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Summer Kids Health – Twitter Party & Giveaway

| August 20, 2012 | 87 Comments

The team from AXA PPP healthcare are back! This time we are looking at Summer Kids Health. A topic close to all our (parenting) hearts I am sure. More info on the live chat party below.. but just so you know – leave a question on Summer Kids Health below and your questions will a) be answered and b) you will be entered into a £200 pampering products from The Sanctuary (please see T&Cs below). Whoop whoop.

Summer and Kids

Summer to me is all about sunshine (ahem, here in the UK?!) and being outdoors. Running around. Fresh air. And having fun. Pretty healthy all round of course. So no real health issue to worry about, or are there? Well yes….

My kids are curious kids.. and they are into everything and they want to pick everything up. When Red Ted was two, we had about 3 bee stings in a row! (I think Red Ted did FINALLY learn his lesson). We were very lucky that they were not bad bee stings and that there was no allergic reaction. I turned to trusted twitter to help and found out that bicarbonate of soda helps with a sting. I tell you it was like magic: one minute my child was crying. The next he was saying “ouchy gone”. Isn’t bicarbonate of soda simply AMAZING?! But I digress. How lucky was I, that there was no reaction?! Pip Squeak has been spared the bee sting… but what if SHE is allergic?

My first question the AXA PPP healthcare team:

What first aid do you apply to a child that is allergic to a bee sting- of course call the ambulance, but what else can you do? 

We do like going to the park and I do encourage lots of climbing of trees. I think tree climbing is something simply wonderful. I don’t know what it is, but a childhood without a climbed tree or 2 or 100, just isn’t the same. But with climbing come risks. Again, as of yet, nothing bad has happened, other than the odd scraped knee or elbow. When I was a child, one of my friend fell from a climbing frame and he within seconds, had a bruise the size of a (black) tennis ball on his forehead (I kid you not!). It was pretty horrid and quite worrying. Luckily overall, he was ok. But again… my fear, worry and question to the AXA PPP healthcare team:

What should you do if your child has fall from a tree or climbing frame? What things should you watch out for over the next 1-2days?

AXA PPP healthcare Live Summer Kids Health Chat

So… if you have any questions about Kids Health that you would like to have answered by an expect team, then read on:

AXA PPP healthcare’s Health at Hand nurses will be available to offer information on children’s health in the summertime on Thursday 23 August 9am-11am. Many of the team of registered nurses have worked at Health at Hand for many years are experienced in answering the questions typically posed by AXA PPP healthcare customers – so, from sunburn to sports, from allergies to heat rash, feel free to ask away!

This chat will take place on the AXA PPP healthcare site.

Health at Hand is AXA PPP healthcare’s exclusive 24/7 service for members – meaning health information and a discussion with a medical professional is always just a phone call away. Non-members can access our health professionals too – either in monthly live chats – or by using the Ask the Expert function on the AXA PPP healthcare website. One of AXA PPP healthcare’s panel of experts will aim to answer your query within 48 hours, so ask away on anything and everything from fitness and nutrition to medical questions.

Can’t make the live chat?

Can’t make the web discussion? All questions have been answered in this transcript.

Alternatively, you can get in touch through Facebook or Twitter, and AXA PPP healthcare will get back to you with a response from the Health at Hand nurses a few days after the online clinic ends.

You can also leave your questions AHEAD of the chat in the comment box below (and you will have the chance of winning £200 of Sanctuary products).

Terms & Conditions:

1) Sanctuary competition is only open to UK residence.

2) One entry per person.

3) A winner will be selected by the AXA PPP healthcare PR team – decisions will be final and may not be appealed.

4) Delivery and awarding of the prize is the responsibility of the AXA PPP healthcare team and not  Red Ted Art. Please direct all queries about delivery and content to AXA PPP healthcare.

5) The £200 Sanctuary prize contains: xxx xxx xxx xx

6) All  entries must be received by Wednesday 22 August 11:30pm.

