A College First Aid kit is my favorite personalized gift for graduating high school seniors, and a MUST for every young person heading off to college. As an urgent care physician seeing students at the University of Texas, I have significant insight as to how teens handle their first illness away from home. As you start your child's first aid kit, here are SIX NON-MEDICINE items I suggest:
1. THERMOMETER- Preferably two inexpensive digital thermometers (because I've found their shelf-life is often less than a school year.)
- Knowing whether or not you have a true FEVER (temperature >100.4*) is a very helpful piece of information, especially when you are calling in to a nurse hotline.
- Allergies frequently cause a mildly elevated temperature (99*)
- Viral infections often will cause a SUBnormal temperature of around 98* (especially after the first day), even though you feel "feverish" or chilled.