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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 the reach of children.

Soluble Aspirin tablets: For adults and older children. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.

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

Sedative Cough Linctus: For dry or painful coughs – but not coughs caused by the common cold.

Menthol Crystals: Add hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and painful 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 grazes, spots and sores.

Calamine Lotion: For dabbing on insect bites, stings and sunburn.

Dressing Strips: For minor cuts.

3” Wide Crepe Bandage: To keep dressings in place and support sprained or bruised joints.

Cotton Wool: For cleaning cuts and grazes.

Thermometer: For fevers.

Tweezers: For removing splinters.

Please remember that your local chemist can give you advice about medicines.

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