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 reach of children.
Soluble Aspirin Tablets
For adults and children over 12 years of age. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
For relief of pain or fever in young children.
Add to hot water to make a steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs.
Again, for steam inhalations. Also use for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub on the chest or nose.
One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts & grazes.
For treating septic spots, sores in the nose and grazes.
For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites , stings and sunburn.
Excellent for hay fever and allergies, get advice from your pharmacist.
Temporary treatment only for blocked noses , allergy or hay fever.
get advice from your pharmacist (dry, chesty cough)
Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
Syrups for children – get advice from your pharmacist
Rehydration mix e.g. Dioralyte
If you have diarrhoea or sickness
Gaviscon or similar
For indigestion, heartburn, trapped wind, bloated feeling
Remember that your local pharmacy can give you advice on medications
Basic First Aid Kit
Thermometer, selection plasters, tweezers, scissors, antiseptic liquid or cream, sterile pads, dressing strips, selection of bandages, non-absorbent cotton wool, safety pins