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Things you should make sure are in the medicine cabinet

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Thermometer – for fevers

Digital and forehead thermometers are available for checking your child’s temperature. As a general rule, in children, a temperature of over 37.5C (99.5F) is a fever. If your child does have a fever there are various things that you can do to bring it down: Give children’s paracetamol (for children three months and over), encourage your child to drink extra fluids, use their favourite cool drink, or ice lollies. Make sure your child is not wearing too many clothes – a vest and nappy or pants is enough if the house is at a normal temperature. Reduce the night-time bedding to a light cotton sheet only. Make sure your child is up to date with immunisations.

Simple pain killers

Ask your pharmacist for advice. Paracetamol suitable for children can be bought from a supermarket or pharmacist. There is no need to ask your GP for a prescription.

Antihistamines

These are medicines often used to relieve symptoms of allergies, such as hay fever. Speak to your pharmacist about what is suitable for your child. You do not need a prescription.

Oral rehydration sachets

For diarrhoea. Ones that can be dissolved in water are the most suitable products for children. These replace the salt and water lost in the diarrhoea.

Plasters for cuts and grazes

Most cuts and grazes are minor and can be easily treated at home. When the wound has stopped bleeding, wash it under tap water. Avoid using antiseptic as it may damage the skin and slow healing. Pat it dry and apply a plaster. Minor wounds should start to heal within a few days. Use Health Help Now or call NHS 111 if you need further advice.

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