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 reach of children.

Soluble Aspirin Tablets
For adults and children over 12 years of age. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.

Paracetamol Mixture
For relief of pain or fever in young children.

Eucalyptus Oil
Add to hot water to make a steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs.

Vapour Rub
Again, for steam inhalations. Also use for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub on the chest or nose.

Antiseptic Solution
One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts & 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.

Excellent for hay fever and allergies, get advice from your pharmacist.

Temporary treatment only for blocked noses , allergy or hay fever.

Cough medicines
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