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Summer is here, and when children are outside more, there are so many more things that can happen to them that need first aid. There are bug bites, broken bones, sunburn, cuts, grazes, and sprains, to name just a few. The good news is that if you are prepared, you can possibly easily treat some of these issues using things that you have at home. Getting a first aid kit that is ready-made can be a good place to start, but there can be some items that are lacking in these pre-made first aid kits for a family in the summer.
If you are getting ready for a trip with the kids or want to just be more prepared for any possible injuries or accidents, then here are the must-haves for your family first aid kit at home. Also, remember to pack the first aid kit in the car when you are going on a trip, as it will be no use to anyone if it is left at home!
Store-bought first aid kit
A store bought first aid kit is a good place to start, as it will have essentials like gauze, Band-Aids, tape, bandages, and some other items like tweezers or scissors. Make sure that you put it all in a ready to grab bag, that has enough space for everything you need to take. This will make it much simpler to just grab it and go, whether for a trip or after an accident at home.
Having a bottle or two of water in with your first aid kit can be really helpful. I actually keep a case of bottled waters in our trunk especially in summer time. We have been stranded on the side of the road more than once and just having some water to drink can make all the difference. It is important to stay hydrated and getting dehydrated can be a big risk in and of itself. But water can also be used to rinse out a wound or clean a graze or scratch.
Ice is one of the best things that you can apply to an injury like a sprain or a bruise. When you’re at home you could grab anything from the freezer, like a pack of frozen veggies, as it will have the same impact. When you’re out and about, having a cold pack with you can be really helpful. Websites like ScripHessco sell them, as well as hot and cold packs, which can be good for little injuries, especially muscular injuries.
Having some alcohol wipes in your first aid kit arsenal will help in a number of ways. You can clean any first aid kit instruments, such as scissors or tweezers before use, as well as cleaning a cut or graze. They can be used to clean skin, which can be a good idea when there are bug bites or you’re about to remove a splinter.
Benadryl & Pain Medication
This is a really important medicine for all families to have, as it can be used for a number of things. It can treat hives, bug bites, hay fever, and other allergic reactions or pain medication can help with painful problems as well. If you have children, then some liquid Benadryl for kids is important, as you never know when there may be an allergic reaction. We always have Benadryl and Ibuprophen in our medicine cabinet at home and I always pack these for any trips we go on – even if it’s just a day trip. My kids and I have allergies that can get out of hand so this is super important for us.
Sometimes, I get hangry and it’s super important that I don’t get so hangry that I hurt myself or others. JUST KIDDING!!! Seriously, you never know if someone might be diabetic and needs to eat something quickly like a spoon full of honey or a packet of real sugar(not diet stuff) because of blood sugar issues. Don’t try to do this if they are passed out and be sure to immediately call 9-1-1. Check out this WebMD article to learn more about hypoglycemia.
These are just some of the main things that I include in our family first aid kit. Be sure to keep it in an easy to transport bag. And be sure to bring it with you when on trips whether that means for a big family vacation or a daytrip.
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