Medicine Cabinet

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 the reach of children.

medicine cabinet

Soluble Aspirin Tablets 
Good for headaches, colds, sore throats (gargle with the solution), and pains in general. Aspirin should NOT be given to children under 16.

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

Sedative Cough Linctus 
For dry or painful coughs - but not coughs caused by common colds.

Menthol Crystals 
Add to hot water to make steam inhalations for treating catarrh and dry or painful coughs.

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

Ephedrine Nose Drops 
For runny noses in children over one year old. Use before meals and at night but not for more than four days.

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

Dressing Strips 
For minor cuts.

3" Wide Crepe Bandage 
To keep dressings in place. To support sprained or bruised joints.

Cotton Wool 
For cleaning cuts and grazes.

For fevers.

For removing splinters.

Remember that your local chemist can give you advice about medicines.