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In life, you should be prepared for all eventualities. This is especially true when it comes to your health and the health of your family. Therefore it is important that you have a well stocked medicine cabinet at home for your family.
There are plenty of illnesses and injuries that you and your children can suffer from that don’t generally require medical attention. But to treat these conditions from home, you will need to have the right medicines or first aid supplies.
It’s always best to have these things on hand so that you don’t have to rush around trying to find things in moments of panic. If you have everything on hand when you need it, you can get straight to dealing with the problem.
This is where having a well stocked medicine cabinet in your home is useful. But what should you keep in your cabinet? Here is a suggested list of everything you need for your medicine cabinet.
Where Should You Put Your Medicine Cabinet?
When creating a medicine cabinet and first aid kit, you’ll want to be able to access it easily when required.
That being said, you don’t want your children being able to access it without your supervision. Make sure you put all of your medicines in a cupboard that is high up and out of reach of your children.
It is also important that all of your medicines are in childproof containers too.
What Should Be In The Medicine Cabinet?
Filling your medicine cabinet with all of the basics is essential. Here are some things that you should consider having in your medicine cabinet as a minimum:
- Painkillers, including paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, and paracetamol for children
- Antacids and diarrhea medicines
- Cough medicines and decongestants
You will also want to keep a range of different first aid items to hand:
- Triangle bandages
- Crepe bandages
- Sticky tape
- Safety pins
- Eye pads
- Sterile gloves
- Bite cream
- Antiseptic cream
Keep all of these items in a logical order. You will want to be able to find them quickly when you need them. We highly recommend keeping the medicine cabinet tidy and organized.
Taking Care of Your Medicine Cabinet
Once you have all of your items in your medicine cabinet, you will need to make sure that you take care to ensure that they are all in date and safe to use.
Using medicines that are passed their best before date could be quite bad for you. In fact, it may do you more harm than it will do you good.
Check your medicine cabinet every month and look at the dates on the packaging. Dispose of anything that is out of date and then make sure that you replace it as soon as you can.
Do not include any prescription medicines in your cabinet, except for those that have been prescribed for a current condition that someone in the household has.
Don’t share prescription drugs. These are designed to only be taken by the person that they have been prescribed to.
Once you have used any medication or first aid items out of your medicine cabinet, make sure that you replace them. You never know when you may need them again. We hope this has helped you prepare the right medicines and first aid supplies for your family medicine cabinet.