Home Medicine Cabinet
A well stocked medicine cabinet can help you treat many everyday illnesses at home since minor illnesses or accidents can happen at anytime. It is therefore worthwhile being prepared by keeping some of the following first aid and simple remedies to treat minor complaints and accidents in your own Medical Cabinet –examples include:
- Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma and stomach problems should not take aspirin)
- Paracetamol (e.g. Calpol) or Ibuprofen syrups (or both) for children
- Mild laxatives
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicines (e.g. Imodium)
- Rehydration mixture (e.g. Dioralyte)
- Indigestion remedy (e.g. antacids)
- Travel sickness tablets
- Antihistamine for hay fever and allergies
- Sunscreen - SPF15 or higher
- Sunburn treatment
- Sharp scissors
- Selection of plasters, elastic bandages and dressings
- Non-absorbent cotton wool
- Anti-bacterial washes and/or cream
- Keep the medicine cabinet in a secure, locked place, well out of reach of small children.
- Always read the instructions and use the suggested doses.
- Watch expiry dates - do not keep or use medicines past their sell-by date.
- Take all unwanted and out of date medicines back to the pharmacy for disposal. This stops medicines getting into the water supply and the wrong people getting hold of medicines that have been carelessly thrown away.