I like to think we’re instilling good values in our kids, which includes being mindful of health and wellness through movement. My two like to think of it as working hard and playing harder, and like most kids, are still working on the former while excelling at the latter. They love jumping in puddles, riding bikes, making up games, exploring the backyard for frogs, getting incredibly dirty, going on nature hikes, playing tag, swimming, navigating a self-created gauntlet of playground challenges, and generally doing anything and everything that inevitably results in cuts, scrapes, bruises and bumps.
And I’m all about letting them.
I was a perma-skinned knees 80s child who spent hours upon glorious unstructured hours playing outside once spring and summer hit the Midwest, and kissing the tops of my children’s sun-warmed heads each night after a day filled with idyllic play makes my heart fling sunshine and glitter. And when they fall down and scrape or bump things, I tell them it’s an unavoidable side effect of outside awesome, patch them up and send them on their way so they can do it all over again.
We go through first aid supplies (especially magical child-healing band-aids) like Chicago goes through deep dish, and having a fully-stocked first aid kit in the house is a must. I keep it in our main gathering place, the kitchen, which for us means having it within easy reach of the entire family.
CVS makes it easy and affordable to have a solid supply of house brand first aid products on hand, and just in case you’re not satisfied with a product’s performance, offers a money-back guarantee with receipt.
Here’s what’s in our first aid kit (complete list of contents below), all housed in a zippered lunch bag that makes for a handy mobile kit when we road trip or head off on a longer adventure:
- CVS Antibacterial Gauze Pads
- CVS Breathable Gentle Tape
- CVS Latex-Free Powder-Free Vinyl Gloves
- CVS Advanced Wound Wash
- CVS Digital Temple Thermometer
- CVS Anti-Microbial Silver Gel
- CVS Ibuprofen Dye-Free Tablets (adult)
- CVS Junior Strength Ibuprofen Tablets (kids)
- CVS Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops
- individual pocket packs of Total Home by CVS facial tissue
- Vaseline Lip Therapy Balm in Original
- CVS Heavy Duty Fabric Antibacterial Bandages
- CVS Flexible Fabric Antibacterial Bandages
- CVS Marvel Avengers Sterile Bandages
- CVS Hand Sanitizing Spray Pens 3-Pack
- CVS Assorted Citrus Vitamin Supplement Drops (easier than sugar packets in case of a sugar level drop)
- CVS Children’s Rapid Melt Allergy Tablets
- CVS Cortisone Anti-Itch Cream Maximum Strength
- CVS Calamine Plus Itch Relief
- CVS Clear Zinc Sun Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50
- CVS Aftersun Aloe Vera Cooling Gel
- CVS cotton swabs
- American Red Cross CPR Face Shield and Glove Pocket Pack
Be sure to include any prescribed auto-injectors, inhalers and other medical equipment specific to your child(ren) in your in case of an emergency, along with any important phone numbers for pediatricians, your local CVS pharmacy and the like.
Do you keep a fully-stocked first aid kit at your house?
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