Be Prepared!

Splinters from a wood deck? We’ve got you covered. A mild case of eczema? Not a problem. Diarrhea? You are no match for us. We are parents. We are prepared. Usually…

I know I have run to the medicine cabinet one too many times to find that we just don’t have the gear we need to fix what ails our children. You aren’t a pediatrician, but wouldn’t you like to know what a pediatrician keeps on-hand in his or her home to solve small medical dilemmas? First off, even a doctor knows that if it is a full blown emergency you call 911. Barring that – these little tricks might make a big difference next time a small calamity takes place at home…

Prepping for Kids

  • Children’s Ibuprofen (for babies 6 months and older) – is good for pain control (hello teething!) and reducing inflammation
  • Children’s Benadryl – a quick fix for mild allergic reactions
  • Boo Boo Buddy Cold Pack – ideal for small bumps and bruises (find their favorite character and you win parent of the year)
  • 1% Hydrocortisone – a great topical option for small outbreaks of eczema and other rashes as well
  • Band-aids – we always choose the fun ones (and yes, I long ago advised John to invest in the company because we use A LOT of these for imaginary wounds)
  • Bacitracin – it doesn’t sting, prevents infections, and speeds up the healing process
  • Q-tips – the gentle way to clean wounds and administer ointment
  • Tweezerman – best little gripper in town and is ideal for removing splinters (or princess slippers that are mistakenly stuck up ones nose)
  • Thermometer – this thermoscan ear thermometer is painless and reads temperatures in seconds (at a very young age our kids master the art of refusing a rectal thermometer – don’t ask…)
  • Children’s Acetaminophen – is a great fever reducer
  • Pedialyte – when vomiting and diarrhea enter the home you need to be extra prepared


** Always keep the number for poison control 1-800-222-1222 in your contacts in case children accidentally ingest things they shouldn’t.

** Play-doh doesn’t count.

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