Playground first aid

While there are lots of safety measures put in place on the playground, sometimes little accidents happen. Whether it’s a skinned knee or a splinter, you might one day be called upon for some playground first aid.

Take a look at some of the common accidents that happen on the playground and a few ideas of what you might want to include in a playground first aid kit.

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Playground first aid kit

There are lots of things that would be really useful to include in your playground first aid kit. Think about adding:

  • Plasters
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Rash cream
  • Tweezers
  • Sting cream/spray
  • Calpol and painkillers
  • Tissues
  • Bandages and medical tape
  • Bottle of water
  • Re-usable cool pads

As well as the basics, you might also want to include some of your children’s favourite snacks in your playground first aid kit. A small chocolate bar or lolly is very effective for treating scrapes and bruises!

Common playground accidents

Although there are many safety features installed with every playground design, there are sometimes accidents that cannot be avoided. Luckily, they’re easy enough to patch up so your child can get back to having fun!

Friction burns

Whether from a fall, holding on to the slide too tightly, or gripping the swings, friction burns are reasonably common on the playground. They’re easily treatable, just give the area a good clean and apply a cold compress.

Bumps and bruises

It’s common for children to get a bit rough during outside play. This can lead to a few bumps and bruises that you might need some soothing. Inspect the area to make sure there’s not a serious injury that would require medical attention.

If you’re satisfied it’s a minor bump or bruise, apply a cool pad and get out your emergency treat as a distraction.


If wooden playground equipment hasn’t been maintained properly, it’s possible that children could get little splinters when using it. Thankfully, they’re very easy to remove and treat. Wash and dry the area to prevent infection and use a pair of sterilised tweezers to pull it out. Clean the area again for good measure and apply a plaster.

Cuts and scrapes

Children often come back from outdoor play time with minor cuts and scrapes. You can give the wound a wash, apply some antiseptic cream and cover over with a plaster to make sure it stays clean. A kiss nearby the cut is also usually very helpful for making it feel better.


Some of the most common injuries on the playground come from falls. By law, playground equipment at height must have safety features and surfacing to reduce the likelihood of serious injury, but accidents might still happen.

If your child has a fall, check them over for serious injuries, patch up any little scrapes and comfort them. If there are signs of a sprain, or possibly a broken bone, give your doctors a call and get them a full check-up just in case!

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