Keep a well-stocked first aid kit in the home AND in the car.
Both kits should have an ‘over’ supply of “character or simply bright coloured” waterproof Band-Aids in there, they’re great distraction therapy and will have the child focusing on something other than the injury.
In the kits have a list of emergency numbers and any allergies/ medical conditions your family has. If possible laminate the sheet so it’s reasonably waterproof.
Nappy bags are an extra must have in first aid kits, for any rubbish removal and for when people are feeling like they may throw-up.
Large burn sheets and dressings are a must, though if you or the person you’re treating are burnt, instantly cool the burn with gently flowing cold water first for up to 20 minutes – of if it’s a child, for a long as is possible. And if required you will need to cover and protect the burnt area with this non- stick dressing.
If in doubt call an ambulance ‘000’ or 112 on a mobile phone.
Ice packs are a great must have and ‘no’ you don’t require a freezer to use them. Chemical ice packs are great to use on the go and important for many bumps, bites and little accidents kids have (BUT don’t forget to wrap the ice pack first to protect the skin, use a sock if you need to if no other material is available!)
Tweezers and a splinter kit are also very helpful for minor stings and injuries that kids seem to have while playing outdoors.
A red coloured bandage or clean red cloth to help control any major blood loss is important to overcome the tears associated with some nasty falls.
Finally, it’s never too early to teach the kids how to ring “000” – start from an early age and have them recite their address too, many children can be very helpful in time of need.
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