What is Self Care?

Self care is about looking after yourself in the most healthy way, from exercise to managing common conditions like headaches, colds and flu or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

Here to Support You

We’re here to give you the confidence and information to look after your own health when it’s right for you.

The Best Choice

Self care is the best choice for treating very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries.

Your Home Medicine Chest

A range of common illnesses, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a very well stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest. In your cabinet you should have:

  • Paracetamol
  • Mild laxatives and anti-diarrhoeal medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedies, e.g. Antacids
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sun screen SPF 15 or higher and sun burn treatment, e.g. Calamine
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings

Your local pharmacist is a good source of advice for these minor ailments.


Keep your medicine chest in a secure, locked place, out of the reach of children.

Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose and do not keep any medicines which are past their expiry date.

Fact Sheets

Parents Guides

Parents’ guide to common childhood illnesses including bronchiolitis, chickenpox, croup, sore throats, fevers and feverish illnesses, diarrhoea and vomiting, head injury, soft tissue injury and febrile convulsions.

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Bronchiolitis is a viral infection affecting the small airways of the lungs and is usually caused by RSV (respiratory syncytial virus).

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Before the rash appears, your child may have some mild flu–like symptoms, including feeling sick, a high temperature, aching muscles, headache, feeling generally unwell and loss of appetite.

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Croup usually starts with a mild fever and runny nose which progresses to a sore throat, hoarse voice and a harsh barking cough.

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Sore Throat

What causes a sore throat, what is the treatment, when to contact your GP.

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Feverish Illness

A fever in a child means a temperature of over 38°C. Fevers are usually the result of viral infections that cause coughs, colds, sore throats, ear infections.

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Diarrhoea and Vomiting

It is an infection of the stomach which causes diarrhoea (runny, watery poo) and often vomiting with some tummy ache and fever.

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Head Injury

When to seek medical attention following a head injury, what to expect after a head injury and looking after your child following a head injury.

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Soft Tissue Injury

What is a soft tissue injury? What can be done to prevent further injury? How long will it take to heal?

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Febrile Convulsions

A febrile convulsion is a fit or seizure which can happen in some children when they have illnesses such as a cold and are usually associated with a high temperature (fever) above 39ºC.

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