This post is sponsored by AXA PPP healthcare.

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  1. Vita says:

    Can you get anti-histamine for children under 6? My 4year old has been getting hayfever symptoms the last few weeks where the pollen count has been high.

  2. Paul H says:


    probably not valid. but it’s something which has been on my mind

    If you we’re in a situation where someone needed medical attention in a park, street or other public space. Would you accept first aid and help/assistance from a 12 year old first-aider? (asking as my son is a young carer and a qualified first-aider)


  3. Carolin says:

    What’s the best way to help a toddler with travel sickness? All medication is for children 3 years or older…


  4. Becky says:

    Hi there,

    How can you prevent / reduce the symptons of eczema? Feel so sorry for my poor 10 year old!


  5. Rebecca says:

    I would like to ask about insect bites… I’ve noticed this year we have all been bitten several times, including the twins… They are terribly itchy, is there anything I can do to ease their discomfort?
    Thanks :)

  6. Lucia says:

    What can you do about toddler sunburn if you are unlucky enough to have been caught out, despite sun screen etc? Is calamine lotion the only option?

  7. Sonya Cisco says:

    Chickenpox is doing the rounds in my neighbourhood, obviously should he get it, my just turned one year old is too young to understand not scratching, what is the most effective way to reduce the itches?

  8. Anything else I can do to prevent insect bites? My son must be very tasty. I have some wipes are are supposed to prevent you being bitten but they dont work.
    I have a pen for instant bite application but it really stings and makes him cry?

  9. Liz Burton says:

    I’d like to ask about heat/sun stroke. What are the signs to look for and what action should you take? Of course, understanding that prevention is better than cure.

    Thank you.

  10. Jo says:

    What’s the best way of preventing and treating heat rash? My 6 year old just started to get it this year and it looks terrible!

  11. Jade says:

    I would like to know if Insect repellent is ok to use on children? If so, which is the best/safest



  12. Clare Woodman says:

    As an eco-friendly shopper, I wanted to know if there are any environmentally friendly anti-histamine products already on the market or any soon to be released?

    Thank you :)

  13. Kairen says:

    I fear my kids being stung whilst out and about by a bee,wasp or horse fly ( teen a keen horsy person and just about lives in the stables). As terrible as it is, I not got a clue what I am supposed to do whilst said stung child is leaping around like their hands just been cut off. So what is the best way to deal with these sort of stings ?

  14. Lisa h says:

    When children and adults get dehydrated either due to tummy bug or hot weather what is the best natural remedy? All too often dioralyte is advised,but this is not always on hand or avaialble unless a prescription is obtained from a doctor.

  15. Julz says:

    How much is too much to drink when it’s particularly sunny/hot?

  16. Naomi says:

    What would you advise should be in a handbag first aid kit? I currently have plasters, sachets of Nurofen Kids & a bite soothing cream. Anything else?

  17. BETHANY LAWRIE says:

    Can you give me some advice to prevent blocked ears/sinuses for a toddlers first flight? I know how painful ‘popping ears’ can be!

  18. Kelly says:

    My daughter has sunburn on her shoulders which we are constantly applying after sun to, however I wondered if giving her paractemol may ease her discomfort. she is 8 years old. thanks

  19. Naomi K says:

    In relation to bee stings, how do you know if you’re allergic? Are there any tell-tale signs, or do you only find out if you get stung and have a bad reaction?

    Thank you! Something I’ve wanted to know for a while actually. Obviously if you find out you’re allergic, then you can take more precautions, and especially with little ones, you’d try to make sure there was very little chance of getting stung.

  20. I’d like to know how best to deal with toddlers and hayfever: is it linked to exzcema and cows milk allergies? What is best to use for under 3s?


  21. Jen says:

    I would like to ask how best to treat insect bits on my children. We’ve been bitten quite a bit in the last month and it’s hard to know how to ease their discomfort. Thank you!

