Top tips for dealing with summer first aid problems.
Will you know what to do this if your child has a summer first aid issue?
#1 Keep a small first aid kit in your handbag or change bag as well as at home and in your car so you always have basic first aid supplies easily to hand to deal with any summer first aid problem.
#2 Make sure you replenish your kit regularly and check for items that expire to make sure they are still in date. Remember once you have opened a product it is no longer sterile and using it again could increase the risk of introducing infection into the body.
#3 cuts and grazes – clean out any dirt/grit preferably with running water or a sterile saline wipe. Keep hypo-allergenic plasters as a staple in your kit for covering smaller cuts and sterile, non-fluffy dressings for larger wounds.
#4 bites and stings – remove stingers from bees/wasps carefully with the blunt side of a knife or your fingernail. Tweezers could squeeze more poison into the wound. Apply a cold compress or wrapped ice to the area. Use anti-histamine tablets to reduce itchiness, pain and swelling. Infected bites may require professional medical attention.
#5 sunburn – cool the area under running water for at least 10 minutes. Apply aftersun lotion or aloe vera gel. If skin is blistered, cover with a sterile, non-fluffy dressing to prevent infection.
#6 foreign objects in the eye – rinse the eye with water or a sterile eyewash. If necessary, cover the eye to reduce sensitivity. If an object is embedded in the eye, seek professional medical help.
#7 dehydration – drink plenty of fluids, such as water,diluted squash or diluted fruit juice.
#8 sprains/strains – RICE the problem = rest, ice, comfortable support, elevate. You can use instant ice packs which you squeeze to activate if you are out and about.
#9 drowning – remove the person from the water. Check for breathing and commence CPR if not breathing. Call 999. Once the person is breathing, treat for hypothermia. Monitor until help arrives.
#10 take a first aid course so you know what to do in an emergency situation.
Round up your family, friends or NCT antenatal group and book a private group session so you can learn how to deal with serious (and not so serious) first aid incidents.