Well, with the kids officially back to school, now we can look forward to cold and flu season. Along with fevers and runny noses, the long list of mini injuries such as scrapes, bruises, bites, burns, itches and allergies requires a well stocked medicine cabinet. This is a great time to give your medical supplies a check up and make sure you have the tools to tools on hand to treat any ailment. Medicine, both prescription and over the counter, have expiration dates so be sure to check and toss anything that has expired. You may want to buy over the counter medicine on an as needed basis to avoid waste and save space. Be prepared for any type of emergency by keeping the following items on hand.
Adhesive Tape and gauze pads, butterfly bandages
Band Aid Variety Pack - Bonus Points for cheeky patterns
Cold Pack / Boo Boo Buddy
Bandage Shears / small scissors
Tweezers - Splinters
Neosporin or other antibiotic ointment
Essential Oils - Tea tree, chamomile, eucalyptus, peppermint
Alcohol - Sterilize and prevent infection
Hydrogen Peroxide - Disinfectant
Epsom Salt - Soothing baths
Apple Cider Vinegar - Multiple uses including relief from sunburn and Poison Ivy
Coconut Oil - Soothes burns, antibacterial, sunscreen, bug repellant
Benadryl / Antihistamine
Saline Solution - Eye care and Nasal Rinse
Calamine Lotion - Sunburn, rashes, insect bites and stings
Hydrocortisone Cream - Itching
Neti Pot - Stuffy nose
Hot Water Bottle - Soothe sore muscles
Thermometer - Fever check
Rub on Painkiller for teething such as Orajel, teething tablets for tots.
Pedialyte - Stomach flu or dehydration
You can choose to purchase a complete first aid kit and there are many options depending on how much you want to spend. A basic kit from Red Cross runs about $29.00. For a bit more investment, $58.00 will get you the Best Made Metal First Aid Kit. For the Mack Daddy of them all, Dual Jet Pack Bag will cover all your needs for a mere $399.00, worth it if you have an accident prone family.