When you have children, it’s more important than ever to have first aid kit and medical basics on hand at all times. Here are a few things no parent’s medicine cupboard should be without:
 
Children’s paracetamol or ibuprofen liquid pain and fever medication
A digital thermometer
Calamine lotion or a topical anti histamine designed for insect bites (make sure it’s child safe)
Petroleum jelly
Rubbing alcohol or antiseptic liquid to disinfect tweezers, thermometers and other tools
An anti-bacterial lotion or ointment for scrapes and abrasions
Tweezers, safety scissors for nails and ordinary scissors
Child friendly insect repellent and sun screen lotions
A saline solution and a nasal aspirator
Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
Gauze pads and bandages in a variety of sizes
Medical adhesive tape for keeping dressings in place
Swabs and sterile cotton balls
A moisturising cream
Liquid soap that’s mild and gentle
A dropper, medicine spoon or syringe for measuring and administering medicines
Tongue depressors
A heating pad, as well as a hot water bottle and an ice pack
Rehydrating solution sachets
A small torch, to check ears, noses, throats and eyes
A first aid manual (look for one specifically written with children in mind)
 
If your child has been diagnosed with a serious allergy, make sure that you also always have an epinephrine kit in your medicine cupboard, and one that travels with you. You never know when an allergic reaction may strike!

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