School’s out and kids are involved in endless summer fun and activities. Summertime is a great break, but it can also bring about a wide array of injuries in children such as tick bites, bee stings, nosebleeds, wounds and more. Being educated, prepared, and having a first aid kit readily available can help prevent minor injuries from turning into traumatic injuries.
Keep a first aid kit with you wherever you go. Keeping one in the car helps to ensure that you will almost always have one readily available. It is important if you have a first aid kit to check it regularly for expired items. Responding to an injury promptly is important as well.
For basic care, here are some tips:
• Tick bites — Remove the tick immediately using tweezers by gently pulling the tick.
• Bee stings — Tweezers do not work as well with bee stings. For bee stings gently using a credit card or fingernail to remove the stinger works better. After the stinger is removed, apply a cold compress. If your child is having trouble breathing or is swelling, call 911 immediately.
• Nosebleeds — Have your child tilt their head slightly forward and hold pressure on the soft part of the nose, right under the bridge. If bleeding has not stopped within 10 minutes, contact your doctor.
• Wounds — First, apply pressure to the site to control bleeding. Once bleeding is controlled, rinse the wound out with clean water. For larger, gaping wounds apply firm pressure until help arrives.
• Broken bones and sprains — If the bone is protruding, call 911. For sprains and strains, follow the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
• Eye injuries — Don’t touch, rub, or apply pressure to the eye. Flush with water if there is debris or a chemical in the eye. Be sure to flush with the affected eye facing down, so the object/chemical will not be flushed into the other eye.
• Heat exhaustion — Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or a sports drink to prevent dehydration and overheating.
• Sunburn — Always wear sunscreen and reapply often. If you are sunburned, apply aloe to the area to help soothe the burn.
Prevention is key to keeping our children safe and healthy not only in the summer months, but year round. Taking steps to prevent serious injuries through education is the mission of Safe Kids Worldwide.
On July 25, Safe Kids Henry County is working with the Family Resource Center at its Back to School Blast to provide education, fun and games, and giveaways to families to promote keeping your children safe. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Central Community Service Center, 55 Jones Bend Road Extended.
We will also be offering car seat checks by certified child passenger safety technicians to ensure car seats are installed properly in or for your vehicle. There will be several giveaways including school supplies, car seats, and more. Please join us for this fun, free event.
Henry County Medical Center will be offering a Heartsavers CPR/first aid course at 8 a.m. July 12 at the hospital. The first aid portion provides training for dealing with all of the injuries above as well many more. For any questions about the Safe Kids Event or to register for the CPR/first aid course, contact the HCMC Findline at 644-3463.
LORI STAMBAUGH is the community nurse educator at Henry County Medical Center. A registered nurse, she has a bachelor’s degree in nursing.