  22. Melissa B says:

    My son gets terrible heat rash when it’s hot and sunny and we’ve been applying a lot of sunscreen. Can you recommend any remedys to help soothe his itchy spots? The spots seen to linger for a few days as well, I tried calamine but it didn’t help.

  23. Having just returned from a holiday where one child got prickly heat and the other an allergic reaction (which manifested in a rash all over her arms but nowhere else), I would ask what the best ways to treat these complaints. The pharmacist was useless.

  24. Nicola Hinchliffe says:

    I would love to know what if their is any form of medication I can give a 2 year old to relieve the effects of prickly heat as my little man suffers badly with it.

  25. Cressi says:

    Any suggestions for heat exhaustion? I know it’s not a problem in this country very often but it does happen sometimes to mine.

  26. Are there any suncreams, suitable for psoriasis sufferers, my children’s psoriasis is cleared up by the sun, but I obviously want the rest of their body to be protected from the sun, what would you suggest.

  27. Craig Jeffery says:

    What can I do with my 4 year old, he has sun burn and wont stop pulling at his peeling skin?

  28. toni quandt says:

    When/how do I know what crying is normal for my 6 month old?I often panic when she cries for a while and whilst considering dashing down to doctors she stops and nods off,and then i’m left exhausted and baffled.

  29. Sammie Hodges says:

    Hi, My son (aged 3) suffers from Eczema and it seems a lot worse in the summer months. Is there anything I can do to stop it coming up so bad in the summer? We are prescribed E45 but would really appreciate any advice on what else I could be doing to help him.

  30. Melanie Edjourian says:

    I have been told to come over to a few peoples houses when their kids had chicken pox but was unsure whether I should as my youngest has only just turned two. Would it be ok if she got it now or would it pose any extra problems because of her age?

  31. Suki says:

    My daughter is 4, she gets awful peeling skin in the sun despite me putting sun cream in. How can I keep her skin hydrated.

  32. My son is 12 months and I struggle to keep him cool and hydrated during the summer months as he doesn’t seem to want to drink any water. What advice can you give?

  33. lana leman says:

    best way of treating eczema?

  34. Jamielee Norris says:

    My daughter suffers severely with prickly heat when she goes out in the sun and i apply sun cream to her skin. However id hate to stop her going out in the sun, yet she ends up so itchy and it keeps her awake at night as she is very uncomfortable. Is there anything that i can do to prevent it or help treat it when she has it?

  35. Julie A says:

    Any alternative therapies to cure psorasis?

  36. Lorraine Graham says:

    How can I achieve a balance of getting enough sunlight for my young children to help with Vit D production and still keeping them safe from the sun rays?

  37. Jo Young says:

    What is the best way to treat a nasty horsefly bite on a little one?

  38. Nikki Thomas says:

    All of my children suffer with hay fever, I give them anti histamine but should I be keeping windows shut to prevent symptoms or does having the windows open help?

  39. Jenny says:

    How can you tell if an 8 month old has hayfever or not? She has clear mucus running from her nose, red eyes and sneezes a lot. My husband has hayfever so I’ve not sure if she has it or a cold/is teething!

  40. Georgie says:

    My 7 year old started getting body odour under her arms about 6 months ago. It is a definite BO smell and can be quite prominent even an hour after bathing. It doesn’t seem to be just when the weather is hot either. She is not overweight and has no other puberty signs other than mood swings, but they could be down to just being 7. She is also not sweaty anywhere else and, in fact, has a bit of eczema on her legs. Should I be worried?

  41. Q) Whenever I apply suncream to my childrens faces they get a rash under the skin that looks like heat rash but skin coloured not red rash. What is this and how do I treat it? @Bobbity666

  42. Heather Haigh says:

    What childhood illnesses are ‘notifiable’ and what exactly does that mean? Who has to be notified? I ask because someone mentioned it in relation to impetigo but I was left confused.

