As any parent knows, when your little one is sick, you want to do anything you can to help them feel better. However, since kids can come down with symptoms fairly quickly, it’s important to be prepared to combat an impending illness as soon as possible. We sat down with one of our Houston-area providers, Dr. Phuong Luu to discuss the top ten items that parents should have in their medicine cabinet at all times.
1. Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen
Have both on hand to alternate every four hours for fever or pain. Use ibuprofen with food to prevent upset stomachs. Check with your doctor for a weight appropriate dosage.
2. Dye-free oral Benadryl
This is good for treating occasional allergies or rashes.
3. Hydrocortisone cream
This helps with itching, rashes, insect bites, and even mild cases of eczema.
4. Triple antibiotic ointment or Neosporin
This is good for minor cuts to prevent skin infections, and it helps the wound heal faster.
5. Digital thermometer
It’s a good idea to keep two in the house to compare the accuracy of measurements.
6. Saline drops
These are helpful for dry noses, congestion, and suctioning.
7. Nasal aspirator
The Nose Frida works great for getting mucous out of a child’s nose, and prevents postnasal drainage and minimizes coughing.
8. Vaseline or Aquaphor
This is a nice barrier to prevent diaper rashes. It is also good for moisturizing dry skin, and a variety of other things.
9. Clotrimazole cream
This is great for treating yeasty diaper rashes if your typical diaper rash cream fails.
10. Pedialyte powder packets
These are ready to mix into water when needed for dehydration or acute vomiting.
What do you like to keep on hand in your medicine cabinet to treat minor illnesses? Let us know!