Don’t Forget the Medicine Cabinet
With kids in the house, you should have these items. Make sure they're not expired!
Kids Multivitamins: Many products, like Flintstones vitamins, are made to appeal to children. Make sure they understand why these are not candy and why they should never take more than the recommended dose daily with plenty of water.
Tylenol (acetaminophen): This safe, aspirin-free pain reliever should be in your medicine cabinet to address fever, aches and pains due to colds or the flu. Let your kids select the flavors and talk to them about how they can only take the recommended dosage for their weight and age.
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Most commonly used to treat allergic reactions and allergies, it can also be used when a child has a localized skin irritation or itch, to lessen cough, runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes/nose/throat due to common cold, or to prevent nausea, vomiting or dizziness. Again, talk to your kids about how it’s used and the dosages.
Neosporin Ointment (polymyxin B, neomycin and bacitracin): In addition to bandages, have this triple antibiotic around to prevent bacterial infection and the formation of scars. Take this opportunity to talk to your kids about infections and how to take care of wounds.
Children’s Pepto Antacid: Select chewable tablets to ease their upset stomachs due to indigestion or heartburn. They should never take the adult version. Talk to kids about good eating habits to prevent sour stomach.
Thermometer: Do you have the right thermometer for your kids’ ages? There are many options that do not contain mercury. This is an opportunity to explain temperature and types of measurement to your kids!