Drugstore Medicines to Keep on Hand for Your Family

Be sure your medicine cabinet contains the following:

  • A list of all medications taken by each household member
  • Adhesive strip bandages in assorted sizes and shapes (individually sealed)
  • Adhesive tape and absorbent cotton
  • Antibacterial or antiseptic cleaning agent
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antihistamine, such as Benadryl Elixir
  • Arm sling or a triangular bandage
  • Dosage spoon (teaspoons are often inaccurate)
  • Elastic bandages (2", 4", 6")
  • Eye patch
  • Eye wash
  • First-aid manual
  • Heating pad or hot water bottle and an ice pack
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Individually sealed sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes and gauze in a roll
  • Insect repellent
  • Medicine, such as acetaminophen, for pain or fever
  • Petroleum jelly and rubbing alcohol
  • Round-tipped scissors for cutting bandages
  • Safety pins
  • Sunscreen
  • Syrup of Ipecac to induce vomiting for some (not all) kinds of poisoning
  • Thermometer
  • Tongue depressors to splint sprained fingers
  • Tweezers for removing splinters
  • Emergency phone numbers, including 911 or local fire, police or ambulance numbers; your pediatrician and pharmacist; and the Poison Control Center.

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