It was National Picnic Week last week and I'm afraid we had a bit of a washout didn't we. As a family we love to go to the park have a picnic and spend a few hours outside in the fresh air.
Not only do we pack a picnic I also normally carry a few plasters and wipes with me as my daughter can trip over the smallest thing or normally is the first to get a bump. Below is some first aid summer tips.
Dr Roger Henderson summer first aid tips:
1. Cuts and grazes
Clean any wound under a cold running tap and then pat the area dry with a clean towel. Don’t use cotton wool as this can stick to wounds and keep the dressing clean by changing it whenever necessary.
2. Insect stings
If you are bitten or stung, you can treat the symptoms by washing the affected part of the body with soap and water and then putting a cold compress over the area to reduce swelling. Try not to scratch the area however itchy it may be, since this can cause it to become infected. If it stays painful you can take painkillers which include paracetamol or use a spray or cream that contains local anaesthetic, antihistamine or mild hydrocortisone (1%) on the affected area to prevent itching and swelling.
3. Vomiting and diarrhoea
Diarrhoea caused by food poisoning is a common summer holiday hazard causing the body to lose more fluids and salts such as sodium and potassium than usual. This can cause dehydration, a particular risk for the elderly and infants. Rehydration solutions help the body replace lost water and salts quickly and easily.
The worst pain occurs 6 to 48 hours after sun exposure and the skin often flakes off after a few days. Avoid being outside between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its strongest and always use sunscreen with a high skin protection factor (SPF) before going outside into the sun
5. What Should I pack in my first aid kit?
I would recommend packing these essential items in any first aid kit, to keep you and your family feeling healthy all holiday - Plasters, fluid replacement sachets, paracetamol, antihistamines, antacids, anti-diarrhoeals, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory creams and anti-nausea tablets.
Here are my top items that will be in my first aid kit for days out.
Germolene Antiseptic Cream is a great base to have in a first aid kit, perfect for cuts, scrapes, grazes and insect bites and works as an antiseptic, local anaesthetic.
Stop and Rehydrate and Oralyte an on the go rehydration drink, perfect to take with you as a great tasting hydration drink.
Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops to relieving irritation and redness of the eyes, due to Hayfever. I suffer with Hayfever a lot and use drops already if my eyes are bad.
One for the adults For the relief of nasal hayfever symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose, try Nasacort Allergy Nasal Spray.
After a day of lovely weather we may need some Aloe Vera Gel to help soothe the irritation caused by over-exposure to the sun as well as moisturising the skin.
Cuticura Sensitive Anti Bacterial Hand Gel is a must I don't go out anywhere without a bottle of handgel or Cuticura Sensitive Anti Bacterial Hand Wipes. They are a must for mucky hands.
As we couldn't have a picnic outside last week we had one inside and Lexie invited lots of friends too!