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Health and Beauty Magazine

Your Kids Health Checklist

Health & Beauty Magazine

Lucie Tobin

Lucie Tobin

Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor

Published 10th September 2008

Keeping your children healthy can be tricky once they're back in class, so here are some options for the medicine cabinet, exclusive to boots.com


Boots Smart Omega 3 Fish Oil 6 months
The best way for your children to get all the vitamins and minerals they need is to give them a healthy, balanced diet. If you think your children aren't getting enough fish oils in their diet, however, you may want to consider an omega 3 supplement. This one is easy to swallow, tastes good, and is suitable for children over six months. Best for an easy-to-swallow supplement.

Haliborange Multivitamins, Calcium & Iron Tablets
Calcium is important for healthy bone development while iron keeps red blood cells healthy so your child should be getting enough of both these minerals from their diet, but if they're not, this is an excellent supplement. The tablets have a pleasant orangey flavour and they're chewable too. For chewable goodness.

Medised For Children
Suitable only for children two years and over, this medicated pain reliever contains paracetamol and diphenhydramine hydrochloride, so read the label carefully before giving it your child. Paracetamol treats pain and reduces fever while the dyphenhydramine, a mild anti-histamine, can reduce stuffiness during a cold. It comes in a strawberry-flavoured syrup.

TCP Spray Plaster
Spray this onto a minor cut and it stops bleeding immediately. It forms a flexible water, dirt and germ proof barrier over the cut that wears away naturally over a few days. Be careful not to spray it near the eyes, nose or mouth and don't use it on infected wounds. Always seek medical advice for large wounds. For convenient first-aid on small cuts.

Dettol Antiseptic Wash Spray
A quick and convenient spray that disinfects small cuts and grazes, burns, scalds and blisters. It's great to have in the first aid kit if you’ve got accident-prone kids. You can also use it to disinfect piercings to reduce the risk of infection. For spray-on disinfection.

Elastoplast Winnie the Pooh Plasters
Water and dirt repellent and featuring Winnie the Pooh characters, these plasters are a mum’s first aid kit must-have. Children will love them because they're skin friendly and easy to remove without the 'ouch!' The box contains two different sizes. For drying tears after minor cuts and scrapes.

Kool‘n’soothe Soft Gel Sheets
These handy gel sheets provide a cooling relief for your children. Convenient and safe, they can be used whenever your child feels hot, and will stay in place on the skin without leaving any sticky residue. The specially formulated gel requires no refrigeration and each sheet stays cool for up to six hours.

Hedrin 4% Lotion
This straightforward, two-step treatment for headlice is quick and easy, and insecticide free. Apply and comb it through dry hair before bed and leave it on overnight, for at least eight hours. In the morning, wash and dry hair as normal. Hedrin kills lice but not eggs, so repeat after seven days to complete treatment. Odourless and effective. For bug busting.

Nitty Gritty NitFree Comb
This steel comb is an alternative to chemical lice treatments. Apply conditioner to dry hair and then comb the nits and eggs from the hair. Repeat every few days until hair is free of lice and eggs. The teeth of the comb are close together, enabling it to remove the lice and eggs effectively. For a lice-free future.

Bazuka gel
This gel comes with special applicator, emery board and instructions. The ingredients work together to break down and remove not just verrucas but also warts, corns and calluses. Just apply every day as directed until the affected area is cured. For persistent verrucas. Always read the label. If symptoms persist consult your GP.

Written by Cat Leonard

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