What to look out for
Most local communities have pharmacists who give professional, expert healthcare.
Your pharmacist can advise you on medicines, over-the-counter remedies and lifestyle concerns such as weight management and quitting smoking. You don’t need an appointment and you can speak with your pharmacist in private if you wish.
Here are some things your pharmacist can advise you about:
- How to take your medicines correctly. Your pharmacist is the expert on medicines and can tell you which medicines you can and cannot take together, and which of your medicines are out of date and should not be used
- How to treat minor ailments, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, stomach upsets and hay fever
- How to manage chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease
- How to manage your weight or quit smoking
If you need advice or have any healthcare concerns, ask your pharmacist first.
What can you doTalk to your pharmacist if you’re concerned about any illness or symptoms. For common conditions such as colds, flu, earaches, sore throats or fever, you can take either paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce temperature and to relieve pain.Remember, an antibiotic will not reduce a fever or relieve pain.Dos and Don’ts of Giving Medicines to Young Children:
- Always use the spoon or dosage syringe that comes with the medicine. Don’t use household spoons as these come in different sizes.
- Follow the dosage instructions very carefully. Do not give more medicine or give the medicine more often than your pharmacist or doctor recommends.
- Give liquid medicines slowly to avoid choking.
- Never give a medicine to a child without first consulting a pharmacist or doctor.
- Keep medicines out of the reach of children and out of sight if possible.
- Don’t give aspirin to children under 16, unless a doctor prescribes it, as there is a risk of serious illness.
- Paracetamol – make sure you have the right strength for your child. Check the correct dose for your child, according to the label.
- It is dangerous to take to much paracetamol so ask your pharmacist for advice and read the label carefully.
- Ibuprofen – You can give ibuprofen for pain and fever to children of three months and over who weigh more than 5kg (11lbs). Check the correct dose for your child’s age.
When to seek help
As you can probably guess, this website can never replace the advice you might get from a health professional. If you are worried about yourself or your child, please call or visit your GP or Pharmacist.
We hope you feel better soon!