You made it to the neighborhood playground on a Tuesday morning. It’s a perfect scene: Your child is blowing off steam on the monkey bars while you sit on a bench in the shade, enjoying chit-chat with other parents and sipping on an iced latte.
But your blissful moment shatters to pieces when you hear the familiar wail of your little one. Is your peaceful 30 minutes away from “Peppa Pig” ruined for the day? It doesn’t have to be!
If you have a Keep>Going First Aid Kit bag handy, you can treat most common playground injuries in a snap. Here are three of the most common boo-boos you’re bound to encounter at a playground and ways to treat them on the spot.
A Cut or Scrape
Like most moms, you’ve probably seen countless scraped knees or minor cuts on your child. Don’t let this tiny injury ruin the day. If you’re at the playground and your child gets scraped, you can treat it right away. First, whip out your cute First Aid Kit and grab some antibiotic ointment, gauze, and a bandage.
If the cut is actively bleeding, place the gauze over it and apply pressure for about 30 seconds. When the blood stops, use a dab of antibiotic ointment and gently spread it over the wound. Put the bandage on the wound and your kid is good to go. Keep an eye on the cut to ensure it’s healing properly and seek medical treatment if it seems deep, there’s debris in it, or it won’t stop bleeding.
Ill-fitting footwear or sand in shoes can cause blisters when your child runs around at the park. These little monsters are painful, so it’s no wonder your child is miserable and refuses to play. Get them back out to the teeter totter quickly by pulling out your antibiotic ointment and gauze from your trusty Keep>Going personal First Aid Kit.
It’s tempting to pop the blister but this can cause infection. Instead, spread a bit of antibiotic ointment on the wound, then wrap gauze around it. Carefully place your child’s shoe back on and they’re off! Wash the area when you get home and change out the gauze dressing at least once a day until the blister is healed. If it looks infected, take your child to the doctor.
If a splinter is the culprit for your child’s tears, there’s good news: It’s super easy to treat. Grab the premium tweezers from your Keep>Going compact First Aid Kit and get ready for surgery. Distract your child with the kit’s fun kid stickers as you gently pull the splinter from your child’s skin. Place a dab of antibiotic ointment on the area to prevent infection. Keep an eye on the spot and if it looks red or swollen, go see a doctor.
Your Keep>Going personal First Aid Kit is designed to help so the sound of your child crying doesn’t have to signal the end of your serene playground time. With your supermom magic and the essential tools in your First Aid Kit bag, it’s easy to treat these common playground injuries and send your child back to the swings!