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Looking after children with minor common illnesses

Winter brings lots of fun things like Christmas, snow and wintery walks, but it also bring lots of not so fun things, like coughs, colds and tummy bugs. These can be rotten for both children and parents, and this page is here to help you. 

First things first... first aid kits/medicine cabinets. What do you have at home? Is it all in date?

Whilst your child might get free prescriptions, it's not free to the NHS. Did you know that a trip to a GP where you get a prescription, costs your local NHS about £46 each time?

Here's a list you can take to a pharmacy to give you an idea of what you need. You don't need to see a GP for any of these medications, they can all be purchased over the counter. 

  • pain relief - make sure it's suitable for children and suitable for the age of your child. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are highly effective at helping minor ailments, such as the common cold, by reducing aches, pain and high temperatures. Aspirin must not be given to children under 16.
  • oral rehydration salt (ORS) solution for dehydration from vomiting and diarrhoea. Make sure what you buy is suitable for children. The ORS solution helps replace the water and salts lost from your child's body because of the diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • tissues - because you can never have too many tissues.
  • jar of honey and a bottle of lemon juice - it really can help to sooth a sore throat, although honey is not recommended for children under one.
  • s thermometer- the NHS recommends either a digital or ear thermometer.
  • calamine lotion - to soothe any itching irritated skin or rashes such as chickenpox.

Some things to remember