A medicine cabinet is a must in
every home. It is of great help during emergencies and unexpected
happenings. Read about the medicines and implements that your medicine
cabinet should have.
Your toddler is a bundle of energy. You can barely keep up with him as he runs about the house. With all his antics, falling down
is nothing new for him. Most of the time, he gets back up on his feet.
Sometimes though, a fall will result in cuts and bruises.
For minor wounds, your medicine cabinet
should be sufficient to treat him. However, most medicine cabinets are
poorly equipped even when it comes to basic necessities. To avoid being
caught unawares, here is a list of what a simple medicine cabinet needs:
Antibiotic ointment: A small tube of antibiotic ointment is necessary to treat minor cuts and scrapes. When your child is hurt, simply dab on a little ointment to speed up the healing process.
If the nozzle of the tube touches a cut filled with pus though, throw
away the tube. Otherwise, you run the risk of passing on the infection
Alcohol wipes: Alcohol is primarily used to clean the skin around wounds. It is also used to sterilise thermometers and other equipment. Earlier, people would keep a small bottle of rubbing alcohol for this purpose. The downside is that rubbing alcohol is poisonous if ingested. In addition, one has to prevent the contamination of alcohol. Alcohol wipes are more convenient since you can use a single wipe and throw it away when you are finished.
Thermometer: A thermometer is essential for all those times your child is running a fever. Thermometers
are of different types. Babies and young children give more accurate
readings on a rectal thermometer. For older children and adults, an
oral thermometer is fine. Digitalthermometers are preferred to the
traditional mercury ones. Mercury is poisonous and can become an
environmental and health hazard if the thermometer happens to break.
Cortisone cream: Cortisone cream is an anti-itch agent.
It is largely applied to skin to combat rashes. The cream may
occasionally be used to relieve the symptoms associated with insect bites.
The cream is only to be applied topically and must not be applied to
the face region for young children. This is to minimise the chances of
them licking the cream off.
Nasal aspirator: A nasal aspirator is a small bulb-like
syringe. This instrument is used to clear baby's and young children's
nostrils when they have a cold. Gentle pressure should be enough to
clear the nostrils. Too much force can damage the delicate tissues in
the nose. Another useful way of clearing a blocked nose is to use
saline nose drops. These are gentle and can be used for minor
Cotton swabs: Cotton swabs are primarily used to clean wounds
and apply medication on them. This prevents direct contact between the
skin and wound, which minimises the risk of infection. Their disposable
nature makes it possible to discard them after use. For a baby, sterile
cotton balls are necessary to clean the area around the eyes.
Tweezers: This item is often overlooked in a medicine cabinet. A small pair of tweezers is necessary for removing splinters
and other foreign objects from your child's hands and feet. Tweezers
are also useful for removing insects like ticks from your child's body.
Bandages: Bandages are a staple of any medicine cabinet.
For small cuts and scrapes, band-aids are all you need. Young children
may prefer specially made band-aids with their favourite cartoon
characters on it to the plain variety. In addition, you will also
require gauze pads for injuries that are a bit more serious. When you
apply antibiotic ointment to the wound, you can cover it with a gauze pad. The bandage is usually secured with adhesive tape.
Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet enables you to be prepared. You can then handle basic medical issues on your own, before you take your child to the doctor.
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