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Eight Medical Must-Haves For College-Bound Kids – Has Your Child Packed These Items?

Incoming freshmen are tempted to bring everything from home with them except the kitchen sink. This is an impractical approach, to say the least. A checklist can help incoming freshmen to pare items and bring essentials only. These checklists, however, may not include health items. Though colleges provide health services and have an infirmary, medical/health supplies are still essential. What are the must-haves?

1. Medical insurance information. This is one of the first things health providers request and your college student should know the name of his or her health insurance company. If the company issued an identification card, your child should carry it in his or her wallet.

2. First aid kit. Your college-bound student may buy a ready-assembled kit or put one together from supplies on hand. Though the kit may never be used, it is reassuring to have it on hand.

3. Prescription medicine. If your child is taking prescribed medicine, he or she should bring that medicine in the original bottles. Your child should know the name of the physician who prescribed the medicine, have contact information for this physician, and the phone number of the pharmacy that filled the prescription.
Having photocopies of prescriptions is also wise.

4. Copy of eyeglasses prescription. Accidents happen and glasses can get broken. Plastic lenses may scratch or the frames may be bent out of shape. Getting replacement glasses is easier when you have the original prescription.

5. Pain reliever. Many over-the-counter pain relievers are available, but your child should make sure it has not been recalled by the manufacturer.

6. Allergy information. If your child has a significant allergy, such as peanuts or bee stings, he or she should wear a medical alert bracelet. Your child should also carry an allergy alert card in his or her wallet.

7. Antibacterial pillow protectors. Dust mites cause many health problems. Putting antibacterial covers on pillows helps to guard against these mites, mold, mildew and fungus. Your child may also want to put an antibacterial cover on his or her mattress.

8. Blood type. Your child should know his or her blood type, write it on a small piece of paper, and tuck the paper in a wallet. All of these medical must-haves will help your child have a happy and healthy college experience.

Copyright 2010 by Harriet Hodgson