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5 First-Aid Hacks for Kids

Cuts, scrapes, and bruises. Oh, my! All of these are bound to happen at some point when you have a very active child. Especially in the Summer time!

1. Frozen sponge as an ice-pack You’ll need a sponge, some water, and a sandwich bag. Simply, take the sponge and let it absorb as much as possible. Then, take the soaked sponge and place it in a sandwich bag. Finally, let the sponge freeze in the freezer so that it is ready whenever needed—no need to use loose ice or buy gel ice packs that can burst and become hazardous. You can make as many frozen sponges as you like and reuse them as well! 2. Use honey if you don’t have hydrogen peroxide Don’t have any hydrogen peroxide around to disinfect? You can use honey on minor scrapes and cuts. Honey has anti-bacterial properties which make it a great substitute if you find yourself without any antiseptics.

3. Soothe mosquito bites with a banana peel Rub the inside of a banana peel on the affected area. The sugars from the peel help to draw out fluids from the bite. Banana peels also help to stop the itchy sensation! 4. Try getting splinters out with sticky tape Tweezers and splinters can be a little scary for kids. If the splinter is small enough and superficial, tape can be an easy substitute. Take a piece of sticky tape and put it over the splinter. When you pull it away the splinter should come right out with it.

5. Use baking soda to treat bee stings If your kiddo gets stung by a bee, no worries! You can make a paste out of baking soda and a little water. The basic mixing ratio for this is 3 parts baking soda and one part water. Really, you just need to make sure it isn’t too runny. Make sure the stinger is out before putting this mixture on the bee sting. Let the paste sit on the area for 15 minutes and wash off. Baking soda helps to neutralize the venom from the sting which reduces inflammation and pain. These kids don't stay down for long!

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