The weather is warming up here in Arizona and spring is right around the corner; that means lots of outside play. Whether you take a bike ride, a stroll through the park, or your son or daughter decides to climb a tree, the more active they are the more exercise they get, which is a great thing! However, it also leaves us prone for accidents. Here is a list of items you should keep handy in a first aid kit, either in your car, a diaper bag, or somewhere convenient that is easily transportable. A plastic sandwich container is a great place to keep it, or even an old metal lunchbox. However you creatively package it, here are the basic supplies for your kit:
Adhesive-strip bandages - Whether colorful bandages, cartoon bandages, or flesh colored bandages with or without antibiotics, make sure you have a variety of sizes. Include in your kit, half-inch, three-quarter-inch, and one-inch sizes, as well as some round “spot” bandages.
Gauze pads - (2”x2” and 4’x4” sizes). These should be individually packaged and sterile. You can use them to cover small wounds, using adhesive tape, and to apply pressure to stop bleeding.
Adhesive tape - Porous-paper adhesive tape works fine and is easier to remove than cloth adhesive tape.
Tweezers, needles, and matches - These are for removing splinters. Use the matches to sterilize the needle.
Thermometer - There are a variety of thermometers on the market. Something simple and compact will fit in the kit.
Rubber-bulb syringe - This can be used to rinse wounds and sometimes eyes. (It doesn’t provide enough of a flow to dilute chemicals in the eyes). The three-ounce size is adequate.
Ipecac syrup - You can buy a one-ounce bottle without a prescription. Use it to induce vomiting, but only on the advice of a poison-control center or your pediatrician or doctor.
Antibiotic ointment - Include this in your kit, even if you use bandages with antibiotic ointment on them.
Fever, allergy, and cough and cold medicines - Use as recommended by your Doctor.
A list of emergency phone numbers - Put these numbers in your phone, and print a list to keep in your first aid kit. Include the phone numbers to your doctor, emergency medical services, poison-control center, and dentist.
A first-aid book or booklet, chart, or article - A variety of these can be found online.