The Family Medicine Chest

Always remember to keep this in a safe place where children cannot reach it

Remember to see advice from your pharmacist about medicine but here is a list of items in case of minor illnesses or accidents:

  • A selection of plasters in assorted sizes
  • A triangular bandage
  • Sterile dressings in assorted sizes
  • Two sterile eye pads
  • 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
  • Menthol crystals to make steam inhalations to treat catarrh and dry or painful coughs
  • Sharp scissors to cut dressings
  • 3” wide crepe bandage to keep dressings in place or support sprains
  • Indigestion remedies
  • Mild laxative
  • Oral rehydration solution – anti –diarrhoeal