Medicine Cabinet

Keeping these essentials in your medicine cabinet will help prepare you for the most common childhood illnesses and minor injuries:

  • • Thermometer (digital rectal for infants under 6 months)
  • •Follow this link for information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to accurately take a child’s temperature: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/fever/Pages/How-to-Take-a-Childs-Temperature.aspx
  • • Medicine syringe or spoon with accurate measurements for age-appropriate dosing
  • • Bandages in a variety of sizes
  • • Betadine or Epsom Salts
  • • Ice pack
  • • Cool mist humidifier
  • • Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen in the age-appropriate form
  • • Antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for allergic reactions, hives, etc.
  • • Age appropriate cold and cough medications
  • • OTC triple antibiotic ointment
  • • OTC 1% hydrocortisone cream (anti-itch cream)
  • • Petroleum jelly

For infants

  • • Nasal saline and suction bulb
  • • Diaper cream