Family Medicine Chest

Here is a list of useful medicines and dressings with a description of their uses.
All are quite inexpensive 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, and always read the label. If in doubt speak with your local pharmacist.


Suspension For relief of pain or fever in young children.

Ibuprofen syrup

For relief of pain or fever in young children

Paracetamol Tablets

For relief of pain or fever in adults.

Ibuprofen Tablets

Good for headaches, colds sore throats and painful bruises

Antihistamine e.g. Cetirizine/Loratadine

Good for insect bites, hay fever and allergies

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 and 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 pharmacist can give you advice about medicines and minor ailments.