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The Family Medicine Chest

Quality tends to cost money, but the most expensive is not always the best or most appropriate. The same applies with medicines. The same remedy is often on sale under different brand names. The effect is the same yet the price can differ enormously. for this reason your doctor may prescribe a 'type' of medicine rather than a particular brand. Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a description of their use. 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 reach of children.

Soluble Aspirin Tablets:
For adults and older children over 12 years. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.

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 Rubs:
For steam inhalations. Also useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs. Rub on the chest and nose.

Antiseptic Solutions:
One teaspoon diluted in warm water for cleaning cuts and grazes.

Calamine Lotion:
For dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites &stings and sunburn.

Dressing Strips:
For Minor Cuts.

3" Wide Crepe Bandages:
To keep dressings in place. to support sprained or bruised joints.

Cotton Wool:
For cleaning cuts and grazes.

For measuring fevers.

For removing splinters.

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