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Christmas can be a magical time of year, but it is also a time when there are more accidents and illnesses than usual and your GP and local chemist may well be shut. Here are some tips and a few things to stock up on prior to Christmas to help you to get the very best from the festive period.

What should be in your Essential First Aid kit:

First Aid kits need to be easily accessible in case an emergency situation arises and consequently should not contain any medication. The kit should be well organised, ideally in a bag with compartments to allow you to quickly grab what you need. It is most important that the kits contents are good quality – often cheap kits will not be of sufficient quality should you need to use them.
Your kit should contain a First Aid book or instructions, and contents to treat: major and minor bleeding, burns, breaks and sprains.

Family First Aid kit in soft bag - First Aid for Life

Essential contents:
Tough cut scissors to cut through clothes
A face shield to protect yourself when resuscitating someone
Gloves – non sterile to protect you and sterile for treating someone with deep wounds or burns
Sterile medical wipes to clean a wound
Wound dressings of various sizes
Micropore tape to secure dressings and tape fingers and toes
A couple of calico triangular bandages (ensure they are calico not cheap version)
Eye dressings
Sterile saline vial – for irrigating a wound, or washing grit from an eye
Crepe bandage
Plasters – for short term covering of a minor wound, (they cause wounds to become soggy).
Additional useful contents:
Burn gel or a burns dressing – to apply to a burn after cooling
Instant ice pack – at home you can use a bag of frozen peas – Ensure it is wrapped in a cloth as it can cause ice burns
foil blanket
Steri-strips
Sterile tweezers – for removing small splinters (nothing else should ever be removed from a wound unless by a medical professional)

Medication to stock up on prior to Christmas

Chemists and doctors will be closed over the Festive period, so think ahead:
Friends and family often introduce new germs and being ill over Christmas can be miserable
Stock up on your trusted cold remedies
Increasing Vitamin C intake can ward off a cold
Echinacea
Over-eating can cause indigestion (Do not confuse symptoms with that of a heart attack – Heart Attack)
Have Rennie, Gaviscon or peppermint oil ready – alternatively fresh peppermint tea can ease mild indigestion.
Digestive Enzyme available from health food shops can be helpful, as can charcoal.
Probiotics and probiotic yoghourts can help your gut to recover from over indulgence.
Alcohol and the morning after can be made more bearable with some forethought:
Hangovers are primarily caused by dehydration and so the best way to feel better is to replace the lost fluid and electrolytes.
Lucozade Sport or Dioralyte is really effective at rapid rehydration
Berocca is great too and it ca be helpful to have a glass prior to an evening out
Alkaseltza or Ibuprofen (take after food) will ease any headaches, Alkaseltza contains caffeine as well as pain killers to help restore energy
Milk Thistle (available from health food shops) may help your liver to recover from the excess.
With all the above please read the label carefully before taking to ensure there are no contraindications.

It is strongly advised that you attend a Practical First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency. Please visit roomy-fish.flywheelsites.com emma@firstaidforlife.org.uk or tel 0208 675 4036 for more information about our courses. First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information.

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