The Family Medicine Box

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.

Soluble Aspirin Tablets:

For adults and older children. 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. Rub on the chest and nose.

Vapour Rub

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

Ephredrine Nose Drops.

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

Antiseptic Solution

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 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.