You should be able to look after yourself without the need for professional help if you have a cough, sore throat, hangover or minor graze (such as a scraped knee).
A well stocked medical cabinet can help you to deal with minor accidents and injuries at home. A basic first aid kit should contain:
- plasters, triangular bandage and two sterile eye dressings
- small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
- safety pins
- disposable sterile gloves
- tweezers, scissors and sticky tape
- alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- thermometer, preferably digital
- skin rash cream such as hydrocortisone or calendula
- cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings and antiseptic cream
- painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16) or ibuprofen cough medicine
- Distilled water, for cleaning wounds and as an eye bath
Cough and flu remedies are good at relieving symptoms and can help you feel better. Speak to your pharmacist who can recommend the best remedy for you and your family.
With any medicine you have at home, be careful and make sure they are safely stored according to their labels and are within their use-by dates.
Keep your medicines safe from little ones at all times by locking your medical cabinet. Some medicines can be harmful to children, so be aware of the doses you are giving.
Click here to view our guide for parents of children aged 0-4.
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