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Your first aid kit for under £6

30 October 2017


A well prepared medicine cabinet can cost under £6 and can help keep children healthy during the winter months, say Luton and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups.   

For most minor illnesses, usual winter bugs and minor cuts, self-care at home is the best choice for your family and can cost as little as £5:65. Keeping a well- stocked medicine cabinet with essential items will help get your mini-me get back on their feet within a few days, avoiding unnecessary trips to your GP or to A&E.

For this amount, the following items can be bought:

  • Pain relief medicine- very useful to treat most kinds of childhood ailments, including headache, tummy ache, earache, and cold symptoms.
  • A digital thermometer– these produce very accurate readings and are good ways to read a young child's temperature.
  • Bandages – Most cuts and grazes can be treated at home. Clean the wound under tap water and apply the dressing. Bandages can also be used to apply direct pressure to larger cuts before being treated in hospital and can support sprained wrists.
  • Waterproof plasters.  

The best treatment for colds and flu at any age is rest and plenty of fluid. Your local pharmacist is a great source of advice and can check remedies are safe for your children with any medication they may already be taking.

Dr Nina Pearson, Clinical Chair, Luton Clinical Commissioning Group, said:  “Having a well-stocked first aid kit is essential to stay well this winter.  At this time of year many people start to suffer with coughs and colds, by making a few additions to your first aid kit you can be well prepared and be able to treat loved ones at home avoiding unnecessary trips to the GP.

“It is important that we all use the right health services, only using A& E in an emergency makes sure those who need this service are treated quickly.  If you need medical help but it isn’t an emergency, your local pharmacy is a great place to get advice or call NHS111 where trained advisors will guide you to the most appropriate service.”

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