IN THE FIRST AID KIT: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MINOR INJURIES AT THE PLAYGROUND
The children are running wild at the playground. You finally find time for a chat with other parents, to read the newspaper or check your mobile phone. Suddenly, there’s a screaming child with a bump on the head. Oh, no. Help! Now what?
Of course you don't have an ice bag at hand. In these cases, a big hug and a few words of consolation definitely help. Later, maybe even ice will help. Unfortunately, little playground accidents are inevitable, and of course, you can't always have remedies for everything, but a few basic precautions are definitely very useful.
Treatment of scrapes: a hug to heal
When the kids fall down and bleed, it's often more fear than anything else. If possible, stop the bleeding and if it's superficial, there are a couple of quick home remedies that help. If you aren't sure, of course it's better to go to the hospital or call an ambulance and absolutely try to remember if your child has had a tetanus vaccination, otherwise go to the doctor right away!
Adhesive bandages for kids: the more colourful, the better
The first thing to do is stay calm. As soon as we give the feeling of being unsafe or in a panic, the child is also affected. Having a small first aid kit with the most important things, such as disinfectant for wounds and bandages for children, relieves the pain immediately and calms them down. The "boo boo" is almost immediately forgotten if the adhesive bandage has some nice colourful designs.
The first aid kit and other magical remedies: an adhesive bandage to console children
Blowing on the bump, caring words, a strong hug and a kiss from mom or dad: these are the most effective remedies for children. Once the colourful adhesive bandage has been applied, the little one finds even more relief with a second comforting bandage. It’s definitely a good idea to have a couple of drops of Bach flower remedies at hand for emergencies.
And even some candy never hurts. Some mothers swear by a couple of sugar or dextrose cubes, or colourful vitamins shaped like dragons or cars. This particular medicine should be used only in "emergencies".
The good old remedies for children for splinters, wasp stings, etc.
If your child has a splinter that you can’t get out, here are some tips: put a slice of tomato or onion on the wound, wrap with gauze and leave on for two or three hours. Both ingredients are available at Lidl. Later it will be easier to pull out the splinter. Even a hot soapy bath helps because it softens the skin and helps to remove the splinter more quickly.
In case of wasp or bee stings, firstly check if the stinger is still there (in this case it was a bee). Remove it right away before cooling the sting with a cold compress or ice cubes. The cold causes the blood vessels to contract and reduces swelling. Even half a fresh onion, from which you extracted some juice, helps if kept on the sting. But even lemon or fruit vinegar can soothe the pain. During bee and wasp season it’s essential to take some preventive measures. Never leave drinks open and avoid using straws or use only thin straws.
Summary: here's what to put in the "first aid kit" for children
- Disinfectant for wounds (suitable for children)
- Instant hot/cold bags
- Sterile adhesive bandages of different sizes
- Sterile gauze/compresses
- Elastic wraps
- Tweezers for splinters
- Tick information
- Gummy bears*
*At Lidl, you’ll find a wide range of sweet temptations.