Medications to keep handy

You may want to consider keeping a small supply of an appropriate self-medication treatment at home for your child - these are all available from your local pharmacy.



Pain or fever

Paracetamol or ibuprofen*. Available in effervescent tablet, powder and liquid form in child formulations and suitable for a wide range of aches and pains. They also have a fever reducing (anti pyretic) effect

NB: Children under 16 must not be given aspirin except on medical advice
* Ibuprofen should not be given to a child with asthma


Child formulations are available in liquid form to stop a cough (suppressants) or loosen it (expectorants)

Blocked nose

Decongestants for blocked noses are available as sprays, drops, or in a form to rub on the chest or apply to clothes. Combination remedies containing pain relievers and decongestants are available in various formulations

Cuts & grazes

Creams, solutions and ointments for treating minor cuts, grazes, burns insect burns and plasters

NB: Topical hydrocortisone is not recommended for children under 12


Using medications safely means knowing when they're necessary — and when they're not. Always check with your pharmacist and doctor if you're unsure whether symptoms require treatment with medication.

Remember to store all medications including prescriptions and non-prescriptions out of sight and out of reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet. 


Pharmacy Locator

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