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Is your first aid kit summer holiday ready?

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School's out for summer. During the summer break, children will be going out with their friends and generally making the most of the warmer 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.

That’s why all four NHS Cheshire CCGs are advising residents 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 that may occur at home or on holiday.

Dr Nichola Bishop said: “As well as making sure you do all you can to stop any preventable accidents around your house by keeping an eye on the kids and removing any hazards, it’s also important that you are prepared to deal with any minor injuries that may occur.

“With the kids home from school, spending more time playing outside, small 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 time off in no time.”

Essentials items every household should have include: 

  • First aid kit (including bandages, plasters, antiseptic wipes etc)
  • Sunscreen (keep a sun lotion of at least factor 15)
  • Antihistamine tablets (useful for dealing with insect bites and allergies such as hay fever)
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets 

Dr Charlotte Rowland added: “If you do need medical advice, your local pharmacists are a great place to go and will be able to help you pick 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 help for your need.”