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 of the reach of children.

  • Soluble Aspirin Tablets
    Good for headaches, colds, sore throats (gargle with the solution), and pains in general. Aspirin should NOT be given to children under 16. Asthmatics should be cautious when taking aspirin.
  • Paracetamol Mixture
    For relief of pain or fever in young children.
  • Sedative Cough Linctus
    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.
  • Ephedrine Nose Drops
    For runny noses in children over one year old. Use before meals and at night but not for more than four days.
  • 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, stings and sunburn.
  • Dressing Strips
  • 3" Wide Crepe Bandage
    To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.
  • Cotton Wool
    For cleaning cuts and grazes.
  • Thermometer
    For fevers.
  • Tweezers
    For removing splinters.