Summer vacation is fast approaching. Many think fun in the sun. I think scrapes, cuts, and sunburn. I hate to be such a pessimist, but kids will be kids, and my poor kids are about as graceful as their mother. So I figure it’s better to be prepared with a little knowledge so that I can give more kisses and hugs after dispensing the first aid with ease.
With school-aged kids, we don’t have to worry so much about baby proofing; however, it’s still a good idea to consider ways to avoid accidents before they happen. Be sure to maintain all sports equipment such as bikes, scooters, and skateboards. Also, it’s important that kids wear proper safety gear when riding. Helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads will prevent scrapes and scratches as well as serious injuries.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is essential, especially when traveling with children. You can buy kits already put together or you can make your own. I like to use a small, pre-packaged kit to keep in the car for travel. We’re always busy in the summer, going to the park or the pool for day trips, and occasionally heading out of town for longer ventures. No matter what the size, it’s important that your kit is stocked with the following supplies:
- sterile pads
- bandage tape
- OTC pain reliever
- ipecac syrup (it’s possible for young school-agers to swallow poisonous liquids)
- ice pack
- antibiotic ointment
- Benadryl for allergic reactions
- Pepto Bismol
- box of Band Aids
These are the supplies I carry. I’ve seen more extensive lists, and I’ve seen others that do not include all the items I have. These are my suggestions from ten years of dealing with children’s first aid. You know your own children and their most common issues. Keep them in mind when creating your list.
Fun in the Sun
Always have sunscreen for your child. An SPF of at least 15 is recommended, but I’d say go higher. You’ll want to apply the sunscreen about a half hour before heading out and be sure to reapply every two hours, maybe more frequently if your child is in the water. Aloe vera lotion is a nice treatment for after sun.
Use common sense and be prepared ahead of time. This will lessen your stress and allow you to handle accidents better as they occur. Having your first aid kit ready and knowing that you’ve taken preventative measures will allow you and your kids to have a more fun-filled and worry-free summer. Enjoy!