During the winter months, it is always helpful to keep a well-prepared medicines cupboard, to support with self-care for common health problems.
Some essential medicines and products you should keep at home are:
- Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.
- Anti-diarrhoea medicines.
- Oral rehydration salts.
- Indigestion treatment.
- First aid kit including plasters, bandages and a thermometer.
In the below video, local Community Pharmacist, Mary Oaiya talks more about what medicines parents should always keep a stock of, to help tackle some of the common childhood health problems that surface around winter.
When keeping medicines at home, remember:
Always follow the directions on medicine packets and information leaflets, and never take more than the stated dose.
Always keep medicines out of sight and reach of children – a high, lockable cupboard in a cool, dry place is ideal.
Check the expiry dates on medicines – do not use a medicine that’s past its use-by date; take it to a pharmacy, where it can be disposed of safely.
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