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Nothing can ruin your kids’ game day like a heel blister, bug bite, or bad case of sunburn.
As parents, when our kids get hurt or feel discomfort, we want to help take away the pain immediately.
While your coach may have a basic first aid kit for the team, I’ve found that having my own stowed in the car has been helpful during the baseball season. With experience, I’ve added some special first aid items that address the minor discomforts that can happen when your kids spend all afternoon in the middle of a sunny baseball field.
Looking for specific brand recommendations? Here are a few of the most used items in my Baseball First Aid Kit.
For knee scrapes, Band Aid Hurt Free Antiseptic Wash is the best way to clean out the wound where you’re not close to running water. Just squirt the bottle over the wound to wash out dirt and sand. My kids can guarantee that it is truly hurt free.
New cleats? Wet, sweaty socks? Socks too big? These factors can all contribute to painful blisters. And nothing ruins a day like your kid getting a blister on their heel or bottom of their foot. Band Aid Brand Hydro Seal Heel Blister Bandages both seal the blister from dirt and cushion the blister. There are sizes for fingers, heels, and large areas like knees. These are a must for baseball season!
Away game? In central New Jersey, many of our Away games involve long routes with rolling hills and winding roads. Unfortunately, those long car rides sometimes result in motion sickness, which is enough to ruin the day. For that reason, we keep Sea Bands in our car at all times. Sea Bands come in both a Kids size and an Adult size.
Regular Dramamine, while effective, creates extreme drowsiness (and causes me to fall asleep almost immediately). Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals Motion Sickness Relief is effective, but without drowsiness, which is preferable if your kid is feeling car sick but has to play in a game in an hour.
Overexposure to Heat and Sun
Heat exhaustion and dehydration on a hot day is not only possible, but extremely dangerous. These Drip Drop Oral Rehydration Solution portable packets relieve dehydration fast, and are more effective than sugary Gatorade. Plus they have a long shelf life, making them perfect for your car First Aid Kit.
While I always keep sunscreen in my regular bag, Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Non-Greasy SPF 70 Sunscreen Stick is the Sunscreen Stick I keep in my First Aid bag for ears and noses that are beginning to burn. It won’t spill, it lasts for years, and it won’t clog pores. It also has never caused a skin reaction on my kids’ sensitive skin. More importantly, it works.
Ticks, Bugs, Bees
As soon as the weather starts to warm up, it’s tick season. The Tick Twister was given to me years ago by my Mother in Law and has a prominent spot in my first aid kit. The twister is the best way to remove the entire tick head quickly and painlessly, no matter how small the tick.
Mosquitoes are bad news for players and spectators alike. This Bug Bite Thing Suction Tool removes the venom left behind by mosquitoes, bees, and wasps to reduce pain and itching.
You definitely need a First Aid Bag to store everything safely but visibly in your car. The red cover and internationally recognized white cross leave no doubt on the contents.
Baseball season is coming up soon, and along with it the likelihood for blisters, cuts, scrapes, and sunburn. Build a Baseball First Aid Kit now and store it in your car, so you’re prepared for the season.
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