The Family Medicine Chest

Always remember to keep this in a safe place where children cannot reach it.

Remember to seek advice from your pharmacist about medicines, but here is a list of items useful in case of minor illnesses or accidents:

  • A selection of plasters in assorted sizes.
  • A triangular bandage.
  • Sterile dressings in assorted sizes.
  • Two sterile eye pads.
  • Tweezers for removing splinters.
  • Thermometer for fevers.
  • Calamine lotion for dabbing onto insect bites, stings and sunburn.
  • Antiseptic cream to treat sores, spots and grazes.
  • Vapour rub for steam inhalation or to rub on the chest and nose of a child with a stuffy nose or dry cough.
  • Paracetamol syrups to relieve pain or fever in young children.
  • Soluble Aspirin/Paracetamol/Ibuprofen tablets which are good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
  • Menthol crystals to make steam inhalations to treat catarrh and dry or painful coughs.
  • Sharp scissors to cut dressings.
  • 3” wide crepe bandage to keep dressings in place or support sprains.
  • Indigestion remedy.
  • Oral rehydration solution.

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