Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Kids' First Aid and Baby Care
You're like the parent version of MacGyver: You like to be prepared for everything and anything at all times. Here's a list of must-have items to make sure your first aid kit or medicine cabinet is up-to-par so you can handle that fever, burn or flu without batting an eye. Way to go, MomGyver!
A non-aspirin pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen (the latter for kids 6 months and older)
Adhesive tape, gauze and scissors
Bandages—with your kid's favorite character on them, of course!
An antiseptic and/or first aid antibiotic ointment.
Cold medicine—consult your doctor before administering cold medication to a young child.
Thermometers. A digital rectal one for baby care; an ear or regular digital one for older kids. (Avoid the old-fashioned mercury kind.)
Rubbing alcohol to clean off thermometers and tweezers
Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream for kids' itchy bites and rashes
Tweezers to get out splinters and ticks
Kid-friendly insect repellent
A medicine dropper, oral syringe, or dosing cup or spoon
for kids with serious allergies
A nasal aspirator for babies and young toddlers
Post the phone numbers for poison control (800-222-1222) and your pediatrician somewhere prominent where everyone will be able to find them.