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sally carr
891453.  Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:04 pm Reply with quote

Apparently there is a shortage of gripe water due to some concerns about the product licence (Euroglitch probably). This set me thinking about some of the medicines that used to be available when I was younger, that have since been declared unsafe.
J Collis Brown's mixture for the trots, camphorated oil for a wheezy chest and yellow iodine for cuts and scrapes.
Any more?

Spud McLaren
891458.  Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:15 pm Reply with quote

Haven't seen Phosphorene [sp?] tablets for quite a while. Just as well, really. I'd have eaten them like sweets if I'd been allowed.

sally carr
891461.  Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:40 pm Reply with quote

What were they for?

891477.  Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:10 pm Reply with quote

Bloody hell - I can remember Gripe Water. There are also vague memories of National Orange Juice, Cod Liver Oil and Malt.

891484.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:35 am Reply with quote

The horrible one I remember was, Fluoride mouthwash . I remember everyone sitting at their desks in primary school early 70s,swirling this horrible concoction around your teeth and then spitting in a bucket. This lasted approx two minutes and was HORRIBLE (I still shudder at the thought 40 years later).

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891485.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:36 am Reply with quote

Witch Hazel and White Horse Embrocation Oil!!

891491.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:27 am Reply with quote

Gibb's Dentifrice
It was an abrasive powder for taking the enamel off your teeth.
Beecham's Pills
Harmless, but without which we would not have had Sir Thomas Beecham.

891539.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:07 am Reply with quote

When my children were tiny, I believe gripe water still had alcohol in it. Explains a lot.

891543.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:11 am Reply with quote

About children raised after they removed it?

891544.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:12 am Reply with quote

Well they may be more sober!

sally carr
891551.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:27 am Reply with quote

Virol - thick brown gloop that stuck to the roof of your mouth like glue.

891575.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:02 am Reply with quote

My brother and his other half still use gripe water for my niece.

891583.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:15 am Reply with quote

My mother always said catnip tea was just the thing for colicky babies. Didn't seem to do me any harm.

891591.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:47 am Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
Well they may be more sober!

My brother cried constantly so one night my father said I'll look after him [1] you go to Margaret's (Margaret Ski mum's best pal and my god mother)(as my mum was getting really stressed and it was affecting her health) when she came back brother was contentedly sleeping when he did awake dad "shooshed" him back to sleep . Dad was telling mum it must just be his superior child minding skills.
Mum didn't find out till years later he had been dipping my brothers dummie (pacifier) in a milk/brandy mix my brother wasn't being peaceful he was pie-eyed.

[1] This was 1961 no equality in those days the woman did ALL the child care the fact that my mum also had a couple of jobs didn't seem to enter my father's consciousness.

891597.  Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:59 am Reply with quote

Gripe Water was based on the Victorian era baby pacifier; gin and bicarb.


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