With move-in day fast approaching, University Health Services (UHS) shared a list of first-aid essentials with Parent Update. And while a first-aid kit is handy for minor treatment, we remind parents that the University’s UHS Primary Care Center includes both inpatient and outpatient units. Students should feel free to call UHS at 617–552–3225 with any questions or concerns or to make an appointment; non-urgent appointments can be made online through the student health portal.
When loading up on first-aid essentials, UHS advises a good rule of thumb: pack whatever you might use at home to treat minor illness, allergies, or injuries, including:
For minor cuts, scrapes, and burns:
- Antibiotic ointment to treat minor skin injuries
- Adhesive bandages (in various sizes for minor cuts/scrapes)
For minor colds/viruses:
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended for headaches and other body aches (acetaminophen should not be combined with alcohol as the combination may lead to liver damage)
- Ibuprofen (Advil) is recommended for headaches and is helpful in reducing inflammation or swelling from an injury . . . NOTE: It is known to cause stomach irritation and should not be used in combination with alcohol.
- Antihistamines are helpful in relieving allergy symptoms such as a stuffy nose and for relieving itchiness caused by bug bites or other allergens.
- Throat lozenges to soothe a sore or irritated throat
- An easy-to-read thermometer (digital or oral)
- An ice pack to treat minor swelling
- An elastic bandage in case of sprains
Pack it up:
USH recommends storing all first-aid items in a clear waterproof box or bag that also includes:
- A copy of your student’s insurance card
- List of your student’s known allergies and blood type
- Current prescription medications list
- Emergency contact information
- Contact information for your student’s current doctors and other healthcare providers