This general first aid training will cover everything from bones, burns, bumps and bites. Get ready to stay safe this summer! Or, at least know what to watch for when you aren’t.
Summertime can be a lot of fun, but with kids playing outdoors more, comes more risks. More bonks and bruises.
Here are a few quick tips and links that will help you stay safe and sane this summer. Be sure to pin this post for future reference!
Broken Bone First Aid
This post all about broken bone symptoms will give you a good idea if you need to get it checked out or not. Keep in mind that, in general, those no harm in taking a breath and icing it for a bit to evaluate the condition.
Burn First Aid
Sunburn — If it’s just red, keep your kid extra hydrated and apply aloe vera. If it’s blistered apply some neosporin and possibly call your doctor if child seems ill. Watch for any signs of infection.
- Just red — put into cool water for a few minutes, then apply neosporin and a bandiad
- Blistered — same as above, just watch it for infection signs. Do no pop the blister, that’s nature’s bandaid.
- Blackened skin — see medical attention as that can get infected really easily.
Head Trauma First Aid
When kids collide, one often comes out with a nice sized goose-egg. This post about head trauma is going to help you know what to do and what to watch for!
Bruising first aid
I have found arnica to be great on bumps that haven’t broken the skin. I wrote a post about child bruising — and since then I’ve just heard more and more friends who use it. You can still get the stick here — that thing is VERY kid friendly (and great to tell a kid to go put on when they’re whining to you. 🙂
Mosquito Bites first aid
I use a combination of hydrocortisone and lavender oil. It really helps. If they’re bad you can also use benedryl (or any other allergy medication).
First Aid Kit
I talked all about first aid supplies right here. I’d have some extra kid ice packs in your freezer for the summer.
With kids sharing hats and batting helmets, lice happens a lot in the summer. I have a whole post on how to get rid of lice (also to tell it from dandruff).
I am a huge advocate for water safety, being a health care provider in Arizona. I have heard of too many babies dying in unsuspecting pools. You can never be too careful around pools. Gates must always be shut, kids must be aware of watching out for other kids and to be safe.
Even if your child is a decent swimmer, you need to make SURE they know not to be by the pool alone.
We did the “drop them in the pool fully clothed” class but she still knows she can’t be out there by herself.
I am a huge advocate for swim classes too. Preparing from every angle can help prevent a lot of accidents.
My #1 tip for summer safety can come straight to your inbox. Don’t miss it, and check out all my family health tips below that!
This post was originally written in June 2017 and has since been updated.
Rhianna Hawk says
I’m looking for first aid classes to prepare me for my new job as a summer camp assistant this next spring and summer, and your tips for how to take care of general injuries will definitely help me prepare, as well. Your signs of different severities of sunburns and how to treat them will be especially helpful during the heat of the summer, and I definitely will be sure the kids don’t go popping any sunburn blisters they get. That arnica you mentioned is definitely worth a look for bruises, as well, and I’ll be sure to check that out.
Hilary Erickson says
Yup, they’re great tips! I hope they help!