Kids health

3 surprisingly effective first-aid tricks for kids

Booboos are a common occurrence in kids. Here's a few simpler ways to tend to those first-aid needs including a painless way to remove splinters.

By Amy Valm

3 surprisingly effective first-aid tricks for kids

Illustration: Emily Beaton

First aid hacks

A better way to apply a Band-Aid

It turns out there’s a way better way to apply a Band-Aid! Snip a slit at each end of the bandage, so when it’s wrapped around an appendage, like a finger, you can criss-cross the ends for a closer, more secure fit. 

illustrated finger with sliver on tipIllustration: Emily Beaton

Make a soft ice pack

Keep a bunch of frozen marshmallows in a zip-top bag in the freezer to be used when your kid bonks her head or squishes a finger. Marshmallows don’t get rock-hard or ice-cold when they freeze, making them an ideal ice pack. 

illustrated girl with bag of frozen marshmallows on headIllustration: Emily Beaton

An easier way to remove a sliver

Sure, you could hold your kid down to remove a sliver, but what if you didn’t have to? Try this hack: Clean the area, apply a baking soda and water paste, and then cover with a bandage. In a few hours, the sliver will usually have been drawn to the surface. No screaming, no tears.

illustrated finger with sliver on tipIllustration: Emily Beaton

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