A First Aid Box in the Classroom Must have these Ingredients
Since it’s the beginning of the year and we are in “buy all the school supplies” and “make sure everything is in order” mode, it is a good idea to take inventory of your classroom first aid kit. Although many schools have a nurse’s office for serious illnesses and injuries, most of the time small cuts and scrapes can be handled right in the classroom with minimal disruption to the day!
If you only keep 1 thing in your kit, it should be bandaids. Kids scrape their knees, get paper cuts, have hangnails, and scratch their scabs off. Teachers need lots of bandaids in various sizes and shapes!
If there are bodily fluids involved, put on the gloves every time! You can get a box of 50 to keep in your room at any pharmacy or big box store.
These little wipes are perfect for cleaning off a playground cut before you put the bandaid on.
For playground scrapes that are too big for a bandaid.
To hold that gauze on while you send the kiddo to the nurse.
These are handy for splinters.
If you have a freezer available, you can keep reusable packs in there. I like these gel packs because they don’t get too hard. If a freezer is not an option, try these single use cold packs.
*Itch Cream or After-Bite Ointment:
For mosquito bites and other itchy skin. Be sure to check to see if you are permitted to apply topical creams.
Again, check to be sure that you are allowed to use it first. This cream is perfect for applying to small cuts and scrapes.
If you are in a school with a health clinic, this one might not be necessary. In a preschool setting, though, we use it all the time.
(Indebted to various sources)