THE WELL DRESSED MEDICINE CABINET
We suggest that you keep the following supplies in your medicine cabinet. Please remember to keep these products out of the reach of children.
- Poison Control phone number 1-800-222-1222
- First Aid Kit
- Advil or Motrin
- Saline Drops
- Hydrocortisone Cream
- Antibiotic Ointment (i.e. Neosporin)
- Petroleum Jelly
- Triple Paste Diaper Cream
- Cornstarch Powder
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Thermometer – preferably one that can measure rectal and oral temperature. No ear thermometer please!
- Bulb Syringe
- Medication Syringe (5cc = 1 Teaspoon)
- Cotton Balls
- Adhesive Tape
We also recommend that you have Tot Finders on each child’s windows and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
COMMONLY USED MEDICATIONS
For every ten pounds of body weight, a child may receive 1.25cc of Children’s Tylenol three times a day as needed.
ADVIL or MOTRIN (Ibuprofen)
For every eleven pounds of body weight, a child may receive twenty-five (25) to fifty (50) mg of medicine every six hours as needed.
TRIAMINIC NIGHT, DIMETAPP, & PEDIACARE (or generic)
We do not recommend the use of cough and cold preparations for children under two years old. There is no proof from studies that these medications work in the young child. The very young tend to experience more of the side effects (sleepiness, fussiness, etc.) rather than the benefits of the medication.
Six to twelve years: Two (2) to four (4) teaspoons every six to eight hours as needed.
Twelve years: adult dose