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The Family Medicine Chest

coldHere is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a suggestion for their use. Keep in a box or cupboard with a lock and store out of the reach of children

Soluble Aspirin - For adults and children. Good for head ache, colds, sore throat and painful bruises

Paracetamol mixture - For relief of pain in young children

Sedative cough linctus - For dry or painful coughs, but not coughs caused by colds

Menthol crystals -  Add to hot water to make a steam inhalation for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs

Vapour rub -  Again use for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses, rubbed on to the chest and nose

Antiseptic Solution -  One teaspoon in warm water for cleansing cuts and grazes

Antiseptic cream -  For treatment of spots, sores on the nose and grazes

Calamine lotion -  For dabbing on insect bites, stings and sunburn

Dressing strips -  For minor cuts3” 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

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