Below is a list of useful medicines and dressings. It's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions so you know how much medicine to take or to give to children, and how often to give it. If you're not sure, get advice from your pharmacist, GP or Health Visitor.
Never give the medicine more often than recommended, and don't give any more than the stated dose.
Keep all medicines locked-up and out of the reach of children.
Antiseptic Cream: For treating septic spots, sores in the nose and grazes.
Antiseptic Solution: One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.
Aspirin: For adults or children over 16. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
Calamine Lotion: For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites and stings and sunburn.
Crepe Bandage 3" Wide : To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.
Dressing Strips: For minor cuts.
Gauze Squares: For cleaning cuts and grazes.
Menthol Crystals: Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs.
Paracetamol Mixture: For relief of pain or fever in young children.
Paracetamol Tablets/Capsules: For adults or children over 12. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
Sedative Cough Linctus: For dry or painful coughs - but not coughs caused by common colds.
Thermometer: For fevers.
Vapour Rub: Again, for steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub on the chest and nose.