Advice for what families should keep in their First Aid kits this summer
Anyone planning a day of family fun this summer is being urged to make sure they have some essentials in their first aid kit in case of bumps and bruises. HealthEast, the clinical commissioning group for Great Yarmouth and Waveney, is issuing advice to families in the run up to the holidays.
A typical first aid kit should include:
High factor sunscreen, which should be re-applied every couple of hours, even if it’s cloudy or overcast.
A thermometer, tweezers, flannels and plasters.
Antiseptic, or antiseptic wipes, which can be used to clean cuts before they are bandaged and can treat insect stings, ulcers and pimples.
Medical tape and bandages, which can support injured limbs, such as a sprained wrist, and can apply direct pressure to larger cuts.
Eyewash solution to wash out grit or dirt in the eyes
Insect bite and nettle rash cream.
Cough, cold and pain relief remedies.
Dr John Stammers said: “The summer holidays are a wonderful time for children for adventure and play.
“Being vigilant is part of being a parent and knowing what to do should your child need medical help takes the worry and panic out of the situation. Most injuries can be treated at home with a first aid kit and lots of cuddles so now’s a good time to check you have everything you need.
“Ask your local pharmacy if you’re unsure. They can give you advice about the types of over the counter treatments that are right for your child.”
Anyone who is worried about their child’s injuries and unsure if they need medical help should can call 111, which is available 24/7.
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