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. Remember that your local chemist can give you advice about medicines.
Paracetamol or Ibuprofen Tablets
For adults and children over 16 years. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises. Ibuprofen should be avoided if you have asthma or have been diagnosed with a stomach ulcer.
For relief of pain or fever in young children.
For relief of pain or fever in children can be used in conjunction with paracetamol if it is either ineffective or not effective enough. Please note Junior Nurofen can only be used every 6-8 hours up to 3 times a day.
Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs
One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.
For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bits and stings and sunburn.
For minor cuts
3” Wide Crepe Bandage
To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints
For cleaning cuts and grazes
To measure body temperature
For removing splinters