NHS England and St John Ambulance are asking parents in the Yorkshire to take some simple steps to become more confident in self-care and first aid.

It can be daunting when children become ill with a temperature or minor injury but these can often be dealt with at home with basic first aid skills or with the help of a pharmacist.

Pharmacists can offer expert advice and are often open longer than other NHS services.

Graham Ellis, of St John Ambulance in the North West said: “First aid is a simple skill but can have an incredible impact. Whether treating a minor injury, or reacting in an emergency situation, having the skills and confidence to help is invaluable."

More information on how to treat a variety of ailments is available at www.nhs.uk or by calling NHS 111, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If parents think their child is more seriously injured or ill, then they should seek medical advice as soon as possible.