Minor Illness and Home Medicine Chest

Helping yourself: the home medicine chest – what should I keep at home?

It makes sense to keep a few medicines locked away (out of the reach of children) for the management of minor illnesses and minor injuries. Here is a suggested list of the kind of things you could keep at home:

  • Selection of plasters in assorted sizes
  • 1 triangular bandage
  • Sterile dressings in assorted sizes
  • Tweezers for removing splinters
  • Thermometer for fevers
  • Calamine lotion for dabbing onto insect bites, stings and sunburn
  • Antiseptic cream to treat sores, spots and grazes
  • Vapour rub for steam inhalation, or to rub on the chest and nose of a child with a stuffy nose or dry cough
  • Paracetamol syrups to relieve pain or fever in young children
  • Soluble aspirin/paracetamol/ibuprofen tablets which are good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises
  • Strepsils, Dequacaine or other throat lozenges
  • 5cm wide crepe bandage to keep dressings in place or support sprains
  • Indigestion remedy e.g. milk of magnesia or Gaviscon
  • Mild laxative e.g. Senokot
  • Oral rehydration solution e.g. Dioralyte

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