After six weeks off and a summer of fun, September marks the start of the new academic year and with the return to school comes exposure to all kinds of bugs and germs for children. Thankfully, i’ve got some medicine cabinet essentials to help you prepare ahead of the back to school period to ensure there are no sick days this year.
Excilor’s 3-in-1 Protector Spray offers complete protection from verrucas and warts, athlete’s foot and nail fungus by providing a water resistant invisible barrier to protect little feet for up to 8 hours. It comes in a spray formula for easy application and dries instantly, leaving no greasy or sticky residue behind.
It’s a one of a kind product that prevents the development of nasty and painful infections and just needs applying to your children’s feet prior to sports, swimming or P.E. lessons.
Head lice are a normal part of childhood and nothing to be ashamed of. However, they can spread quickly in schools so it’s vital for parents to avoid infestations by using clinically proven treatments or prevention sprays and checking regularly.
Puressentiel Anti-lice products are suitable for children aged 3+ and are 100% natural, insecticide-free and dermatologically tested. They contain no dyes, preservatives or synthetic perfumes, using only nature’s natural bactericides, virucides, fungicides and biocides.
Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion is gentle on hair and the environment, and leaves hair silky and shiny. Its bottle with applicator is easy and practical to use and it has a fresh and pleasant fragrance. Puressentiel Lice Repellent possesses a preventive action against lice, so ii the event of an outbreak, it prevents scalp infestation and offers effective protection for up to 24 hours. Its natural origin active ingredient based formula, with no neurotoxic repellent, leaves the hair smelling fresh and pleasant. It has a practical and easy-to-use spray solution and can be used daily without damaging the hair or making it greasy.
Super Hero fish oil by Bare Biology is essential for children starting the new school year as it is likely to aid learning, development and concentration. One drop of Super Hero contains around 475mg of DHA – around the same amount as a tin of sardines.
Omega 3 (EPA and DHA) is essential for growing brains, eyes and bodies, but with the best will in the world, it can be difficult to get kids to eat plates full of oily fish. Bare Biology SuperHero For Kids Is the perfect solution as it contains the highest level of DHA you’ll find anywhere.
It’s made from pure natural ingredients and has a mild lemony taste that appeals to kids. Well it does mine anyway, but for the super reluctant I would suggest adding a drop to cold food or water.
One of the biggest problems faced by parents when styling children’s hair for school is knots and tangles. But fear not because help is at hand with the Tangle Teezer Compact Styler.
The Tangle Teezer dramatically reduces hair breakage, splitting and damage caused by mistreatment of hair and its unique design allows effortless detangling whilst minimising tugging, breakage and cuticle damage.
This revolutionary brush fits perfectly into school/P.E./Swim bags and the innovative removable cover protects those wonderful flexi teeth from dust, fluff and dirt, giving your children fuss-free, knot-free hair on the move.
Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps children can take to prevent the spread of germs, viruses and bacteria, all of which can cause them to get sick.
Organic Children Sticky Hand Sanitiser is a great alternative to mainstream hand sanitisers that use chemical ingredients such as alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone and Triclosan which can strip and dry out the skin.
It’s made from 100% organic ingredients and naturally sanitises sticky fingers, faces, toys and furniture. It also contains tea tree extract for added antiseptic properties and is a great “eco-buy” for parents as you get up to 200 squirts per bottle.
Weatherproof childrens’ lips during cold snaps by investing in a good lip balm like Vaseline Lip Therapy Original. It’s made from triple-purifed petroleum jelly and is clinically proven to protect and relieve dry and chapped lips, while locking in moisture to keep them healthy.
The back to school season can be surprisingly warm so it’s a good idea to protect your child against the sun’s harmful rays with a sun protection which is specifically designed for children. Put sun cream on your child before they head off to school and pop a miniature sun lotion spray in their school bag for top ups if they go on a school trip, have a PE lesson or if it’s a particularly hot day for lunch breaks.
Solero Ultra-Sensitive for kids is great for children with sensitive skin, and is the perfect tool for parents that feel concerned about their little ones’ reaction to other skin products but want to ensure they have UV-A and UV-B protection. Water resistant and available in SPF30 and SPF50+ as well as in pourable and spray form, the range is ideal for any occasion. There is even a miniature version for on the move (£3, 50ml), perfect to pop in the school bag for top-ups! The kids range is paediatrician approved and fragrance free.
Holland & Barrett Super Strawberry Chewable Soft Gummies Multivitamins contain a range of essential vitamins to help contribute to growing kid’s health and bones. These soft, chewable capsules are perfect for children over the age of three. Made especially for growing children, their Super Strawberry Chewable soft Gummies contain:
- Vitamin A which contributes to the maintenance of normal vision
- Vitamin D which is needed for normal growth and development of bones in children, and also contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth
- Vitamin E which contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress
- Vitamin C which contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism
It’s inevitable that knocks, bumps and bruises will occur during the school day, so stock up on some Elastoplast Kid’s plasters that have your child’s favourite characters on them and are suitable for all types of smaller wounds.
They protect wounds from dirt and bacteria at school or at home, while sealing all around the wound. The material is skin friendly and the colours are safe for children. A non-stick wound pad protections and cushions the wounds and while secure adhesion ensures the plaster stays in place, it is painless and easy to remove.
One of the most important things your child needs in order to succeed at school is “sleep”. Children need to have energy, the ability to focus, concentrate, retain information, and be creative problem solvers. Success at school also requires children to control impulses and manage emotions and behaviour to keep on track. All of these skills depend heavily on healthy, consistent sleep.
If your child struggles to sleep at night then try the CALPOL® Soothe & Care Vapour Plug & Nightlight which releases soothing lavender and chamomile vapours to comfort your child through the night, encourage sleep and help with clear & easy breathing. Its soft, blue nightlight also provides a gentle reassuring glow, as well as guiding you in the room so you can avoid disturbing your child while they rest.
What health products would you recommend for the ‘back to school’ period?