Summer Safety: First Aid Essentials
For more summer safety tips, listen to our podcast episode Keeping Kids Safe Outdoors.
Every family should have at least one first aid kit at home which is well stocked and readily accessible. It’s also helpful to keep a first aid kit in the car and one to bring on trips. Kids get lots of cuts and scrapes during the warm summer months, so it’s nice to be prepared. Don’t forget to restock the kit once an item has been used. Be sure to keep a list of emergency numbers where they are easy to find. This list should include: emergency medical services (911), the doctor’s number, the dentist’s number, poison control, a number where mom and/or dad can be reached and any other important phone numbers.
What better time to stock a first-aid kit than at the start of the summer season, when many accidents occur. While you can’t prevent all accidents, you can be prepared.
Here is a list of helpful things to include:
- Antibacterial gel or foam
- Triple-antibiotic ointment
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Sterile gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Cold packs
- Infant and children’s Motrin or Tylenol
- Oral antihistamine
- Rubbing alcohol
- Digital thermometer
- Meat tenderizer for bug bites/stings
Click here for a printable version of our first aid essentials list.