What's in Your On-the-Go First Aid Kit?

Summer is in full swing! Dr. Taglio is here to share some great information about how to make sure your friends and family stay happy and healthy even when the bugs bite or the sun burns.

Parents know how accident prone kids can be and we all know how often these accidents happen at the most inconvenient times and places. Being prepared while you’re on the go can help you handle an emergency at any time. It is great to have a little tool kit packed at all times with emergency essentials to get you through just about any situation. Put together 2 fully stocked first aid kits, one for your home and one for your car that you can grab on the way out to the soccer field, or throw into a backpack for bike rides, beach, and hiking trails.

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Below is a basic checklist of some items to get you started. This basic list is just to get you started and is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to be used as a replacement when medical attention is needed.

First Aid Pocket Manual - Medical supplies are important, but knowing what to do with them is essential. A good first aid manual will provide useful information about what to do when help isn’t available. Consider taking a first aid course as well

Water bottle for cleaning out wounds. The first thing you need to do is clean out the wound and the nearest water source may be too far from where you are. You can use your water bottle to treat dehydration, too.

Hydrogen Peroxide pads or wipes - Quickly clean a wound before dressing it.

Neosporin - Prevents infections in burns, scrapes and cuts.

Sterile Gauze - Most effective to stop bleeding, can be layered and folded to fit.

Telfa Gauze - Great for burns, as this won’t stick to wounds.  Gauze rolls are great for times when you have to wrap a wound and hold pressure on it at the same time.

Medical Tape - Comes in handy for many jobs, like holding gauze in place and splinting.

Bandages - Get latex-free bandaids of many shapes and sizes, including some with butterfly closures (add some cartoon bandages to the mix, they work great too!).

Ace Bandages: First line treatment for sprains and strains, useful for holding bandages in place on bigger wounds and holding splints in place on fractures.

Moleskin - Dr. Scholl’s Moleskin can be cut to any size to protect against blisters/painful shoe friction.

Small Scissors: For cutting dressings to the right size, cutting medical tape, opening packages, trimming hangnails, etc.

Latex free gloves - Great to have on hand when treating others who you may not know, to prevent the spread of bacteria and illness.

Tweezers - Splinter, thorn and cactus needle removal services are not as rare as you may think! Tweezers are typically placed in first aid kits for sterility purposes, used specifically for wounds. Splinter removal requires tweezers, but those tweezers should not double as your eyebrow shaping tweezers. Keep them separate and leave the medical ones packaged until you need them. Once you use them, make sure to sterilize them with rubbing alcohol and putting them carefully away.

Electrolyte replenisher - (Medi-lyte tablets or Dr. Price’s Electrolyte Mix, available on Amazon)- Aides in relief from heat stress, fatigue and muscle cramping due to minerals lost to heat and perspiration

Numbing Spray: Wound numbing spray can be purchased over-the-counter at any pharmacy and can really save-the-day when a child is burned, sun-burned, or has a painful cut or scrape.

Burn Gel - For fast relief of minor burns

Liquid Bandage - Flexible bandage to seal hard to cover places.

Eye Wash - For eye and genaral wound irrigation.

Dermabond – On minor to moderate skin cuts (not puncture wounds) you can use this medically safe form of superglue and butterfly bandages. Used in place of stitches, cuts can heal faster and leave less scarring than stitches. This is especially good for the face, areas that scar easily or in the hair, where other bandages can be difficult to apply such as fingertips or knuckles or other places bandages won’t stay well.

Flashlight/Headlamp: Most people have a reliable light on their cell phones, but a back up LED flashlight or headlamp is good to have. These are very affordable, and can even be found at the dollar store. A flashlight is not just for night-time injuries— a bright light is good to have to see splinters, or look in kids’ mouths, ears, etc.

Thermometer - A forehead thermometer is the most convenient.

Baby wipes: a pack of baby wipes is infinitely useful, especially for keeping hands clean, cleaning up blood, wiping noses etc.

Clean towel: A clean towel is perfect for setting up your first-aid station while you dress a wound or remove a splinter. A towel can be used to contain bleeding on bigger injuries. Highly-absorbent microfiber towels work great and can be stuffed into a small space.

