June 09, 2022 4 min read
School’s out, days are longer and kids are on the move more than usual during summer. With so many fun, adventurous activities to do, it’s no surprise that American emergency rooms see an uptick in daily visits during the warmer months, from kids and adults alike. We’ve gathered 3 common summer injuries and tips on how to treat them on your own so you can KEEP>GOING all summer long!
One of the MOST popular—not to mention most painful— summer ailments is a sunburn. We all know how hard it is to keep your child lathered up with sunscreen all day, but boy is it important! Sometimes it can take 1-2 days for a burn to fully develop on the skin after exposure, then several more days after that for the burn to fully heal. There are a few key items found in ourKEEP>GOING First Aid Kits that can help ease the pain and discomfort while the skin is healing:
If you don’t see improvement with these at-home care methods, or a burn is accompanied by nausea, chills, a fever, blistering, headache, or extreme pain, bring your child to the Emergency Department right away.
That’s a fancy way of saying a skin reaction caused by poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac and the like. Most cases don’t require treatment by a doctor, though wide spread, heavily blistered cases should be seen by a professional. To treat a mild skin reaction:
This type of rash will typically heal on its own in 2-3 weeks.
A sprain is an injury to a ligament caused by torn fibers in the ligament. These tears can be small and partial or completely torn apart, depending on the severity of the injury. Sprains often swell up quickly and can be very painful. Typically, the more pain the more severe the injury is. For minor sprains, when the pain is tough but tolerable, you can try these healing methods on the go:
As summer rolls on, be sure to bring your KEEP>GOING First Aid Kit with you everywhere you go for moments like these! Like this blog? Follow us on Instagram at@keepgoingfirstaid and like us onFacebook for tips and more!
The Pepper Family at KEEP>GOING First Aid
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