PARENTS have been warned to be prepared for treating minor injuries to their children.

With the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer, this means many children are playing outside, increasing their risk of scrapes, cuts and bruises.

Injuries on bikes are particularly common and and health chiefs have now advised mums and dad on the best way to treat their children.

Dr Preeti Shukla, clinical lead at Blackburn with Darwen CCG said: “Self-care is often best for cuts, scrapes and grazes, so it’s a good idea to check your first aid kit to make sure it’s stocked for all eventualities.

"There’s nothing worse than getting out the first aid kit to discover you’ve run out of plasters or antiseptic wipes. It doesn’t cost a lot these days to get everything you need for your kit.”

“Your local pharmacy can advise you on treatment for minor injuries and over the counter medicines that are safe for your child. To keep your child is as safe as possible make sure they wear appropriate head gear, and if possible, protect their knees and elbows," she added.

Parents worried about their child’s injuries and unsure if they need medical help should call NHS 111.

This service offers advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can advise parents where to go if their child has experienced a bang to the head or a bad sprain.