Christmas holidays are fast approaching so do not forget to refresh your medicine cabinet in preparation for the break. You may wish to consider the following list of useful items to keep at home. All items are fairly inexpensive and worth stocking in readiness for minor illnesses.
Please be aware that there will be changes to your local medical centre opening times over the festive period, therefore, it is important to have to hand some of the medication you may require. We recommend that you review your medicine cabinet at least twice a year. As you pick out each item, check the expiry date, as medicines may ‘go off’ over time.
Remember: Keep medicines in a box, cabinet or cupboard with a lock and store them well out of reach of children!
First Aid Kit. This should contain:
Plasters in a variety of shapes and sizes
Medical sticky tape
Crepe (stretchy bandages)
Thermometers - it is no longer recommended to use a glass mercury thermometer, your local Chemist will sell strips of digital thermometers for you to purchase.
Tweezers – these are the best way of removing splinters and ticks, but they should never be used to remove foreign objects from the nose, ears or eyes. This job is best left to a trained medical professional.
Paracetamol and Ibuprofen: for adults and children over 16 years old. Good for headaches, colds, sore throats and painful bruises.
Paracetamol and Ibuprofen Suspension (liquid form): for the relief of pain or fever in young children.
‘Over the counter’ cough medicines: there is no good evidence on the effectiveness of ‘over the counter’ cough medicines; so their use is not recommended. However, they are available for purchase andcan be used at your discretion. “Warning; most cough medicines should not be used for children under 6 years old, check packaging for further information”
Vapour Rub: for steam inhalations or to rub onto chest or nose. Useful for children with stuffy noses or dry coughs.
Antiseptic cream: for treating spots, sores and grazes.
Calamine Lotion: for dabbing (not rubbing) on insect bites, stings and sunburn.
You may also want to buy an antacid (such as Gaviscon), anti-diarrhoea (Immodium) and laxatives (such as Sennokot) usually available from the NAAFI.