  43. Juanita Powers says:

    What is the best thing to put on a childs sunburn to cool it down and to make them more comfortable? (Not that my child has sunburn but its always nice to know)

  44. How can I help to minimise bruising – my toddlers are very clumsy and tend to fall over a lot and are constantly covered in them.

  45. Mary Moir says:

    My daughter is 12 and wont take pills, but suffers from Migraine. She is tall and I am not sure if I can give her soluble aspirin or should I stick to Childrens remedies?

  46. ClairejB says:

    What is the best way of treating dry, itchy scalp in young kids? Are there any suitable medicated shampoos for children that aren’t too harsh?
    What would be the most likely cause of dry itchy scalp? Could it be an allergy or intolerance to a foodstuff or something in the environment?

  47. Gilla says:

    Do children need to drink more in very hot weather? If so, how much should they drink?

  48. geraldine roe says:

    whats the best product to buy for teething – my little boy just seems to lick the gel off!

  49. Joanne Lyles says:

    Whilst climbing trees it is not uncommon for my daughter to get a splinter… she screams on trying to remove it… any suggestions help on how to ease the discomfort, and if it would come out by itseld in the end?

  50. Sara O'Shea says:

    My daughter is a very fussy eater and refuses a lot of healthy foods. What is the best supplement I can give her that isn’t too expensive? She is 3 years old.

  51. Grandson (6) finds his eyes get very red, sore, itchy and mucky when out in the sunshine. Other than keeping him in ( not fair) over and above him wearing sun glasses what would you suggest

  52. Charlotte says:

    My toddler loves playing in the garden, but has had a few insect bites – what’s the best thing to soothe these? :)

  53. Fionalynne Edwards says:

    My doctor has told us that my daughter h Molluscom Warts, which have appeared on the back of her legs. There seems to be no treatment or cure – can you suggest anything, please?

  54. Lesley Bain says:

    My 8 year old suffers frequently from tonsillitis. This is very debilitating for her and she misses out on quite a bit of school as a result. GP reluctant to refer her for surgery due to the risk of death from anasthesia…so we continue to hope that she will eventually grow out of it.
    Is there anything I can be doing to avoid her getting it, or reduce her symptoms when she does? She seems to be on antibiotics every few months – which I am sure reduces their effectiveness as well as worrying me that she needs so much medication.

  55. mandy waller says:

    What is the best way to help demish a wart on a 3 year olds head ?

  56. nikki moore says:

    my daughter gets no end of insect bites and they always get inflamed is there anything i can put on her to hopefully keep the insects away?

  57. Sarah Robinson says:

    What is the best way to treat heat rash? Have tried after sun with aloe vera and hydrocortisone


  58. Olivia Cumberbatch says:

    What’s the best home remedy for toddlers with hayfever?

  59. Gemma m Williams says:

    My daughter comes out in a rash when playing in grass is this an allergy ?

  60. How do you determine heat rash or prickly heat?

  61. Having young children means that you are always checking that they are ok physically and always worrying about if they are ill. My 4 year old has eczema which flares up occasionally after she has eaten some food or touched something. What are the common food items to watch put for?


  62. How can I prevent eczema flare ups aggravated by heat?

  63. Gemma Clark says:

    can local honey help with the symptoms of hayfever?

  64. Hi what is the best way to treat prickly heat in young children? My five month old developed a rash after we had been for a walk on the beach, she was in a sling and had sun cream on. She developed a rash shortly after we left and I was advised over the counter treatments were not available for children under a year. So i would be grateful for any advice on prevention and treatment in case it reoccurs.

  65. Becky says:

    So many questions!!!

    Just want know how you manage nettle stings..arent dock leaves a myth?

  66. Nicky Benton says:

    My year 7 old is covered in cuts and bruises, is there anything i can use to speed up healing

  67. Dee says:

    Any ideas on how to treat travel sickness in children? I don’t like to use tablets if it’s possible to avoid them.

  68. Phillip A says:

    Hi and thank-you for taking questions….

    I Would like to know other than chemical pain-killers..

