Your Home Medicine Cabinet

Your ability to treat minor illnesses safely and effectively at home depends upon what you have at your immediate disposal. Here are some suggestions for what you should have on hand:

  • Thermometer (ear thermometers are not recommended for use in young children)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra, Panadol, Feverall suppository, etc.)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)
  • Antihistamine (Benadryl elixir)
  • Antibacterial ointment (Bacitracin)
  • Hydrocortisone 1% Cream or Ointment
  • Cool mist vaporizer
  • Pedialyte
  • Saltwater nose drops (Ocean, Nasal, etc.)
  • Band-Aids, sterile gauze, surgical tape
  • Rubber suction bulb
  • Sunscreen (not to be used in babies until 2 months of age)
  • Insect repellent- only those containing DEET have been proven effective, but they must NOT be used on infants. Use them only over small exposed areas on older children. And be sure to wash off when you return inside.

Be sure to check all medications for expiration dates!