Back to School Checklist 2017-05-05T20:04:56+00:00

When the school bell rings, will you be prepared for unexpected first-aid needs? From what parents need to have on hand for little ones to must-have items for those heading off to college, CURAD wants to give parents and caregivers peace of mind all year long.

Every back-to-school season is filled with excitement and nerves, but it’s not limited to just children — many parents get the jitters, too. Whether your kid is packing his lunchbox for the first time or packing her car to head off to college, here’s a look at items parents and caregivers should have on hand for back-to-school first aid needs:

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Parents and caregivers can’t prepare for everything that happens while their child is at school, but awareness of possible health issues can help keep students safe.

Kids and Teens:

  • Parents should familiarize themselves with the school nurse. Unfortunately, school nurses are not always available. According to School Health Alert, 25% of U.S. schools have no school nurse at all. If your child’s school doesn’t have a nurse, meet with the principal, teachers and anyone else who is trained for health and medical situations. When you meet, inform the staff of any special medical needs your child may require.
  • For children with allergies, make sure they always wear an allergy I.D. band that adults and caregivers can reference when needed.
  • If an EpiPen is required, make sure your child or a responsible adult has it on hand at all times. Also, check with any school staff that is around your child for long periods of the day to make sure they are fully aware of how to use it.
  • When it comes to vision, parents should watch for any behavior changes. If a child starts to move closer to the television at home, this could signify a visual issue. By remaining observant, parents can help identify the need for glasses early on.

College Students:

  • All bandages are not created equal. Parents should consider their child’s specific needs when deciding which type of bandage to pack. If their child has allergies or sensitive skin, CURAD Truly Ouchless! bandages may work best.
  • According to Everyday Health, cold and flu are included on the top eight illnesses that affect college students. Just as parents can’t afford to miss work because of the flu, their college-age children can’t afford to miss class. Wearing the CURAD Antiviral Mask can decrease the likelihood of illness by inactivating 99.99% of tested influenza viruses on five minutes of contact with the surface of the facemask. This mask does not eliminate the risk of contracting any disease or infection.
  • Students should also maintain a healthy diet, active lifestyle and regular sleep patterns. This will positively affect energy levels so students can enjoy the college experience to the fullest.
  • Gloves are an often overlooked item that should be included in every first aid kit. According to FamilyDoctor.org, gloves should be worn any time a person is at risk of coming into contact with blood or other body fluids.
  • Students should also familiarize themselves with the health services the college provides. They should know where the health center is located, as well as the nearest hospital.