Medicine Chest

The family medicine chest

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a description of their uses. All are quite inexpensive and worth stocking at home in readiness for minor illnesses.

Keep them in a box or cupboard with a lock – or store them well out of the reach of children.

Soluble aspirin tablets

Good for headaches, colds, sore throats (gargle with the solution), and pains in general. Aspirin should NOT be given to children under 16.

Paracetamol mixture
For relief of pain or fever in young children.

Sedative cough linctus
For dry or painful coughs – but not coughs caused by common colds.

Menthol crystals
Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs.

Vapour rub
Again, for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub on the chest and nose.

Antiseptic solution
One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.

Antiseptic cream
For treating septic spots, sores in the nose amd grazes.

Calamine lotion
For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites, stings and sunburn.

Dressing strips
For minor cuts.

3″ Wide crepe bandage
To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.

Cotton wool
For cleaning cuts and grazes.

For fevers.

For removing splinters.

Remember that your local chemist can give you advice about medicines.

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