Suggested Home Medicine Cabinet

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Soluble Aspirin Tablets
For adults and children over 12 years old. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.

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

Sedative Cough Linctus or Pastilles (eg Pholcodine)
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.

Ephedrine Nose Drops
For runny noses in children over one year old. Use before meals and at night but not for more than four days.

Antiseptic Solution (eg Savlon, Dettol)
One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.

Antiseptic Cream (eg Savlon)
For treating septic spots, sores in the nose and grazes.

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

Rehydration Sachets (eg Dioralyte, Rehidrat)
For treatment of diarrhoea.

Ointment for Bruises and Sprains (eg Lasonil)
If used as soon as possible after the injury, helps prevent stiffness and pain.

Dressing Strips and Non-allergic Tape
For minor cuts.

3″ Wide Crepe Bandage or Elasticated Tubular Bandage
To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.

Cotton Wool
For cleaning cuts and grazes.

Thermometer
For fevers.

Tweezers, Scissors
For removing splinters.