Community Pharmacy and Child Health

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I was sitting at the C and D Summit listening to a pharmacist talking about removing nappies from the pharmacy and had to say that I thought it was a mistake. I appreciate that most mums buy their nappies elsewhere and it might make the place look untidy, but that is not the point.

I can remember a pharmacist mentor telling me ‘all the mums around here come to me’ and it seemed to be true. We had an endless stream of pregnant ladies, prams and pushchairs. The endless discussions around reflux, posture, sleeping and bending. Talking about moisturisers, exercise and stretch marks. Rashes (bottom and skin), teething and weaning and, for a young pharmacist in training, the dilemma of cracked or sore nipples. Discussions about immunisation were endless. And the arrangement with the local GP for folic acid prescriptions and the emollients. I learnt how to change nappies and…

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