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First aid on holiday: What to pack in your medical kit

Packing a medical kit for trips abroad can be a lifesaver when illnesses and accidents unexpectedly occur on holiday. Natalie Ann Epton, Specialist Paediatrician and Neonatologist at International Paediatric Clinic, recommends assembling a kit that includes:

• Plasters, bandages and wound dressings in a variety of sizes
• Alcohol swabs for cleaning wounds
• Syringes and medicine cups for measuring drug dosages
• Paracetamol and ibuprofen syrup for fever and/or pain in young children
• Paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets for the older travellers
• Deet-based insect repellent (and a reduced-strength Deet repellent for kids)
• Sunscreen
• Specific medications for anyone with pre-existing medical conditions

If have you room, throw in:

• Nasal decongestants
• Cough and cold medication
• Travel sickness medication
• Anti-diarrheals
• Probiotics for use in case of diarrhoea

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