It’s nice to spend time with the children during the summer holidays. Whether it’s a weekend with relatives at their home or a week at the seaside, there’s one thing that’s inevitable – a few cuts and scrapes along the way. So it’s best to be prepared for those ‘little’ accidents should they happen.
Most parents have had that sense of dread when they hear a scream from the garden. It’s hard not to panic but help can be just a phone call away. NHS111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All you have to do is dial 111 to talk to the NHS.
Self-care is often best for cuts, scrapes and grazes
If it’s just a bang or bump that you’re confident treating, then it can be treated in the home or familiar surroundings. This will help soothe a fractious child. Nothing beats a comprehensive first aid kit. If yours is just a few plasters and a half used tube of antiseptic cream a really useful interactive First Aid Kit guide can be found at www.nhs.uk . Your local pharmacy can also advise you about useful things to include.
To find your nearest pharmacy visit www.nhs.uk
Dr John Stammers a GP from Sole Bay Health Centre in Southwold said: “Most minor injuries should be treated at home with a first aid kit. Self-care is often best for cuts, scrapes and grazes. But if you need further advice your local pharmacy can help. Pharmacists are trained professionals who can advise on many minor injuries and tell you how to treat them.
• NHS England is the body which leads the NHS in England. Its main aim is to improve the health outcomes for people in England, and it sets the overall direction and priorities for the NHS as a whole.
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