10 essentials you should have in your medicine cabinet


Anyone with kids knows that you can’t NOT have bandages or plaster close by. Even at the smallest sign of a scratch, kids will gleefully come running for a bandage – what is it with kids and bandages?!

Essentially, it is advised that you check your medicine cabinet every 6 months to ensure you have all your essentials in place (and haven’t expired) for when those emergencies happen – big and small. They also advise that you keep your medicine cabinet in a cool and dry place (not your bathroom or kitchen) where kids can’t reach. It can be quite daunting to know what is unnecessary, so you can make space for what is really important.

Here are some medical cabinet must-haves for your family:

 1. Thermometer

For reading temperature accurately, so you know when to administer fever medication – or take the child to a doctor. The digital ones tend to work best for more accurately and faster. 

2. Painkillers

A good painkiller can treat pain and bring down a fever in both adults and children (at appropriate dosage).

3. Disinfectant

While age old salt and water can sometimes do the trick, it is best to keep some antiseptic to help thoroughly cleanse a wound. Try Elastoplast’s Wound Spray for easy and convenient antiseptic wound cleansing.

4. Cold packs or compressors

For relieving minor pain and swelling for sprains, aches and sore joints. Be sure not to use these in the case of burns – rather run those in cold water and apply a dressing if necessary.

5. Antidiarrheal treatment

Doctors recommend that you have go-to antidiarrheal treatment if you get diarrhoea often. This help with much-needed relief and prevention from losing too many fluids.

6. Tweezers or scissors

Tweezers come in handy to deal with splinters and scissors to cut bandages or medication that is tricky to unwrap.

7. Sterile gloves

An essential tool of the trade to make sure everyone is safe from an infection. If you don’t have gloves, make sure you have a disinfectant, like Elastoplast’s Wound Spray, that doesn’t require you to touch the wound.

8. Plasters

Those strips kids love. They really come in handy to ensure wounds are kept moist and heal faster (after cleaning the wound, of course).

9. Healing Ointment

To make your child’s wounds heals quicker, a healing ointment is always a handy asset to a medical cabinet. An ointment, like Elastoplast’s Wound Healing Ointment, helps to reduce scarring and can be used in all stages of wound healing.

10. Antihistamine

Essential for allergies. They vary from ones that will make you drowsy to ones that won’t make you drowsy.

When your medical cabinet is stocked and it’s time to take action, just remember these three easy steps to wound care: clean, protect and heal. Elastoplast has got you covered through all three these steps with a range of different products that disinfects your wound, protects it from further bacteria and speeds up its healing.


This post is sponsored by Elastoplast produced by Brandstudio24 for Parent24.

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