    Could you advise a more naturel product that would help with headaches

    And such ….


  69. Marina Wilson says:

    my partner has signs of hayfever allergy. he’s taking blood pressure tablets.Can he take hayfever tablets also/

  70. Angela sandhu says:

    My 8 year old gets a lot of headaches in the sun. Is there anything I can do to help prevent this. I don’t want to keep giving him painkillers.

  71. Michaela says:

    my daughter recently got sunburn at the beach even though i had her in the shade at all times, if this happened again what would be te best way to treat it immediately? i used sudocrem and after sun which didnt help and eventually resorted to savlon which seemed to do the trick, but is there anyting else which would help sensitive skin.

  72. Emma Prestage says:

    Is there anything to prevent getting heat rash?


  73. Emma R says:

    Whats the best way to deal with Hayfever in small children? My 1 year old seems to suffer very badly with it and I’m not sure of the best anti-histamines for young ones.

  74. Is regular baby sunscreen ok to use if my baby has eczema or do I need to buy a specialist type? Thanks :)

  75. Kerry Robertson says:

    is there any natural remedy’s for treating insect bites and stings?

  76. Florence Cross says:

    What’s the best remedy for treating nettle stings?

  77. Jennifer Sample says:

    I have a few questions!!

    1) can you use those little clickers that give off a really tiny shock for insect bits on 5 year olds? My son is happy to try it as half a piriton is doing nothing for his itching (he got 7 bites on his thigh the other day then the little blighter got me 4 times – poor kid takes after his mummy for having tastey blood!) I’m just not sure on “shocking” his delecate skin!

    2) Can you put sun cream on a head full of cradle cap? My daughter is 1yo and still has bad cradle cap which is only just slowly starting to come off, she will not wear a hat, we have been trying for months, it last 3 seconds before being pulled off! Last week she burnt the top of her head, it didn’t seem to bother her but was quite red, were going to America v.soon and I don’t know if I can put a sensitive sun cream on top of the cradle cap or if this will irritae it!


  78. George Cadogan says:

    Should we really be worried about wrapping up our kids in cotton wool this summer to protect them from the elements? As a child I would bathe in the mud outside, eat food off the ground and be constantly filthy. Do you think today’s more common clean freak culture with antibacterial everything in products and the fear of dirt within homes is causing the increase found in allergies and illnesses such as asthma?

  79. Katy Malkin says:

    How do you handle a child who claims they have a headache? How can you work out the severity and / or potential medication?

  80. caroline james says:

    What is the best way to prevent head lice in children, as my youngest is forever picking them up at school.

  81. My son is always sneezing during the summer months which we presume is hey fever… he is only 2.5… is there anything safe enough to give him to ease the symptoms?


  82. Roz says:

    My little boy is 4 and a half months old. I haven’t started weaning yet. He’s on high calorie formula prescribed from a dietician as well as breast milk. He seems to be really focussed on people when they are eating and tries to grab your hand. Should I start introducing baby rice/purees or wait the recommended 6 months?

  83. Boo Roo and Tigger Too says:

    Both of my children are fussy eaters, would you recommend giving them a multi-vitamin each day to help them gain the vitamins and minerals they are MIT gaining through their food intake?

  84. Kendel says:

    My son is diagnosed as Vitamin D deficient as I know its important that he is exposed to sunlight, how much sun does he need and how do I do this safely without the risk of sun burn.

  85. My 2.5 year old is petite and skinny, weighing only 24lb. Sje wears 12-18 month or 18-24 month clothes. Dad and I are both average. We have never been concerned about her size, but lately friends and family have been raising concerns. Should we be worried?

  86. Alison says:

    My son gets very hot and sweaty, he wears t-shirts even in the cold weather and goes bright red in the face. How can I stop him from overheating in the warm weather?

  87. Trish says:

    My daughter suffers quite badly from hay fever but the anti-histamine tablet effects have started to wear off quite quickly. Should I switch from brand to brand or take her to the GP? Thanks.

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