Below is a list of useful medicines and dressings for all the family. They are inexpensive and worth stocking at home.
Remember: Keep all medicines locked-up and out of the reach of children.
- Paracetamol/Ibuprofen – for adults or children over 12. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
- Paracetamol mixture/Ibuprofen syrup – for relief of pain or fever in young children.
- Cough linctus (non sedative) – 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.
- Antihistamine (cetirizine) – for hay fever, allergies etc
- Rehydration powders – to restore fluids and body salts lost during stomach upsets/ diarrhoea
- 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.
- Factor 50 sunblock – especially for children.
- Dressing strips – for minor cuts.
- 3″ wide crepe bandage – to keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.
- Gauze squares – for cleaning cuts and grazes.
- Thermometer – for fevers.