Premade finger splint: Suspect a broken finger? Use a pre-made finger splint until you get your child to the doctor. You can buy premade finger splints at any pharmacy.

Alcohol Wipes: Great for sterilizing first-aid kit instruments, such as tweezers and scissors and also useful for cleaning skin before trying to remove splinters.

Zip lock bags: Zip locks are great to have for keeping track of teeth that fall out or are knocked out. If you pull a tick off a child, put it in a zip lock bag for identification. Certain kinds of ticks are more likely to carry pathogens that cause Lyme disease and other illnesses.

 

A Few Natural Remedies to Add to Your First Aid Tools:

Witch Hazel: Has astringent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, and anesthetic properties, making it a helpful ingredient for many different medicinal preparations and cleaning cuts and scrapes.

Tea Tree Oil - Tea tree oil, used externally, is the perfect wound ointment because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Clean a fresh cut first with water and hydrogen peroxide if necessary, then put on 1–3 drops of tea tree oil and cover it with a bandage to help fight off infections.

Activated Charcoal: For use in food poisoning, intestinal illness, vomiting, diarrhea, ingestion of toxins, etc. Have the local poison control number written inside your first aid kit in case a child ingests a toxic substance and immediately take a child to the hospital if he/she has swallowed a battery or magnet.

Arnica – Topical cream that can be used for muscle pain, injury, bruises or any type of trauma. Arnica greatly reduces healing time, bruises and sore muscles when used topically right after the injury occurs. Do not use internally or on open cuts.

Ginger Capsules – Ginger is excellent for nausea, acid reflux, tummy trouble and morning sickness. Keep some in the car for motion sickness. Ginger also helps soothe the stomach after a digestive illness or food poisoning.

Comfrey - An herb used externally that promotes healing from injuries and broken bones. 

Cayenne Powder– Topically, cayenne powder helps stop bleeding quickly. This is also a useful remedy to take internally during illness as it increases blood flow and speeds recovery. 

Chamomile - Makes a relaxing tincture that helps calm kids if they are ill, having trouble sleeping and works wonders on teething gums. Brewed as a tea, chamomile can be cooled and rubbed on the tummy of a colicky infant to help sooth them. Hint: add some brewed chamomile tea to your child’s bath as it is great for the skin and promotes calmness and relaxation.

Coconut OilCoconut oil’s antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it the ideal multi-tasking product for your first aid kit. This is a great all-in-one all purpose oil! Coconut oil works like magic as a skin salve, an antifungal treatment, diaper cream, a makeup remover, lip balm, anti-itch remedy, can calm down an eye stye, cold sore treatment, soothes sunburns, lice treatment, relieves toothaches and more.

Baking Soda- Also a good easy remedy to keep on hand.  It can be made into a poultice with water and used on spider/insect bites. A paste made from baking soda mixed with vinegar will relieve irritation from poison oak/ivy. A cup of baking soda to a cool bath will relieve sunburned skin.FirstAidKit_POST

There are so many more items you can add to your kit, but these basic items will serve as a great starting point for your toolbox. In some of these cases (like trauma), conventional medical treatment is warranted and I’m certainly grateful that medical treatment is available if needed. When non life-threatening injury or trauma strikes, natural remedies that don’t interfere with the body’s immune and healing responses can help ease symptoms and speed up the healing process. This basic list is just to get you started, I hope you found it useful and helpful. Wishing you a happy, healthy and safe summer!

dr-taglioAs a wife and mother of two active little boys, Dr. Taglio understands that life is busy and can easily get out of balance. She knows how important healthy habits are in maintaining a healthy family. She is committed to addressing the whole body and takes a multi-pronged approach to improving the function of the nervous system, by removing nerve interference through chiropractic, addressing nutritional components and incorporating neuromuscular re-education to maintain spinal health and stability. She has made it her mission to help people not only feel great, but also help them reach their highest potential, in whatever their endeavors are. She has a love for children and their healing through chiropractic and nutrition.

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