12 Things All Moms Need in Their Medicine Cabinet (PHOTOS)

Maressa Brown | May 15, 2014 Big Kid
12 Things All Moms Need in Their Medicine Cabinet (PHOTOS)

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No matter how old kids are, moms want to ensure their little ones are happy and healthy. From time to time, an ugly cold or nasty scrape is bound to rear its ugly head. That's why it pays for all moms to keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

Here, the 12 items every parent should have at the ready ... 

What do you always make sure to keep on hand in your medicine cabinet?

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  • 1. Ibuprofen


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    Dr. Dyan Hes, M.D., medical director of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York, recommends keeping ibuprofen on hand in case of a fever. Studies show ibuprofen is more effective at normalizing temperature than acetaminophen, although both are good choices. A word of caution, however: "Avoid ibuprofen if your child had stomach upset or vomiting, as it may exacerbate it," notes Dr. Hes.

  • 2. Acetaminophen


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    For pain relief and fever reduction, you can also opt for acetaminophen. Like ibuprofen, acetaminophen is available in chewable tablet form. "Acetaminophen also comes in suppositories if your child has vomiting and cannot keep the oral medicine down," Dr. Hes notes.

  • 3. Triple antibiotic ointment


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    Dr. Hes recommends keeping triple antibiotic ointment or Bacitracin on hand for minor cuts and scrapes.

  • 4. Adhesive bandages


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    "Adhesive bandages in all shapes and sizes," recommends Dr. Hes. "Buy some waterproof ones, too, as those are good for pool days. Just make sure you change the bandages regularly. The waterproof ones tend to keep the wounds so dry that sometimes they do not get any air under the bandage."

  • 5. Sunblock


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    Days spent playing outdoors any time of year call for this staple. "Try to buy something that says hypoallergenic and PABA free," advises Dr. Hes. "I recommend the stick sunscreens for the face, so the cream or lotion does not bleed into your child’s eyes."

  • 6. Topical ointment


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    Because itchy, uncomfortable dry skin or rashes can strike at any time, Dr. Hes advises having either Vaseline or Aquaphor at the ready. "They are both great to applied on chapped lips," she says.

  • 7. Safety cotton swabs


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    Dr. Hes notes safety cotton swabs (like Q-Tips) are best for kids' ears because "they don't push earwax in too far or damage the ear canal." She advises just cleaning the outside of the ear canal, where you can see the wax.

  • 8. Cough syrup


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    Guaifenesin (brand names Robitussin and Mucinex) can be a handy cough expectorant to "help bring up the phlegm during an infection," explains Dr. Hes. Though it's only to be used under the guidance of your pediatrician.

  • 9. Allergy medicine


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    When allergy season strikes and your child is sneezing up a storm, you may want to reach for diphenhydramine (brand name Benadryl). It comes in both liquid and chewable forms.

  • 10. Hydrocortisone cream


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    "Hydrocortisone 1 percent cream is great for itchy insect bites or mild eczema," notes Dr. Hes. She advises using sparingly twice a day for no longer than one week, as it can cause lightening of the skin with prolonged use.

  • 11. Hydrogen peroxide


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    All-natural hydrogen peroxide -- a germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen -- is useful for cleaning out minor cuts and scrapes, notes Dr. Hes.


  • 12. Chewable antacids


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    Dr. Hes recommends chewable antiacids (such as Tums Kids), which are helpful in a pinch for upset stomachs.

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