What to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet for When Sickness Strikes

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Welcome to fall — pretty leaves; pumpkins; cool, crisp air; sweaters; and boots. With the good comes the bad — sore throat, congestion, fever, runny nose, and cough. The sickness just seems to appear out of nowhere and typically in the middle of the night, right? Or is that just at our house?

This year, in preparation for the sickness, I decided to stock my medicine cabinet before the sick season arrived. I did some research about traditional and non-traditional remedies for treating common childhood illnesses. Here are common and not-so-common items to keep your medicine cabinet.

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Congestion

It's hard to watch your baby or toddler struggle with chest congestion. Here are some things you can keep in your cabinet to relieve the symptoms:

Aspirators: Aspirators are a mom's best friend during the first year of a baby's life. There are a few options to choose from, depending on how much money you want to spend. I keep a cheap bulb aspirator in the diaper bag and use the Nose Frida at home.

  1. Nasal aspirator with saline solution
  2. Nose Frida
  3. Battery-Operated Nasal Aspirator

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Rubs: Another way to ease congestion is to place a rub on baby's chest, particularly at night.

  • Traditional: Vicks BabyRub
  • Non-traditional: Essential Oil — Eucalyptus mixed with a carrier such as olive or coconut oil

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Cough Remedies

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  • Traditional: After years of waiting, there is finally something you can give your child to help suppress their cough. Zarbee's is an all-natural cough syrup that is safe for children 12 months and older. I have been using since it came on the market, and it really helps!
  • Non-traditional: Thieves Oil and Peppermint (mixed with carrier oil)
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Fever

Watching your child's fever climb higher and higher can be a scary thing. Here are some helpful items to have on hand to be more prepared when a fever strikes.

Thermometer

1. Digital: This thermometer uses electronic heat sensors to record body temperature. They can be used in the rectum, mouth or armpit. Armpit temperatures are the least accurate for babies. The rectal method consistently gives the most accurate results.

2. Tympanic membrane digital: This thermometer sends out an infrared ray to measure the temperature inside your child's ear canal. The disadvantage to this type is that earwax or the shape of your child's ear canal can interfere with the accuracy of the temperature reading.

3. Temporal artery thermometer: This thermometer uses an infrared scanner to measure the temperature of the temporal artery in the forehead and is great for checking your baby's temperature in the middle of the night when they are asleep.

Traditional Medication

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol): Can be given every 4-6 hours. (Contact your doctor before administering to a baby under 3 months)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin): Can be administered every 6-8 hours. (Not appropriate for children under 6 months)

Non-Traditional Medication

  • Lavender essential oil mixed with a carrier oil then applied to the bottom of the feet, back of neck, and behind the ears.

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What are your must-have items in your medicine cabinet this fall and winter?

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What to Keep In Your Medicine Cabinet for When Sickness Strikes

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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