Plan ahead for fun in the sun

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WEB daylight landscape reflection 1209610With schools across the county about to break up for the summer holidays local GPs in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are reminding parents about the importance of being well prepared to keep the kids safe over the holidays.

With the kids home from school and spending more time playing outside, small accidents are bound to happen. But with the right advice and a well stocked first aid kit, minor injuries such as scrapes, burns and sprains can be easily dealt with at home.

Throughout July and August young people will be going out with their friends, socialising and making the most of the warm weather. However, as we all know accidents can happen. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, more than two million children, under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home each year.

The advice form the NHS is to plan ahead and stock up your home medicine cabinet with essentials for self care at home. It doesn’t cost much to stock up your first aid kit, and doing so means that your kids can get back to enjoying their time off after any minor mishaps.

Essentials items every household should have include:  

  • Well stocked first aid kit (including bandages, plasters, antiseptic wipes etc.)
  • Sunscreen of at least factor 15 – see www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety 
  • Antihistamine tablets (useful for dealing with insect bites and allergies such as hay fever)
  • Pain relief
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets 

 Also, your local pharmacies are a great first port of call for advice on a wide range of minor ailments and conditions.  Pharmacists are highly trained healthcare professionals who can  help you pick the most appropriate  over-the-counter medicines for your condition or symptoms.

If you need help and it’s not an emergency call NHS 111 or go to NHS 111 online, they’ll give you the advice you need, or direct you to the best place to get help.

For more information on self care you can visit the www.selfcareforum.org  

For more information about preventing accidents to children, visit the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents website www.rospa.com/Home-Safety