The Bottom Line: A portable way to treat cuts and scrapes on children when at the park
Q-Tips® Treat & Go First Aid Antibiotic Swabs is one of those products parents should purchase before the need arises. I found this several months ago at Rite-Aid and have only utilized two packettes for my youngest son since that time. I keep one package in my makeup case that I carry in my purse and have one in my emergency kit for home and the vehicle.
The box contains fifteen individually wrapped Q-tips. Each plastic packette has a tear on both sides that opens up separately to reveal the swab on the left and 500 grams of Bacitracin ointment on the right side. The opening is smaller for the ointment side and needs to be utilized with the swab after it has been removed. Prior to using on a scrape, cut or minor burn the area should be cleansed. A sterile bandage can be applied over the surface area.
The inactive ingredients are mineral oil and white petrolatum. Q-Tips® Treat & Go First Aid Antibiotic Swabs are to be used for preventing infections in minor cuts, scrapes and burns. It is not intended for animal bites, deep puncture wounds, serious burns or for the ear canal. If a rash occurs discontinue use, if swallowed contact Poison Control and if the ointment gets in the eyes, rinsing with water is recommended. One week is the time frame for using this unless advised by a Doctor.
The box plus each packette lists the directions listed in English and French and mentions to store at room temperature and protect from excessive moisture. The swab is smaller than a regular Q-tip and the cotton top is wider with the stick part shorter and thinner. The size is a little over two inches in length. Your hands will get sticky from having to pull apart the plastic to maneuver the swab into the ointment area. I find it easier to do this away from my son and approach him with the ointment already applied on the swab and ready to rub on the spot.
From personally touching the ointment and observing my son I can state this does not burn and seems to soothe the scraped area. Since we are in Southern California and the weather changes frequently my son has been wearing shorts off and on. This resulted with a cut on his leg this past week and a few weeks ago on another leg. The ointment is odorless and clear, but the swab does tend to unravel and get larger so I have only used one application with each packette, and just tossed the remaining in the garbage.
When the class took a trip to the park recently I was armed with the Q-Tips® Treat & Go First Aid Antibiotic Swabs just in case anyone fell down or needed some ointment on a cut. This is a nice idea for treating kids minor injuries when away from home or even while at home. It might be cheaper in the long run to just purchase a tube of Neosporin, but I have that in my purse as well and it gets sticky and leaks onto other items. This would also work well for day camps to have on hand for the children as well as sending off a few packettes with the camper. Another plus for the Q-Tips® Treat & Go First Aid Antibiotic Swabs is not needing an expiration date, so these can last a good long time.
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