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Medicine CabinetStocking Your Medicine Cabinet

What to keep in the medicine cabinet - you never know when minor illnesses are going to strike, so it is is worthwhile keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home. Below is a list of suggested medicines and dressings that are useful for common illnesses and accidents at home. Always ensure that all medications are kept well out of the reach of young children.

Sedative Cough Linctus - For dry or painful coughs

Antiseptic Cream - For sores, grazes and septic spots

Antiseptic solution - Dilute in water & use to clean cuts and grazes

Calamine lotion - For use on dermatitis, and on insect bites & stings and sunburn to soothe

Tweezers - For removing splinters

Plasters - For minor cuts

Thermometer - For checking fevers

Indigestion Remedies - For relief of heartburn and indigestion pains

Crepe Bandage (3 inch) - For sprained joints & for holding dressings in correct place

Paracetamol Tablets - For general pain relief in adults

Paracetamol Liquid - For relief of pain and/or fever in young children

Soluble Aspirin Tablets - For adults or children over 12 - good for headaches, colds & sore throats

Ephidrine Nose Drops - For runny noses in children over 1 year. Do not use for more than 4 days

Vapour Rub - For steam inhalation, stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub into chest and on nose

Antihistamine Tablets/Ointment - For relief of inflammation from itches/rashes and allergic reactions caused by body's over production of histamine. Useful in allergy reactions such as watery eyes, sneezing, swelling and for insect bites. Recommend to use newer brands which are less sedative

Rehydration Solution - For replacing fluids and salts lost due to vomiting or diarrhoea