First Aid Kit When Your Kid Starts Sports
Participating in sports is great for keeping kids active and teaching important life lessons. However, every sport comes with some risk for injury. If your child’s coach doesn’t keep a first aid kit nearby, it’s easy to develop your own. Build your first aid kit based on the specific sport. Some items, however, may be common to all sports.
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Some injuries are common in all sports. This includes cuts, bruises, sprains, broken bones, and concussions. Whatever the sport, start with these first aid kit essentials:
- Dressings and bandages (gauze role, sterile gauze pads, eye pad, roll of adhesive tape, elastic bandage for sprains, sterile cotton balls and swabs).
- Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment for cuts.
- Latex gloves.
- Safety pins to fasten splints and bandages.
- A suction device (or kitchen turkey baster) to flush out deep cuts.
- Scissors for cutting the gauze.
- CPR face shield.
- First aid manual.
- List of emergency numbers.
- Sterile saline eyewash.
- Pain reliever and fever medicines. Do not use aspirin for children and teenagers younger than 18 years of age.
- Waterproof bag or container to keep bandages from getting wet.
- Aloe vera to treat sunburn.
- Water for hydration or to clean debris from a wound.
- Tissues to stop a nose bleed.
Remember to stock plenty of supplies to last several sporting events or practices….