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Family first aid box

Family first aid box

Here is a list of useful items to keep in the family first aid box.

  • Store medicines safely in a box or cupboard with a lock.
  • Keep them out of the reach of children.
  • For any specific advice on medicines ask your pharmacist.

Ibuprofen is a useful analgesic for those suffering with earache, toothache, muscle ache. There is a liquid preparation for children. Always read the label.

Paracetamol is a useful medication for the treatment of colds, flu, headaches and muscle aches.
Paracetamol syrup is available for younger children. Always read the directions on the bottle before taking the medication.

Cough mixtures:
For most coughs, cough mixtures are on the whole probably no more effective than warm drinks of honey and lemon or Ribena.

Antiseptic solution:
Can be useful for cleaning cuts and grazes.

Vapour rub:
For inhalation in coughs and colds. Useful for children with stuffy noses and dry coughs. Not suitable for children under 4 months old.

Dioralyte sachets:
Use to rehydrate children if they have diarrhoea or vomiting.

Calamine creme:
Useful for irritating rashes, stings and sunburn. Dab on with cotton wool.

Dressings & other equipment:
Crepe bandages, plasters, cotton wool and adherent surgical tape for cuts, sprains and bruises.


Thermometer – for fevers

Tweezers – useful for splinters

Always consult a pharmacist or your doctor if you have any queries regarding medication and their uses. Always read the label on medication.

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