Stocking the Medicine Cabinet

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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.

Spare toothbrush

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.