Monday, September 1, 2014

Be Prepared for Back to School with the Right First Aid Kit

A recent survey* revealed that a majority of parents (53%) have been unable to care for an injury because they didn’t have the necessary first aid supplies on hand.  A well-stocked first aid kit can make a real difference.  For example, another recent study proved that wounds covered with BAND-AID® Brand base products** healed 5 days faster than uncovered wounds.  In addition, a separate study found that when a bandage is used with NEOSPORIN® Original Ointment, a wound heals 4 days faster than using a bandage alone.

As parents are preparing to send their kids off to summer
To help families prepare for any cuts, scrapes and wounds during this busy back to school season, below are some tips on building a custom first aid kit that is properly stocked and personalized to your family’s needs.

First Aid Kit Tips
·         Essential Items: First aid kits should contain products that can treat your everyday cuts and scrapes, so you are ready for everything from getting a nick while shaving to when your child gets a scrape in the park. Essential products for these situations are antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection and adhesive bandages to cover and protect wounds from dirt and germs, such as decorated BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages with kids’ (and adults!) favorite characters—from Planes to Doc McStuffins. For more serious injuries, always keep items such as gauze, first aid tape and a first aid guide on hand.
·         Customize Your Kit: It’s best to tailor your kit to fit your specific needs.  For example, if you love to garden, you’ll want products that help treat itching from bug bites or rashes you may receive from certain plants, as well as tweezers for splinters.  And if you love to cook, you’ll need products that are waterproof and ones that can help treat minor burns.
·         First Aid On-The-Go: Since 43% of accidents happen when you’re away from home, it’s also important to keep an on-the-go first aid kit on hand.   For these, it’s best to have first aid products that are easy to transport, like NEOSPORIN® NEO TO GO!®.
·         Keep It Current: Once you have a first aid kit, it’s important to check the contents regularly for expired products and also make sure you haven’t depleted any products.  Make sure to check the contents every six months, around the same time that you’re changing your clocks and checking the batteries in your smoke alarm.

My Thoughts

Now I'll tell you a little about my favorite products that I consider a must-have for my first-aid kit. This selection of products is a must-have whether your kids are in camp or at home. Let's start with the Band-Aids. We all know you can't go wrong with this brand. They always stick when you want them to, and they never hurt when you peel them off. Having fun designs like Mickey Mouse, Barbie, TMNT,  the Muppets and more is incentive for fussy toddlers to leave their Band-aids on so they can heal and avoid  cuts getting dirty. These come in a tin case, which is perfect to carry around in your purse on diaper bag.

Neo on the Go is another product you should never leave home without. If the kids fall and scrape their knee while you're at the park or hiking the nature trails, you can treat them on the spot instead of having to cut your activities short. The compact size will fit in your pocket just as easily as your purse. I  was already using these and I have one everywhere--in my purse, my beach bag, even the glove compartment of my car. You can never be too prepared!

Last, but certainly not least, it's the time of year when all things itchy are in full fledged attack mode.  Here in mosquito territory, we can't walk out the door after dusk without getting attacked by a swarm, and it's hard to keep them out of the house. Benadryl Itch Cooling Spray works wonders on mosquito bites as well as other minor annoyances like poison ivy and sunburn.

If you'd like to add these fabulous products to your summer inventory, you can find them at retailers nationwide including but not limited to Walmart, Walgreens, Target and CVS.