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Ask The Pharmacist: What Should I Pack In A Travel First Aid Kit?

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    As part of a weekly series, in association with LloydsPharmacy, Suresh Bagga from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor answers your common medicine queries...

    Q: What should I pack in a travel first aid kit?

    A: Pre-filled kits usually cost around £10, but it's easy to assemble your own.

    A basic kit should include painkillers (paracetamol is easier on the stomach, but also take ibuprofen as it's good for muscle injury pain); antiseptic wipes/spray to clean wounds, antiseptic creams; dressings for bigger cuts, plasters (different sizes or in a roll - remember to take scissors); and bandages for sports injuries and to hold dressings in place.

    A thermometer and tweezers (for splinters) are a good idea; antihistamine tablets, insect repellent and bite cream; rehydration sachets for upset stomachs - and don't forget the suncream and supplies of your usual medication.

    Q: Can children use adult sunscreens?

    A: Adults' and children's sunscreens will contain essentially the same active ingredients to protect skin.

    These ingredients physically block rays or, in the case of chemical agents, absorb them. However, the inactive ingredients - which provide the colour, for instance, and consistency of the product - are different.

    Adult sunscreens may also have additional ingredients for effects other than sun protection, such as anti-ageing. Furthermore, suncream for adults can contain chemical agents that cause allergies.

    As children's skin is generally more sensitive, stick to the manufacturers' advice.

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