Illness and injury strike when you least expect it. Rather than running to the drug store late at night or digging through the cabinets hoping you find something that will work, stock your medicine cabinet with child friendly essentials. Pick up these necessities and keep them on hand.
Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers: Unexpired acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) can be lifesavers for many illnesses. Acetaminophen works to reduce fever and pain. While there are various formulas on the market, children’s concentration is the same formula as the infant version and typically less expensive. In addition to reducing fever and pain, ibuprofen can also soothe swelling. Though its effect lasts longer than acetaminophen, it can irritate many children’s stomachs. Ibuprofen should not be administered to children younger than 6 months.
Allergy Reducers: Also known as Benadryl, diphenhydramine, serves many purposes. The medicine can be administered for mild allergic reactions, seasonal allergies and cold symptoms. Due to its sedative effects, Benadryl should not be given to children younger than 2. Hydrocortisone creams are also great to keep on hand for rashes
Thermometer: Thermometers can help you determine the severity of your child’s illness. There are a variety of thermometers available. When selecting one, be sure you find one that is easy use and read.
Band-Aids and Antiseptic: Hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol, along with Band-Aids and Neosporin are essentials when it comes to cuts and scrapes. After cleaning the wound with an antiseptic, apply an antibiotic treatment to reduce the risk of infection.
In addition to having the essential over the counter medicines and creams on hand, be sure you also have nail clippers, sun screen and other age appropriate necessities on hand. Whether you store your items in a medicine cabinet, linen closet or kitchen cabinet, be sure the items are kept out of the reach of curious hands.
With any medications, it is important that you carefully read and follow all dosing instructions. Check to ensure the medicine is in date and you have checked with your doctor prior to administering any dosage.
When illness or injury strikes, count on NiteOwl Pediatrics to care for your child, even after the pediatrician’s office has closed for the day.