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What You Need in Your Medicine Cabinet

Is your medicine cabinet up to snuff? Every medicine cabinet should be stocked with a few essentials. You will want to have the right items at the ready in case of an emergency.

Here is a checklist to make sure your family has a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

In case of pain, headaches, and fevers:


Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol)

Ibuprofen (such as Advil and Motrin)


For congestion, coughs and colds:

Cough medicine

Decongestant (such as Sudafed or Dristan)

Throat lozenges

Dosage spoon or cup, for measuring medication

To treat allergies and itching:

Antihistamine (such as Benadryl)

Hydrocortisone cream (for persistent itching)

Calamine lotion

Eye drops

For Digestive Issues:

Antacids (in tablet or liquid form)

Anti-diarrhea treatment



To treat cuts, burns and other minor injuries requiring first aid:

Gauze and bandages

Medical tape

Cotton balls and swabs

Antibacterial ointment

Antiseptic for wound cleaning (such as hydrogen peroxide)

Aloe Vera gel

Remember to place all medicines out of the reach of children, and always check with your pediatrician before administering medication.