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May 16, 2024 3 min read

How to Handle Summer Booboos: A Guide to Outdoor First Aid 

Summer is a time for outdoor play, BBQs, and fireworks, and we come together to have fun with friends and family. Amidst the long days, however, minor injuries and accidents can sometimes happen. Whether it's a grill burn, a fireworks mishap, or a scraped knee from a backyard soccer game, knowing how to handle summer booboos is essential to keep the fun going with calm and confidence. In this guide, we'll explore some common summer injuries and provide tips on how to treat them effectively.

Minor Burns:

The sizzle of the grill and the crackle of camp fires are quintessential sounds of summer celebrations, but they also come with the risk of burns. If someone sustains a minor burn(red without blisters), follow these steps to treat it:

  • Remove the heat source and cool the burn under cold running water for several minutes.
  • Avoid using ice or ice-cold water, as this can further damage the skin.
  • Apply a thin layer of burn cream or aloe vera gel to soothe the pain and promote healing.
  • Cover the burn with a sterile bandage or non-adhesive dressing to prevent further irritation.
  • If the skin blisters, looks charred or is white and leathery, seek medical attention.

Cuts and Scrapes:

When running around outdoors or exploring nature, cuts and scrapes are unavoidable. If someone gets a minor cut or scrape, here's what to do:

  • Clean the wound with mild soap and water to remove dirt and debris.  If water is not available, use a non-sting cleansing wipe or alcohol prep pad. 
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection.
  • Cover the wound with a sterile bandage or adhesive strip to protect it from dirt and bacteria.
  • Monitor the wound for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or pus.

Bruises and Bumps:

Bumps and bruises are par for the course during summer fun. If someone sustains a bruise or bump, follow these steps to provide relief:

  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack to the injured area to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Avoid applying ice directly to the skin, as this can cause frostbite.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to help alleviate discomfort.
  • Encourage rest and elevation of the injured area to promote healing.

Insect Bites and Stings:

Spending time outdoors in the summer can also mean encounters with pesky insects. If someone gets bitten or stung, here's how to provide relief:

  • Remove any visible stingers or insect parts with tweezers.
  • Wash the affected area with soap and water.
  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Use a sting relief pad from your SuperKit, GoKit or MiniKit 
  • Antihistamine medication, such as Benadryl, can possibly be administered to help relieve itching and allergic reactions.

Stay Calm and Confident:

With any injury, it’s always best to stay calm and reassure the injured person, especially if it's a child. Offer words of comfort and encouragement while administering first aid treatment. By remaining calm and confident, you can help alleviate anxiety and promote safety and security.

By following these tips, you can effectively handle summer booboos. Remember to keep a well-stocked first aid kit, like our SuperKit, GoKit or MiniKit on hand, equipped with essentials like burn cream, bandages, and sting relief pads, to handle any minor injuries that may arise. With proper preparation and quick action, you can continue celebrating the spirit of summer with peace of mind.