Summer first aid kits can keep kids on the go
Date: 11 July 2019
Schools are nearly out for summer.
During the break, children will be going out more and generally making the most of the warmer weather. However, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, more than two million children under the age of 15 have accidents in and around the home each year.
That’s why Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) is encouraging parents and carers to plan and stock up their medicine cabinets and first aid kits with the essentials to help them deal with any minor accidents or injuries at home or on holiday.
Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, an Oxfordshire GP who also leads at OCCG on access to urgent care, said: “With the kids home from school and spending more time playing outside, minor accidents are bound to happen. With the right advice and a first aid kit, minor injuries such as scrapes, burns and sprains can be easily dealt with at home.
“It doesn’t cost much to stock up your first aid kit and means that your kids can get back to enjoying their summer holidays in no time.”
Essentials items every household should have include:
• First aid kit (including bandages, plasters, antiseptic wipes etc.)
• Sunscreen (at least factor 15)
• Antihistamine tablets or liquid (useful for dealing with insect bites and allergies such as hay fever)
• Anti-diarrhoea tablets
Dr Capo-Bianco added: “If you do need medical advice, your local pharmacy is a great place to go and will help you with any over-the-counter medicines that you may need.
“If you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, call NHS 111 or go to NHS 111 online, they’ll be able to offer you advice and direct you to the best place to get the help you may need.”
For a full list of what to keep in your first aid kit visit the NHS website.
For more information on how to self care click here.
For more information about preventing accidents to children, visit the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents website.
Stock up your first aid kit for summer.
- Date:11 July 2019