Published on July 07, 2017

Stocking Your Summer First Aid Kit

First Aid KitWhen you’re on summer vacation, the last thing you want is to deal with an injury. If something unfortunate does happen, having a well-stocked first aid kit can help you treat the small things quickly. In most cases, any small injuries will fit into one of three categories: something is bleeding, swollen or itchy.

To prepare for each of these incidents, keep the following items on hand:

  • Cuts – keep a clean kitchen towel, band aids, an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, gauze squares or strips and tape (although duct tape will work in a pinch!). Use the kitchen towel to apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding while you prepare the band aids and ointment. For odd shaped or larger scrapes and cuts, use the gauze to cover the injury. If the cut is wide or more than an inch long and won’t stay closed with a band aid, it’s important to consider visiting an urgent care.
  • Swollen areas from a fall or impact – keep an empty plastic zip bag. Add ice cubes to the bag to use on the swollen area. If you can’t put weight on the injured area you should see a physician to see if an x-ray is necessary.
  • Rash, allergy or bug bite – keep antihistamines, such as Benadryl or Claritin, and cortisone cream in your first aid kit. If you have an allergic reaction and you can’t stop wheezing, get help as soon as possible. In most cases, bug bites and rashes can be treated at home using hydrocortisone cream to help with the itching.

Dr. Laura Murray, an urgent care specialist with Cone Health Urgent Care at MedCenter Mebane, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about how to put together a good first aid kit for your family.