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Summer Fun and First Aid

Summer is here and that means Summer Camp, Vacations, Pool Time, and Fun in the Sun!

It always important to be prepared during the summer months. Below is a list of Dr. Farber’s recommendation for your at-home First Aid Kit.

Basic supplies

  • Antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin or Bacitracin)
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap, for example Ace, Coban, ect., and bandage strips, like Band-Aid or Curad in assorted sizes
  • Bulb suction device for flushing out wounds
  • Cotton balls and Q-Tips
  • Disposable latex or synthetic gloves, at least two pair
  • Instant cold packs
  • Paper tape
  • Gauze pads and rolls of  gauze in assorted sizes
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant, such as Vaseline
  • Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Sling
  • Sterile eyewash or saline solution
  • Thermometer

Medications

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Over-the-counter oral antihistamine, for example Benadryl
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers
  • Calamine lotion
  • Over-the-counter 1%  hydrocortisone cream
  • If prescribed by your doctor, drugs to treat an allergic attack, such as an auto-injector of epinephrine, like an EpiPen or Twinject
  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon

Emergency items

  • Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers and the regional poison control center
  • List of medications for each member of the family
  • Small, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
  • Matches
  • Sunscreen
  • First-aid instruction manual

If you or your child needs more intensive wound care than just your at-home first aid kit, Dr. Farber’s EZ Stitch program is your fast track to high-quality wound care – no lines, no taking a number, no sitting in the exam room for hours. The EZ Stitch is perfect for anyone who wants to avoid the hassle and frustration of waiting in the emergency room and urgent care center for wound care. Children, teens, and adults are welcome!