19 Items to Include in Your Child’s College First Aid Kit
One of the most important things we can do as a parent is to teach our kids how to take care of their personal health.
Many doctors and nurses see college students coming in with minor aches and pains that could easily be remedied in their dorm room instead of the emergency room.
What can we do to give our young adults the confidence to care for their minor aches and pains?
We can begin teaching our children today how (and when) to treat minor illnesses and injuries and make up a first aid kit to give them the tools they may need to do so when they are off living independently.
Here are the 19 Items I Included in my Sons’ College First Aid Kits:
2. Nasal spray for cold symptoms such as Afrin
3. Pain reliever tablets such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol
5. Antibiotic Ointment
6. Cold & Flu medicine
7. Anti-diarrhea medication such as Immodium
8. Assortment of bandages
9. Cough drops
11. Tweezers, mini-scissors, nail file
12. Hand sanitizer
13. Lip balms
15. Tums antacids
16. Saline nose spray
17. Allergy medicine
18. Insurance cards, immunization records, and any doctor’s information in a Ziploc bag
19. Hidden note of love from Mom and/or Dad
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- Remember, this kit is to help your child remedy minor pains or sickness and doesn’t contain items regularly used, such as vitamins, sleep aids, or prescription medications.
- Try to go over all of the included items with your child before sending this along with them. Make sure your son or daughter understands how to use everything so they won’t have to use Google or contact you in the middle of the night for advice.
I agree that you should have instant ice packs. I need to get a first aid kit for my sons. They keeping getting injured in football practice.
I agree that parents should go over every item in the first aid kit with their kids before sending them off. Using the right medicine in the wrong way could make a situation worse. So knowing how to help themselves and someone else with it is important.
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This has been very informative. I definitely think that it’s still important to have a school emergency kit, even if they’re already in college. If I may add, also include printed information about your child that includes their name, address, parent’s name, allergies, etc.