From bug bites and sunburns to surprise rashes and fevers, parents need to be prepared for anything. Daily Momtivity recommends you keep the following items stocked in your medicine cabinet at all times. (Also, check out our post with tons of Mom Remedies to help out your little ones and our tips on Surviving the Stomach Flu!)
Cortisone Cream: This works great for bug bites! Some people stand by certain home remedies or Calamine lotion. I choose Cortisone because it is handy for any kind of itch and small enough in size to keep in my purse or diaper bag.
Neosporin: Cuts and scrapes will happen, and neosporin will support the healing process.
Band-Aids: Of course! I like to purchase the box with various sizes included.
Fever Reducer/Pain Reliever: A fever usually comes as a surprise, and doesn’t it always seem to hit during the night? Be sure to have a full bottle of Tylenol and/or Motrin at all times (Infants or Children’s formula, of course).
Children’s Benadryl (liquid and lotion form): You never know when your child may eat something or come in contact with something that causes a mild allergic reaction. (Severe reactions which cause swelling or difficulty breathing warrant a call to 911. This article is referring only to mild reactions, such as a small rash.) Recently my daughter woke up during the night itching and itching all over her legs, tummy and neck. Upon ruling out chicken pox and several other possibilities, we determined it was a case of hives (cause unknown) and gave her a dose of liquid Children’s Benadryl. I also rubbed Benadryl anti-itch cream on the affected areas. The cream worked very quickly to stop the itching, and the liquid cured the hives within the hour.
Nasal Aspirator Bulb: I am a huge fan of the nasal aspirator for babies and toddlers. It can be a challenge to get them to sit still for it, but if you’re successful you can relieve their runny/stuffy nose.
Humidifer: Since we can’t give babies or toddlers any cough or cold medicine, about the only thing you can do when they have congestion is run a humidifier, use the nasal aspirator or incline their mattress a bit so their passages can drain properly. Warm or cool air humidifiers are great.
Ipecac: Hopefully you will never need this, but it’s important to have on-hand should your child swallow something poisonous (and make a call to the Poison Control Center ASAP 1-800-222-1222).
Thermometer: I finally invested in a temporal artery thermometer (the kind you swipe across the forehead). It is worth every penny!! It’s so easy and you can even do it while they’re sleeping. I also keep a traditional digital thermometer around as well, because they still recommend rectal temp readings for babies.
Vitamin Water: When I was a kid, if I was stomach sick, my Mom gave me 7-Up to replenish my electrolytes. Today we have better options that are not so sugary! I keep a couple of bottles of Vitamin Water Zero Revive in the pantry. It’s more economical than Pedialyte and contains zero sugar, no dyes, and loads of vitamins such as C, B12 and electrolytes.
Hydrogen Peroxide or Rubbing Alcohol Wipes: Of course you should clean cuts or scrapes with a disinfectant (but some say that simple soap and water is sufficient.)
Robitussin or Mucinex: Now that my girls are a little older, if they have a serious congested cough, I’ll give them a little Children’s Robitussin or Children’s Mucinex to reduce the phlegm and help them sleep better.
Hopefully coughs, colds, cuts and scrapes are few and far between in your household, but it’s always good to be prepared.
What medicine cabinet must-haves would you add to our list? Leave us a comment with your suggestions.
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