Your Child’s Medicine Cabinet Essentials

By Allison O'Connor

Moms, the warmer weather means your kids may be more prone to scrapes, bruises and bug bits.

So, now is the time to take stock of their medicine cabinet to make sure you are prepared for any little emergency. But before you run out and buy a new first aid kit or any items on this list, check and see if you have any of these items already. If you do, make sure the expiration dates are still valid.

1. Tylenol (acetaminophen), Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) – reduces fever and relieves minor aches and pains, including ear aches and muscle pains.

2. Antibiotic ointments  and hydrocortisone creams-  Neosporin should be a staple even in your medicine chest. It works wonders on scrapes and cuts and doesn’t sting. And an over the counter hydrocortisone cream will soothe and stop the itching from bug bites, rashes, sunburn and even poison ivy.

3. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) – with bee and allergy season just beginning, make sure you have a new bottle of Benadryl on hand. Also, if you are traveling to the ocean, bring a bottle with you. Spring and summer is also jelly fish season in many areas.

4. Pepto Bismol, chewable antacid and/or Emetrol – because stomach ailments can come in different forms, it’s best to have both an antacid and anti-nausea medicine in your medicine cabinet.

5. Tweezers – this tool has a myriad of uses for both you and your kids, including removing splinters and ticks.

6. Digital thermometer – doctors agree this is the most accurate way to monitor your child’s temperature. But if you are buying a new thermometer, make sure you also buy extra batteries. Any mom that has reached for her thermometer at 3 a.m. only to find the batteries were dead will forever keep a spare pack in the house.

7. Bandages – little ones, big ones, medium ones. Bandages come in all shapes and sizes and so do booboos. So keep a variety of bandages in your child’s medicine cabinet including water proof bandages, gauzy bandages and ace bandages. I also recommend cold and hot pack bandages for minor muscle aches.

8. Sunscreen – skin experts recommend a waterproof suncreen that is at least SPF50. If your child has sensitive skin, make sure to choose one that is PABA free and contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, since they can be less irritating than avobenzone, a common sunscreen ingredient.

9. Alcohol wipes – rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean and disinfect cuts and scrapes is an essential item. It’s a good idea to keep a bag of cotton balls and Q-tips around too.

10. Saline solution – not only may you need to borrow some to store your contact lenses, but this versatile solution makes for a quick and convenient eyewash.

Other household items to have on hand:

  • Honey and apple cider vinegar. All you need is a ½ teaspoon of each and your child’s cough will instantly disappear. Plus, it tastes a heck of a lot better than any over the counter cough medicine.
  • Gatorade or Pedialyte. Just in case the stomach flu hits or your child becomes dehydrated from too much fun in the sun.

Okay moms, what did we leave out? Tell us what your top ten medicine cabinet must-haves are. Leave a comment below.

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