As parents, we’ve all been there – you’re at the park and your child falls and scrapes their knee. Or while playing on the playground, your child gets stung by a bee. Before tending to your little one’s wound, the first question you ask yourself is: Do I have a first-aid kit available?
Keeping a well-stocked first-aid kit is important for parents. You want to make sure that you are ready at all times to treat basic injuries, illnesses, prevent infection, and avoid any unnecessary trips to the urgent care.
A well-stocked first-aid kit should be kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children and is a must-have for every home. Many doctors and nurses also advise parents to keep first-aid kits in their cars and to bring them on family vacations for emergencies. Having the right supplies ahead of time is key, therefore it’s important to know exactly which items you should keep in your first-aid kit.
Here are the 5 most essential items that you should keep in your first-aid kit:
- Bottled water
- Children’s Motrin
- Antibiotic cream
Band-aids are essential for covering wounds as it protects it from any kind of friction, bacteria, damage, or dirt. The bandage adds another layer of protection and allows the wound to heal faster, speeding up the overall healing process. Band-aids also meet the emotional needs of children, serving as a physical and visual reminder that they are being nurtured, loved, cared for, and protected by those who are treating the injury or wound. Band-aids give children a sense of comfort and allow them the opportunity to continue being active until the wound is completely healed. They should always be included in your first-aid kit.
One of the most important parts of wound care is having bottled water. Bottled water should always be nearby for two main reasons: To use as emergency drinking water when your child is dehydrated and to clean a wound. When tending to a wound, you can flush the wound with clean water to remove any contamination.
Did your child get a splinter and need to pull it out? Did they get stung by a bee or pricked by ticks or thorns? Tweezers can do the trick and can pull these right out. Tweezers are the safest way to remove any foreign material that’s too small to be picked out with your hands or fingers. Be sure to always disinfect the tweezers with alcohol before and after each use.
Is your child experiencing any pain from an illness or injury or are they fighting a fever? Children’s Motrin is a good choice as it can help soothe and reduce any pain or fever that your child may experience. Be sure to read and follow all directions on the product package before using this medication. If you have any questions regarding this or any medication, consult with a medical professional.
If your child loves to play outdoors, it’s important to keep some antibiotic cream in your first-aid kit to treat any wounds that may come from playing outdoors. Antibiotic cream is used to treat minor wounds such as cuts, scrapes, burns, and any type of mild skin infections. When applying the cream to the affected area, it soothes the skin and helps clean the wound. Antibiotic cream sterilizes wounds, helps prevent infection, and promotes faster healing.
Remember, it’s very important to always have a well-stocked first-aid kit readily available and nearby so that you can access the items and treat your children’s injuries as quickly as possible.
If your child’s injury is more severe than a first-aid kit can handle then be sure to bring them in. We, at Trusted Medical, are here for you and ready to treat any illness or injury. We have a pediatric urgent care, a pediatric emergency room, and a brand-new pediatric service that will come right to your home. My Trusted Pediatrics offers calls to pediatric experts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and visits right to your home.
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