What medicines to keep at home

medicineboxMinor illnesses and accidents can happen at any time so it is worth being prepared.  It makes sense to keep some first aid and simple remedies to treat minor illnesses and accidents in a safe place in the house.  Here are some medicines that you should have a stock of in your home.  Do not ask your GP for these because GPs can only given medicines for when you have an illness and not on a ‘just in case something happens’ basis.  .  Buy them from your local pharmacist.  Most of them don’t cost very much.  And remember – keep medicines out of the reach of infants, toddlers and children.

  • Paracetamol for children (like Calpol)
  • Paracetamol for adults (usually tablets)
  • Indigestion liquid (like Gaviscon liquid, Milk of Magnesia) or tablets (like Gaviscon tablets, Settlers).
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher (for those hot sunny days).
  • Sunburn treatment (like Calamine).
  • Tweezers, Sharp scissors
  • Thermometer (preferably the forehead type for children)
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and assorted dressings.

Remember

  • Always read the instructions that come with medication and use the suggested dose.
  • Watch for expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date.
  • Keep the medicines in a secure box in a locked place, out of the reach of small children.

 

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