First Aid Travel Essentials For All Ages
With the school holidays just around the corner, many parents will be preparing to take their children away on a summer break.
There’s no denying that organising a family holiday can be a stressful occasion, and like all parents, your main concern will be keeping your children safe, happy and healthy.
To give yourself complete peace of mind when planning for your holiday, having a well-stocked first-aid kit can help you prepare for likely accidents and injuries that occur with children and reduce the need for an inconvenient trip to the pharmacy whilst away.
Cuts, scrapes and bruises
Especially for families with young infants, the majority of the time you will be dealing with small cuts and minor wounds. Toddlers are perhaps the most prone to falls and bumps, as they are yet to have a full awareness of potential hazards, coupled with an ever-growing curiosity for their surroundings.
Having an assortment of waterproof plasters and gauze roll bandages are essential provisions for any travel first aid kit, as well as antiseptic wipes to clean open wounds and grazes.
Scalds and burns
Particularly if you plan on having barbecues and campfires whilst away on holiday, young children are especially susceptible to minor burns and scalds. Cool packs can be used to ease any pain caused by accidental contact with a flame, whilst sterilised burn plasters can be used to cover the affected area and prevent infection.
Suncream is also vital and should be applied liberally to children, especially toddlers when exposed to the sun. Remember that the younger the child, the thinner their skin and more prone to burning they will be. Calamine lotion can also be used to help soothe irritated skin and rashes caused by excessive sun exposure.
Foreign objects and impalement are both highly common accidents to be wary of with children. Having tweezers to remove splinters and doughnut bandages to treat areas with impaled objects can help relieve discomfort and prevent further injury or infection. You may also want to take sterile eyewash and eye dressing to wash out harmful bacteria and treat eye infections.
Commonly forgotten provisions
There are also a number of commonly overlooked first aid supplies that can prove to be essential when taking children on holiday:
- Antihistamine cream and antiseptic lotions can help treat stings, insect bites and allergic reactions.
- Paracetamol, rehydration sachets and anti-diarrhoea tablets can also be useful backups for summer holidays. However, you should always be careful to consult the manufacturing guide to find the correct dosage for your child’s age group.
- A variety of medical tools, including safety pins, adhesive tape and scissors can be used to apply and secure bandages and dressings. Sterile disposable gloves are also useful when dealing with bleeding.
- A hand sanitiser – Carrying a hand sanitiser is essential in a first aid kit, not only to kill bacteria if you have dealt with open wounds or infection, but also to prevent the spread of diseases and viruses in general. This has been important in recent times due to the Coronavirus outbreak, so it is vital that you carry a high alcohol content hand sanitiser with you at all times.
Speaking to a healthcare professional or visiting reputable online healthcare sites such as Steroplast can provide you with reliable, professional information on what type of first aid provisions will benefit your family the most.
Whether you are reassembling your own medical provisions or purchasing a pre-packed kit, having well-known, branded medical items will ensure that you have the best treatment available to meet your family’s needs.
When thinking about what you need to keep your children safe on holiday, it is also worth thinking about the age of your children, where you will be and what kind of activities you will be taking part in to determine what first aid equipment is most appropriate.