8 Items Every Medicine Cabinet Should Have

Deciding what you should stock in your medicine cabinet can be a daunting task. Whether you have a pounding headache in the middle of the day or a nasty case of indigestion in the early hours of the morning, you’ll be grateful for a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Eight essential items you should stock in your medicine cabinet are listed below.

1: Emergency Contact Phone Numbers 

You probably have the number to Poison Control, or your child’s pediatrician somewhere around the house, but how long will it take to find in an emergency. To be prepared for any emergency, it’s important to place these numbers in an easy to remember location. There’s no better place than the inside of a medicine cabinet cupboard.

2: Acetaminophen and NSAIDs 

Did you know Tylenol and Ibuprofen treat different ailments? It’s true! Acetaminophen (better known as Tylenol) does much of what Ibuprofen (an NSAID)can do, but is better at relieving fevers. Ibuprofen and similar NSAIDs, such as Aleve and Motrin, are great choices for muscle pain, joint pain, and aches and pains associated with the cold and flu.

3: Aspirin 

Aspirin is a pain reliever just for adults. According to the American Heart Association, taking an aspirin during a heart attack can be beneficial.

4: Antihistamines 

Antihistamines can block or relieve symptoms associated with allergies including hives, watery eyes, and itching. Antihistamines such as Claritin and Benadryl are available in oral and pill forms.

5: Cold and Flu Relief 

The last thing you want to do when you’re feeling lousy is to leave the house and go to the store to buy medicine. To prevent this, especially if it occurs in the middle of the night, stock cold and flu relief in your medicine cabinet. Examples of col and flu relief you should consider include decongestants, cough suppressants, and nasal sprays.

6: Antacids 

Whether you’re prone to heartburn and indigestion or not, there’s nothing worse than trying to function when this is happening. To reduce discomfort, and get you feeling better right away, take an antacid as soon as you experience symptoms.

7: Bandages 

Some usual scrapes and burns might not require a bandage, but deep cuts and those that may be exposed to dirt and grime should be covered. In case of deep or large cuts, it’s a good idea to have sterile tape and gauze on hand too.

8: Thermometer

If you have young kids in your house, you probably have a thermometer at home. But, if you don’t, you might not. No matter how old you are, you should have a thermometer at home. Being able to obtain an accurate temperature reading can let you know when it’s time to go to the doctor and knowing how high and how long the fever has lasted can help your doctor prescribe the right medications.

It’s worth noting that the items listed above won’t help if they’re expired. Take an inventory of your items every three months, so you have what you need when you need it.

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