B3 - The Family Medicines 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 the reach of children.
- Soluble Aspirin Tablets
For adults and children over 16 years. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
- Sedative Cough Linctus
For dry or painful coughs - but not coughs caused by common colds.
- Paracetamol Mixture
(Calpol, Disprol etc) For relief of pain or fever in young children.
- Menthol Crystals
Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs.
- Vapour Rub
(Vick, Karvol etc) Again, for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub on the chest and nose.
- 3" Wide Crepe Bandage
To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.
- Antiseptic Cream
For treating septic spots, sores in the nose and grazes.
- Cotton Wool
For cleaning cuts and grazes.
- Calamine Lotion
For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites and stings and sunburn.
- Antihistamine Tablets
For nettle rash/hives.
- Dressing Strips/Plasters
For minor cuts.
For removing splinters.
Remember that your local pharmacy can give you advice about medicines.