Struck down on National Sickie Day? Make sure you know your
As the nation braces itself for 'National Sickie Day', we are
issuing advice for the most common ailments people phone in sick
The first Monday in February is the day which has traditionally
seen the highest number of UK employees absent from work through
sickness. The 2017 figures are expected to be higher than previous
years as certain illnesses could be more prevalent this time around
with the day falling on the first weekend after Dry January, the
first post-Christmas pay day, Super Bowl Sunday and the start of
the six nations.
Employment Law Experts (ELAS) predicts that approximately
350,000 people will call in sick, costing the UK economy around £45
million in wages, lost hours and overtime.
For those of you struck down with illness on 'National Sickie
Day', here's some advice for the most common ailments people may be
Sit or lie down somewhere quiet, and hold something cold against
your head. This could be a bag of peas, or ice wrapped in a cloth,
or a cold compress if you have one (apply for no more than ten
minutes). Not getting better? You can take the recommended dose of
pain killers, such as paracetamol (for adults only).
Get more first aid advice
Enjoyed your post-Dry January weekend a little too much?
Dehydration is one of the main causes of hangover symptoms. Make
sure you drink lots of water and/or an oral rehydration solution to
Get more first aid
advice on dehydration
Vomiting and diarrhoea
Vomiting and diarrhoea are usually caused by irritation of the
digestive system and can occur together or separately. Both can be
triggered by parasites, viruses or bacteria and it causes the body
to lose essential salts and fluids risking dehydration. When you’ve
stopped vomiting, sip a glass of water or unsweetened fruit juice.
Take frequent small sips to help replace the fluid you have lost.
When you are feeling hungry again, eat foods that are easily
digested, such as bread, pasta or potatoes for the first 24
Get more first
aid advice on vomiting and diarrhoea
Eaten a dodgy Super Bowl party hot dog? You may feel the effects
of food poisoning within a few hours, and will often be sick or
have diarrhoea. However, in some cases it can take up to three days
to get over food poisoning. If you think you might have food
poisoning, these are the six key things to look for: feeling sick,
vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, headache, or fever. The most
important thing is to drink water so you don’t get dehydrated
and/or an oral rehydration solution.
Get more first aid
advice on food poisoning
Flu is a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and
sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually start to
feel better within a week. For advice on symptoms or how to treat
flu, visit NHS