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Have these supplies on hand to treat minor ailments and to save yourself a late-night dash to the drugstore. Keep separate medications for each symptom so you don’t inadvertently double-dose your child on any active ingredients and always use Infant and Children-Strength formulas and follow directions. Always consult your pediatrician before giving your child any medication.

For Pain, Headaches, and Fevers

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin)
  • Thermometer
  • Teething Gel

For Congestion, Colds, and Coughs

  • Cough medicine
  • Saline Nose Drops
  • Decongestant (Sudafed or Dristan)
  • Throat lozenges

For Allergies and Itching

  • Antihistamine (Benadryl)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Calamine lotion
  • Eyedrops

For Digestive Issues

  • Antacids (in tablet or liquid form)
  • Anti-diarrheal treatment
  • Pedialyte
  • Laxatives

For Cuts and Burns

  • Gauze, bandages, and medical tape
  • Antiseptic  (hydrogen peroxide)
  • Antibiotic ointment for preventing infections from wounds
  • Aloe vera gel


  • Sunscreen
  • Antifungal creams

Having the right supplies and over-the-counter medicines on hand for fevers or scrapes is a good health measure. But you should also make sure you regularly check the expiration dates of any drugs and supplies you use to make sure they’re still safe to use.


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