Fun in the sun can sometimes lead to minor injuries for babies and kids. No matter how hard we try to prevent them with sunscreen, kid-safe insect repellent, and even knee pads, our little guys seem to inevitably find a way to come back from a trip to the playground with new summertime battle scars. So what’s the best way to help bring a smile back to your child’s face after undergoing the injury of the day? Below we’ve compiled a list to help get your little summertime soldiers back out and ready to play!
- Most people know of the wonders of using a thick layer of Aloe Vera on a sunburn, but always check the ingredients. Pure organic Aloe Vera, straight from the plant is your best bet of avoiding chemicals that might be added in manufacturing processes. Avoid using Aloe products containing alcohol or benzocaine.
- A cold bath right before bed can help to cool down the skin and make bedtime a little more bearable.
- Post sunburn, it is always good to make sure your little one has plenty of liquids to stay hydrated. Being in the sun for prolonged periods of time can be very dangerous if not properly hydrated.
- In addition to being painful, sometimes sunburns can itch. Add some colloidal oatmeal to the bath right before bed to help alleviate some of the pain and itch.
- Ice just might be the best first step after your child or baby gets stung or bitten by a non-life threatening insect. Ice actually constricts the blood vessels surrounding the bite, helping stop the spread of the histamine.
- If a bee sting occurs, and your child isn’t allergic, mix half water and half apple cider vinegar and soak a cotton ball in the mixture. The acidity from the vinegar will actually help to neutralize the venom.
- A great way to relieve the itch from mosquito bites is to use basil leaves. Crush up the basil into a paste and apply it directly to the bites. Just cover with a Band-Aid, and the menthol properties in the basil leaves will help create a cooling sensation that will take away the itch.
Falls, Cuts, and Scrapes
- With minor cuts and scrapes, the bleeding will typically subside fairly quickly after the injury. If it doesn’t, wash hands to avoid possibly infecting the area with germs, and then apply steady and firm, but gentle pressure to the area using a clean cloth.
- Pediatricians recommend to skip the hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or rubbing alcohol! Instead, simply use cool water and soap to clean the area gently, avoiding getting soap directly in the cut, of course.
- Finally, apply a layer of antibiotic ointment, or petroleum jelly if none is available, to help keep the cut moist and to prevent infection. Cover over with a Band-Aid and your child will be ready to get back out and play in no time!
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 22 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a million babies and counting!
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