Do you Know What to do if This Happens to You on a Road Trip?
What do you do if you’re on a road trip and you or your child develops A) fever, B) gets car sick, or C) gets hurt? You’re without a thermometer, Tylenol, Ibuprofen or a doctor, so what do you do?
Below are some useful basic tips to get you through the moment until you can seek professional medical attention.
Use those good ole internal instincts. For a fever grab several handfuls of ice from your cooler. Place the ice with a bit of water into five sandwich bags. Place one ice pack in between each groin area, one under each arm pit and one to the forehead. This should start lowering the fever.
If you have a battery-operated fan or have a fan attachment for your cell phone this can also a help.
There’s nothing like good ole fresh air. Make sure the windows in the car are all down and the air conditioner is on full blast. Being cold can make your body forget you feel nausea. Grab some ice from your cooler and make two ice packs. Place one behind your neck and one to your neck/upper chest. This may trigger your body to forget you feel yucky if you’re cold.
Be sure to sit in the middle seat in the backseat of the car if you’re a child or front seat if you’re an adult. Watch the road at all times. Don’t take your eyes off the road. That is key. Be sure to stop using all electronics, reading or anything that will make the nausea worse.
An open wound
If you don’t have a first aid kit on hand clean the wound with clean water. If the wound is bleeding hold with pressure for at least five minutes. Be sure not to separate the wound. If the wound continues to bleed, make a make tourniquet using a T-shirt or any piece of clothing that you can cut off the circulation from the wound site. Remember to always stay calm and distract the person who is injured.
I hope you find these tips useful in a situation where you don’t have immediate help.