Beat the Heat: Creating Your Summer First Aid Kit
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Beat the Heat: Creating Your Summer First Aid Kit

With the sun shining all day and well into the evening, it’s hard to deny that summer is one of the best times in Memphis for activity and adventure with your family. Schedules fill up quickly with camps, vacations, sports, playdates, and many other events to soak up the season.

While your family is busy running around, many health and wellness concerns take a back seat. Sometimes problems arise when you least expect them, putting a halt on your summer fun and adding stress to your already jam-packed schedule. Instead of getting overwhelmed when an injury occurs, be prepared instead.

First Aid To The Rescue!

From bug bites to broken bones, summertime injuries can dampen your plans for family fun. To make the most of your summer, it’s best to have the tools you need in the event of an emergency.

Creating a first aid kit for summer is an easy and effective way to keep your kids happy and safe all summer long. Follow your Memphis pediatrician's 5 steps to building your summer first aid kit, and then get back to enjoying your summer!

1. Medicine

While you may have medicine handy for some of your child’s medical needs, it is always wise to have an extra dose around in your first aid kit. When you stock up, we recommend adding the following:

  • Benadryl for allergies and itchiness – be sure to note if you have the drowsy formula!
  • Dramamine for motion sickness, particularly when traveling by car, air, or boat.
  • Pain Reliever, Ibuprofen or Tylenol, to relieve headaches, pains, swelling, fever, and more.

2. Skin Care

With all the time spent outdoors, skin is exposed to a wide range of hazards through the summer. Fill your first aid kit with these products to keep skin from being burnt, chapped, and hurt:

  • Sunscreen is your best friend during the summer – lather up to help your child avoid sunburns and permanent skin damage. If your child is prone to sunburns, reapply sunscreen regularly and also have some aloe vera on hand.
  • Bug spray keeps the bugs, and itchy skin, at bay!
  • Chapstick, especially with SPF already in it, reduces the harmful effects of sun and wind on your child's lips.
  • Hydrocortisone can help with serious bug bites or itching caused by poison ivy/poison oak. Consult your pediatrician if the irritated area persists for more than a week; also talk to your doctor first if the affected area is near the eyes or mouth.

3. Bandages

Whether your child has a minor cut or a serious injuries, there are a few things to have on hand:

  • A towel can be used to stop bleeding, but also is helpful to use as a clean surface when you are outdoors and handling an emergency situation.
  • ACE bandages can be helpful to hold a sprain or broken limb still until you see a doctor.
  • Gauze can help stop a bleeding area, and is especially effective when a tooth has been knocked out.
  • Band-Aids of all sizes should be in your first aid kit, ready to tackle injuries big and small. We also recommend keeping Neosporin and hydrogen peroxide available to clean any wounds.
  • Tissues can stop a bleeding nose and, of course, can wipe away any tears that may come with injuries!

4. Liquids

The liquids in your first aid kit serve a variety of purposes, and they are all essential to keeping emergencies to a minimum:

  • Ear Drops are especially necessary after spending time at the pool. Avoid swimmer’s ear and ear infections by putting in a few drops, in each ear after a pool day.
  • Eye Drops can soothe an irritated eye, either from itchiness or when dust or an object has gotten in it.
  • Gatorade helps a dehydrated child.
  • A water bottle serves a few purposes, including: washing out eyes; soothing severe burns, where it is best to use water, rather than ice; or to clean out an injured area, such as a wound or missing tooth.

5. Emergency Tools

Along with the staples previously mentioned, there are a few items to keep readily accessible in case your child’s emergency requires quick attention:

  • Tweezers can help remove a painful splinter or other item that has been lodged in your child’s skin.
  • A small container is helpful if a child’s permanent tooth is knocked out – the clean container gives a better chance for the tooth to be placed back in.
  • Our phone number should be saved in your phone so we can help as quickly as possible. Call our appointment line, 901-757-3535, and we can help! In the event of an emergency, always call 911 first.

Also, please note that our Cordova office offers weekend clinic hours, our Germantown location has a night clinic, and all of our offices have walk-in appointments available from 8:00-8:45am Monday through Friday.

As always, remember to ask your doctor regarding any questions you may have about your child’s health and safety. Be sure to participate in activities this summer that put your child’s well-being first, ensuring a happy and safe summertime.

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Posted by Tim Flatt at 3:26 PM
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