Here’s a quick list of first aid tips to help see you and the kids through the next couple of months:
- Standard Precautions—Before touching any blood or body fluid, put a barrier between yourself and the fluid. Barriers like latex gloves, sandwich baggies, or even thick rolled-up towels might do in a pinch.
- Bleeding—Most scrapes or cuts are minor and will stop bleeding without our help. When they don’t, take a clean cloth and press on the wound for about 20 minutes. Elevate the site if possible. If the bleeding doesn’t stop or significantly slow down, get professional advice.
- Wounds—No need for soap in the wound, just rinse it out with clean water. If any fragments remain, pluck them out with clean tweezers. Put antibiotic ointment on the wound to help prevent infection and cover it with a bandage. If the wound seems deep, more than ¼ inch, get stitches.
- Heat—If you or someone else is suffering from heat stroke, get in the shade, cool down with water from a garden hose or another source, and call for the pros because heat stroke isn’t something with which you want to mess around.
- Insects—If you’re stung, scrape the stinger from side to side to remove it. Wash the site with soap and water and put an ice pack on it to reduce swelling. If you have a tick, remove it with tweezers, pinching it as close to your skin as you can. Wash the area with soap and water, as you would with any bug bite.
- Vaccines—Check with your healthcare provider to see what immunizations are right for you.
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Now for the small print, which we’ll keep normal size for easier reading: The information on PKIDs’ blog is for educational purposes only and should not be considered to be medical advice. It is not meant to replace the advice of the physician who cares for your child. All medical advice and information should be considered to be incomplete without a physical exam, which is not possible without a visit to your doctor.