Festive health check: Your medicine cabinet essentials

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WITH GP surgeries closed, the kids off school, and adventurous cooking underway - Christmas is a time when a fully stocked medicine cabinet is a must.

Superdrug has created the ultimate health kit to ensure family and friends are safe and prepared for any eventuality, with top 10 tips for refreshing your medicine cabinet to ensure you aren’t caught out ahead of the festive period.

Top 5 tips from Superdrug:

1 - Check expiry dates and dispose of out of date products in the correct way: not to be disposed with normal waste, medicines need to be taken out of packaging and mixed with something like cat litter or returned to a pharmacy for proper disposal.

2 - Check dosage and age recommendations and give medicines accordingly.

3 - Make sure medicine is stored in the right place. It should be kept in a cool, dry area, and away from sight and reach of children.

4 - Check the packaging and labels of all liquid medicines and do not keep for longer than suggested once opened - it’s always handy to have a sharpie pen to write the date of first use .

5 - Make sure you throw out any first aid items such as plasters if the seal has been broken.

Here are the top 10 must-haves for any medicine cupboard:

1. Cold and flu products: First Defence to help fight illness early and Day & Night capsules to alleviate cold and flu symptoms.

2. Vitamin C: supplements to help boost your immune system.

3. Cough Syrup: It’s good to have a selection cough remedies so you’re prepared for each type of cough in the early stages.

4. Painkillers: Paracetamol and anti-inflammatory for sore heads or aches and pains.

5. Tummy settlers.

6. Thermometer.

7. Antihistamine tablets.

8. Plasters.

9. Antiseptic cream.

10. Bandages.