September 2017: Pharmacy Blog

August 24 2017

It’s that time of the year again! After weeks of summer fun, it’s time to go back to school - and your local pharmacy is at hand to help make a healthy start and also deal with any health questions and worries.

Making a healthy school term start for all

 

It’s that time of the year again! After weeks of summer fun, it’s time to go back to school - and your local pharmacy is at hand to help make a healthy start and also deal with any health questions and worries.

 

What help is available?

Healthy eating; There are lots of messages around promoting healthy eating but some can be confusing. Why not come into the pharmacy to pick up some clear information or talk to one of our friendly health advisers? Remember a healthy diet, helps growth and development, reduces sick days off school but also improves academic results! 

If your child is a picky eater, we can discuss options to support them with multivitamins. Kellaway Pharmacy is proud to support the Sugar Smart initiative, encouraging children to swap sugary drinks and snacks for fruits and yogurts.

 

Head lice or nits affect one in three school children and their families. Nits can survive in long hair for a long time if untreated. Performing a head check weekly especially for young children is a good idea. Not sure what to look for? The pharmacy team is able to advise on the correct comb detection method.

 

Threadworms are tiny worms that you may notice around your child's bottom or in their poo, particularly in children under 10. They don't always cause symptoms although itchiness around the bottom or vagina is common.This can be worse at night and disturb sleep. Don't panic if you come across them, we can help!

 

Small lumps appearing on the skin of hands or feet could be warts or verrucas. They tend to affect children more than adults. They are caught by close skin-to-skin contact e.g sharing shoes, socks and towels. The infection can also be caught from contaminated objects or surfaces, such as the area surrounding a swimming pool.

Kellaway  Pharmacy offers help diagnosing all of these conditions correctly,  alongside providing scientifically proven cost effective treatment options suitable for the whole family.

Don't forget to also check with your GP surgery that your children's vaccinations are up-to-date. 

For the rest of the family, as part of our commitment to promoting healthy living and well being, this September we are starting our FREE walk-in NHS Flu vaccinations.No appointments required.

In addition, FREE blood pressure checks are available as part of the ''Know Your Numbers " month.