Summer First Aid Tips:
Summer brings busy schedules, and lifestyles that keep us all on the go--especially being outdoors more often. Be prepared for bites, bruises and band-aids this summer. Heed the safety tips below:
1. Be prepared. Always carry a First Aid Kit in your car, boat, backpack, duffel bag or diaper bag.
2. Cleaning wounds is an important first step to managing cuts and scrapes. Have on hand a spray can of wound cleansing wash that you can use to clean out a wound in case you are not near a source of running water, or clean water to do the job.
3. Stay hydrated and know the signs of heat stroke. The first sign is cramping in the legs. If this occurs, cool off and drink plenty of fluids. Cramping and light sweating that go untreated will lead to heavier sweating, lightheadedness and nausea. Drink plenty of fluids whenever you are out in the heat and try to get into shade whenever possible.
4. Practice water safety and always have an adult supervising water activities. Make sure children unfamiliar with the water wear a life jacket. Make sure that the supervising adult is actually watching the children (not on the phone, texting or reading), and doing head counts to make sure everyone is accounted for at all times.
5. If you are stung by a bee, wasp or hornet, use a credit card or a blunt-edged object to try and scrape out the stinger. Ice will help with the pain and swelling, and Benadryl will help with any itching and swelling.
6. If you are in a wooded area be sure to wear clothing that covers your skin to help prevent getting ticks. Tucking your pants into your socks is also a good safety measure when in the woods. Always check yourself and anyone else you were with for ticks after leaving the area.
7. Always wear sunscreen and re-apply it often if you are in the water. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage and apply lip balm with an SPF also. If you do get sunburned, Aloe Vera gel/creams can help soothe your damaged skin.
8. Avoid bug bites by wearing insect repellent when you are going to be outdoors for a period of time. Also wear long pants/sleeves if the bugs are especially bad. Hydrocortisone cream can help with itch relief from bug bites, as too much scratching can lead to infection.