First aid kit and medicine cabinet must-haves

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Avoid a late-night or last-minute run to the pharmacy or market by keeping a well-stocked first aid kid and medicine cabinet. Here’s a handy list you can print and take with you when you stock up (as always, consult with your doctor to find the right solution for your family’s needs).

For general first aid:
  1. Ace bandage
  2. Aloe Vera gel
  3. Antibacterial ointment
  4. Bandages in assorted sizes
  5. Burn cream
  6. Cotton balls
  7. Cotton-tipped swabs
  8. Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream
  9. Large, sterile gauze pads
  10. Medical tapeRubbing alcohol
  11. Peroxide
  12. Reusable cold packs
  13. Reusable heat packs
  14. Sanitizing wipes or hand sanitizer gel
  15. Saline solution (for use as eye wash)
  16. Sharp Scissors
  17. Tweezers

For babies and toddlers:
  1. Baby acetaminophen drops (Tylenol or generic equivalent)
  2. Baby ibuprofen drops (Advil or generic equivalent)
  3. Baby teething gel (Ambusol or similar)
  4. Diaper rash cream (medicated or unmedicated)
  5. Nail clippers
  6. Pedialite or other electrolyte solution (to prevent dehydration)
  7. Saline nose spray or drops
  8. Suction bulb
  9. Thermometer (temporal or rectal)

For children ages 2 to 12:
  1. Analgesic throat spray (Chloroseptic or similar)
  2. Child-formula acetaminophen
  3. Child-formula antihistamine
  4. Child-formula cough suppressant and/or expectorant
  5. Child-formula decongestant
  6. Child-formula ibuprofen 
  7. Cough drops (for older children)
  8. Mentholated rub (Vicks or similar)
  9. Syringes for dispensing liquid medication
  10. Thermometer (temporal or oral)

For adults and children over age 12:
  1. Acetaminophen
  2. Analgesic throat spray (Chloroseptic or similar)
  3. Antacid tablets
  4. Anti-diarrhea medicine
  5. Antihistamine
  6. Bismuth tablets (Pepto Bismol or similar)
  7. Cough Drops
  8. Cough suppressant and/or expectorant
  9. Decongestant
  10. Ibuprofen
  11. Mentholated Rub
  12. Night time cold-cough-flu medicine (Nyquil or similar)

Natural remedies:
  1. Eucalyptus oil
  2. Garlic (fresh)
  3. Ginger (fresh)
  4. Hard candies or lollipops
  5. Honey
  6. Lemon juice
  7. Oil of oregano
  8. Reusable or single-use heat packs
  9. Reusable cold packsSalt (for salt-water gargle)
  10. Tea Tree oil
  11. Zinc lozenges


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