As parents, we’ve all been there — that dreadful moment when something happens to your kids and you’re not prepared. If this has happened to you, you’re not alone.
Last summer renowned pediatrician and ER doctor, Dr Dina Kulik, was on a hike with her family when her eldest son (who is now seven years old) was stung by a bee. Even though she’s an ER doctor, you’d think she’d be prepared, but (like so many of us) she says she initially freaked out. She did what many moms would do and simply left the camping and hiking site, took the kids for ice cream and called it a day. Medically, she didn’t treat the sting because she didn’t have what she needed.
Dr. Kulik compiled a list of her doctor recommended summer safety tips:
Restock your medicine cabinet for summer. Check expiration dates of all of your products and then add items specifically for summer issues.
(2) Keep your medicine kit easily accessible
When it comes to products like Band-aids, gauze, antibiotic creams (like Polysporin) and tweezers (for tick removal) where you store the items is more about convenience for your family. But, when it comes to actual liquid or chewable medicines, find somewhere dry and cool.
Avoid the instinct to keep your medicines in a bathroom cabinet since it’s often humid and warm thereby affecting product stability.
Dr. Kulik recommends keeping your medical products in a tightly sealed rubber bin with a lid. Then place the kits where ever you might need them. For example, have one ready in your diaper bag or back pack so you can grab it and go. Or, keep one by the front door so you’ve got it when you need it. We like to keep basic supplies in the car as well.
SUMMER MEDICINE KIT ESSENTIALS:
- Band-aids of various size
- Tylen/Advil for pain relief
- Antibiotic cream or ointment
- Sterile wipes to clean out cuts
- Sun screen
- Benadryl to treat allergic reactions
- Extra clothing for accidents or if kids get wet while outdoors
If your child appears to be having an allergic reaction, read about how to deal with that by clicking here. If the symptoms are basic (sneezing, itchy, watery eyes etc) simply treat with an antihistamine like Benadryl. If the symptoms appear more severe (vomiting, diarrahea, difficulty breathing, severe hives) head straight to an emergency room and DO NOT give an antihistamine until your child has been seen by a doctor.
If you’ve got any summer medicine kit essentials that you think we should know about, send us a message so we can add it to the list.
As always, happy travels and enjoy the outdoors!