The weather is warming up and we are all getting to be outside! Finally! This winter took for.ev.er to wrap up and even now we’re still having cold days here in the mid Atlantic. Even so, my kids and I aren’t housebound any more and there’s a lot more time spent on the playground, in the yard, and soon we’ll be able to go to the pool.
Sidebar: I love the pool. Nothing makes kids sleep as well as an afternoon of swimmng.
The downside to being outdoors in the warm weather is all the injuries that come along with it. I don’t know about your kids, but mine have no regard for their own health and safety. My baby munches mulch. My son goes flying through the air as he leaps off playground equipment. There is never a day where they aren’t bruised, scraped and dirty. Knock wood, the injuries are never serious, but they’re constant.
In preparation for summer, I’m stocking up my medicine cabinet and first aid kit for the car. Here are my must have items for summer safety!
First Aid Essentials for Summer 1 of 8
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Band Aids 2 of 8
These are a no brainer. You just have to have a stash of band-aids everywhere: in the house, in the car, in your bag. Someone will need one so just keep them on hand.
Gauze Pads 3 of 8
For bigger scrapes and cuts, gauze pads are really handy. They cover more than a plain old band-aid and are good for applying pressure to a scrape that's bleeding a lot. You can get tape to adhere them or just use band-aids.
Benadryl Stick 4 of 8
I love these for on-the-go bug bite treatment. They fix the itch quickly. Just make sure to read the label or check with your pediatrician if your child takes other allergy medications.
Aloe Vera 5 of 8
Aloe is the best thing for burns. I always sunscreen my kids before we go out but if they do get sunburn, aloe cools the pain. Bonus? It's super cheap.
Water 6 of 8
This is less first aid than everything-under-the-sun aid. Keeping a case of bottled water in the trunk of the car means you'll always be able to wash an injury, clean filthy hands, or rehydrate an overheated kid. Grab some on your next Costco trip and just leave it in the car.
Alcohol Swabs 7 of 8
These are great for cleaning skinned knees so there dirt doesn't lead to infection. They'll also work for cleaning hands before eating a picnic at the park!
Ice Pack 8 of 8
The regular kind are always in my freezer and the one-time self-activating ones are in the car. Kids get bumped and bruised and being able to stop the swelling fast is a must.
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