Each season has it’s own unique and minor injury potentials, and the changing of the seasons is a good time to take inventory and restock the first aids kits at home and in vehicles. Summer has 7 minor injury potentials, all beginning with the letter S. When restocking the first aid kit for summer, prepare with the 7 S’s in mind.
Minor Scrapes On Knees and Elbows
Children are more active on bicycles, skateboards and other wheeled toys during the summer. Combine that with a wearing a summer wardrobe that covers less skin and it’s a recipe for minor scrapes on knees, elbows and other exposed body part. Prepare the summer first aid kit with various sized adhesive bandages, gauze pads and adhesive tape to cover the scrape and keep it clean.
Hot Water Scalds
The hot summer sun heats any standing water and rubber garden hoses left outside. Children who jump into a kiddie pool that has water in it and been sitting out in the sun or who turn on the garden hose and squirt water on themselves or others may be subjected to minor hot water scalds. Stock some non-stick Telfa pads in the summer first aid kit to cover the scald area and keep it clean.
Summer insects abound, many of them have stingers, and the likelihood of coming into contact with a stinging insect is high. Be prepared by stocking the summer first aid kit with antiseptic topical spray to stop the pain and itch at the sting site, oral antihistamines like Benadryl to stop swelling and itching plus a hydrocortisone cream to stop inflammation. Include a pair of tweezers in the first aid kit also to remove any imbedded stingers or ticks that have attached to the skin.
Sprains And Strains
The increased activity level during summer will result in minor sprains and strains. Ace elastic wrap bandages will take care of most of the minor sprains and strains that occur during the summer. Include varying sizes of elastic wrap bandages in the first aid kit to be prepared for children or adult sprains and strains.
If there’s a splinter around, a child’s hand seems to find it. Tweezers are a must for splinter removal. Also include a safety pin and alcohol wipes for disinfecting the splinter entry point and the tools used in the removal.
Painful sunburn can occur even on cloudy days and the summer first aid kit should contain a soothing Aloe Vera gel or lotion for instant cooling of sunburn pain. Add a soft cloth to the first aid kit too to wet and use and use a cool compress to help relieve sunburn pain.
Prepare summer’s first aid kit with the 7 S’s of summer in mind: Scrapes, scalds, stings, sprains, strains, splinters and sunburn.