Wouldn’t it be lovely to always have a first aid kit with you, full stocked for every eventuality. Unless you drive an ambulance every day, its unlikely you will always have one to hand… but there are a few ways you can improvise a first aid kit.
Recently, my 7 year old daughter had a nose bleed on the top deck of the bus whilst travelling down Oxford Street. Between the two of us; we just couldn’t stop it… we ended up catching the blood in a plastic bag and using a tampon from a helpful passenger to stem the flow. Unravelled, it made a great tool to reduce the flow of blood.
There are several other options if you haven’t got a first aid kit to hand though:
If you don’t have water to hand… use Juice… Beer.. Milk; anything that is a cool liquid in fact! Your priority is to cool the area as soon as possible. Try and cool it for 10 minutes if possible; or at least until the pain has subsided.
If you don’t have cling film to cover the burn.. use a plastic bag…a sandwich / freezer bag… Use something that is non-sticky and non-fluffy to stop infection by creating a barrier. These work really well when covering a hand or foot.
If trying to put on an elevated sling…. use a tie… a scarf.. a belt… or even pin the sleeve to their own clothing!
If you haven’t got dressings to hand… use a t-shirt… a tea-towel…socks (clean!).. or their own hand to stem the flow of blood. I have used a clean nappy over the park to treat a child who had fallen of their bike and cut their head open.
A Tampon or sanitary towel works great to stem the flow of blood too; especially a tampon knocked out too!
Injury to the mouth:
Children in particular have a tendency to fall over and injure their mouths… Ice cubes work great to reduce swelling of a fat lip…but ice lollies would also work. Cold bottles of water from the ice-cream van can be an improvised ice pack too.
A bag of peas works wonders on soft tissue injuries (as well as bruises / swellings). We aren’t all lucky enough to carry an instant ice pack around with us; but even if we do, they may not conform to an injury like a good old bag of peas do…
If Glucose tablets aren’t available… use Jelly Babies (or any other type of sweet)… use a Mars Bar… a can of Coke… anything that has sugar in – anything fizzy and fluid is the best option, but even a sugar cube in water would help.
Its always best to plan ahead, and take a few minimal items if you are going out for the day. A first aid kit in the car should be a pre-requisite, but even if you are on the top deck of a bus you can still treat a casualty… but you may have to treat them to an ice-cream afterwards!!
We sell all items for first aid kits; but sadly not the jelly babies or Rola Cola…