Family Medicine Cabinet

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a suggestion for their use. Keep in a box or cupboard with a lock and store out of the reach of children.

  • Soluble Aspirin &/or Paracetamol  For adults and children. Good for head ache, colds, sore throat and painful bruises
  • Paracetamol mixture  For relief of pain in young children 
  • Sedative cough linctus  For dry or painful coughs, but not coughs caused by colds
  • Menthol crystals  Add to hot water to make a steam inhalation for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs
  • Vapour rub  Again use for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses, rubbed on to the chest and nose
  • Antiseptic Solution  One teaspoon in warm water for cleansing cuts and grazes
  • Antiseptic cream  For treatment of spots, sores on the nose and grazes
  • Calamine lotion  For dabbing on insect bites, stings and sunburn
  • Dressing strips  For minor cuts 3” crepe bandage To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints
  • Cotton wool  For cleaning cuts and grazes
  • Digital Thermometer  For fevers
  • Tweezers  For removing splinters

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