So, the kids are off school now for at least six weeks and aside from figuring out how you will keep them entertained it’s useful to be aware of how you can keep them safe and manage their health too.

We’ve compiled our top tips for surviving the summer holiday madness!

Cuts and grazes

As we head in to the summer break it’s inevitable that there may be a few cuts and bruises along the way. In the event of an injury clean the area by rinsing it under running water to remove any gravel or dirt then try to stop the bleeding by pressing firmly on the area with a clean cloth/flannel etc. If you can, try to raise the area to help stop bleeding. Once the bleeding has decreased use a dressing to cover the area.

It’s rare for bleeding to be excessive but if the bleeding doesn’t subside and you are concerned it could be more serious you should take the child to a minor injury unit or A&E.

Suncare

Whether you’re going abroad or enjoying the sunshine at home it’s important to ensure your child isn’t over-exposed to the sun. Try to encourage your child to play in the shade and any babies under the age of six months should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Always remember to apply sunscreen before venturing outdoors and ensure you apply plenty and reapply throughout the day to maximise protection. Ensure you child is wearing loose fitting clothing and a sun hat so that they don’t overheat.

Eczema

Warm weather can irritate the skin, especially in young children. If your child has eczema remember to apply their emollient up to four times daily and use plenty to cover the affected area to ensure the best possible itch relief. Also avoid hot showers/baths as this can also cause skin irritation.

Asthma

If your child has asthma it’s fair to say you’re already equipped with the things needed to ensure you can handle any incidents but it’s always worth remembering to carry your child’s reliever inhaler when traveling just in case they become short of breath and need a top up. Remember hay fever can be a trigger for asthma symptoms, so be extra vigilant when the pollen count is high.

If you want to be sure your child is getting the most out of their inhaler and they are using it correctly, LloydsPharmacy offers an Asthma support service which includes inhaler technique and the Asthma Control Test to assess how well the inhaler is being used and can offer advice on how to get the most out of your inhalers.

If you need advice you can always pop into your local LloydsPharmcy and speak to one of our pharmacists.