March 13, 2013

The Well-Stocked Family Medicine Cabinet

For Pain

Aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen - adult & pediatric doses

For Coughs & Colds

Decongestants, cough medicines, throat lozenges & cough drops – adult & pediatric doses.  Nasal aspirator bulb for the little ones.  DON’T forget the Vick’s vaporub!

For Allergies (seasonal and otherwise)

Antihistamines and eye drops.  Saline nasal sprays, as well, if that’s your thing.

For Tummy Troubles

Tums, Rolaids, Maalox, Mylanta, Immodium, Pepto Bismal, Metamucil and possibly a stool softener.  For the children, I recommend keeping some Pedialyte in the pantry, in case of dehydration.

For Skin Issues

Calamine lotion and cortisone cream.  Also, can’t hurt to keep an aloe plant in your home for burns.

For Boo-Boos

Neosporin, band-aids (a lot – all shapes, sizes and characters), gauze and medical tape.  Possibly the squeeze and break ice packs, should you have room, otherwise keep the reusable type in your freezer.


Sunscreen, eyewash kit and antifungal cream.


Alcohol, peroxide, small scissors, tweezers, Vaseline, thermometer, cotton balls & swabs, magnifying glass and dosage cups & spoons.

Just a little PSA (public service announcement) from me to you.  We tend to reevaluate and restock our meds & supplies this time of year.  You never want to be out of something when you need it the most.

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