Medicine cabinet must-haves
From day one, you’ll want to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet (which can be stored out of reach and is portable) so you can quickly deal with the common ailments that babies and toddlers are prone to, as well as handle the ins and outs of daily childcare.
Here are our must-haves:
A thermometer is essential for checking a child’s temperature. Use a digital or chemical-dot thermometer and take the child’s temperature under the arm, or oral temperature for children able to hold the thermometer under the tongue with closed lips and not bite the thermometer. Try to avoid the old-fashioned mercury thermometers — they are dangerous and can cause toxicity if broken.
Liquid soap is useful for cleaning up scrapes, as well as messy nappy changes when your child has diarrhoea.
Antiseptic ointment helps heal cuts and scrapes and keeps them from becoming infected.
Sterile bandages and you might also include sterile gauze pads to clean up scrapes and stop bleeding.
Tweezers are useful for removing splinters or thorns.
Mini torch or a small flashlight to check ears, nose, throat and eyes.
Gauze and adhesive tape are important for covering larger wounds.
Sunscreen and lip protection should be used on babies six months and older, and in small amounts (on the face and back of the hands) in babies under six months. Look for a high SPF with UVA and UVB protection.
Insect repellent should be used on babies of two months and older.
Ibuprofen eases aches and pain, and can also decrease fevers, inflammation, and swelling.
Nasal aspirator bulb syringe for drawing mucus out of a stuffy nose (not the pointy-ended ear syringe).
Saline-based nasal drops keep the nasal tissues moist and ease congestion by softening mucous so it can drain or be suctioned easily with a bulb syringe.
Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to soothe insect bites, rashes, and sunburn.
A medicine dropper, oral syringe or calibrated spoon or cup to dispense medications. A kitchen teaspoon is not always accurate, so stick with something created specifically for use in medicating.
Hot water bottle or heat pack and an ice/cold pack – these can help to soothe tummy aches, reduce swelling, and cool feverish children.
Store medication wisely Clean out your medicine cabinet and the area where you store medical supplies at least once a year. Discard outdated products, damaged containers, and old supplies. Restock supplies as needed. Keep all items in their original containers so that no one takes the wrong medicine.
What are your go-to first aid items? Let us know in the comments section, or on social media. Are you having trouble administering medicine? Head to Does Your Child Refuse To Take Their Medicine? for more advice.
– Article contributed by easyparenting magazine.