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Wilderness Medical Society - snowmass 2005
TABLE 1: Items for parents to add to their first aid kit
Acetaminophen: infant drips, children's elixir, chewables
Ibuprofen: children's elixir, chewables
Diphenhydramine, elixir
Charcoal, powdered
Ipecac syrup
Epinephrine, EpiPen or Tubex syringe
Oral antibiotics, suspension or tabs
Oral Rehydration Solution, powdered
Diaper cream, A&D or Desitin
Sting-relief swabs
Kids sunscreen
Kids insect repellent
Equipment Thermometer
Travel otoscope
Medicine syringe
Splinter forceps and hemostats
Antiseptic Towlette (benzalkonium chloride)
Dermabond (heat sensitive)
Pooh or Princess bandages
Sutures, 6-0 or 7-0 plus suture kit

TABLE 2: Prevention and treatment of hypothermia
Use layers including under layer of fleece, wool, or silk, middle layers of bulky
fleece, and an outer windproof, waterproof parka. Dress your children the same
way you dress yourself.
Put on fleece clothes and wind gear before kids start shivering.
Put on rain gear before they are wet.
Put on a hat, neck gaiter, scarf, gloves or mittens, goggles, and other accessories.
Use durable, good quality socks and boots that are waterproof.
Seek shelter from wind, snow and rain.
Insulate from the ground when taking breaks using a sleeping pad or backpack.
Get in a sleeping bag with adult
Eat carbohydrates which are quickly and easily absorbed.
Drink plenty of fluids, preferably an electrolyte solution like a sport drink.
Consider using chemical hot packs but don't put them directly on kid's skin.
Heat Illness
Heat illness can be life threatening and prevention is important. Always dress
your child for sun and heat as well as keeping them well hydrated.
If your child gets too hot, get in the shade, fan your child, and use cool moist
towels under armpits, on forehead, or in groin. Be careful if you soak their clothing with
water, they may cool too fast or too rapidly and the weather may change! Avoid cooling
below 100-degrees core body temperature.

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