The Family Medicine Chest

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a description of their uses. All are quite cheap 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 reach of children!

  • 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 and grazes.
  • Calamine Lotion: For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites and stings and sunburn.
  • 3″ Wide Crepe Bandage: To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.
  • Thermometer: For fevers.
  • Tweezers: For removing splinters.
  • Plasters: Keep a variety of sizes for applying to minor cuts and abrasions

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