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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Your Medicine Cabinet Checklist | Family Economics

By Trisha

As the weather gets warmer and my kids head out doors to play, my role changes quickly to mommy nurse as I began patching up skinned knees, removing splinters and administering allergy medications to my children. Having a well-stocked and organized medicine cabinet is a must as the warm weather months arrive.

Are you ready to play nurse for your kids? Here are some tips to ensure your medicine cabinet is well stocked.

Take Inventory
• Empty out your medicine cabinet and dispose of all expired or soon to expire medications.
• Take an inventory of what items you need to purchase to update your family medicine cabinet.
• Replace all items back into the cabinet and head to your local big box store to purchase the items you need.

Must-Have List
• Alcohol or antiseptic wipes and spray
• Antifungal creams (Athlete's Foot relief)
• Acetaminophen
• Adhesive tape
• Antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes
• Antihistamine
• Aspirin or anti-inflammatory pain reliever
• Bandages in assorted sizes
• Burn cream or aloe vera gel
• Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream
• Cold packs
• Cotton balls, pads and swabs
• Decongestant
• Digital thermometer
• Eye wash kit
• First-aid manual
• Hydrocortisone cream
• Oral syringe for administering medicines
• Scissors
• Sterile gauze pads for large wounds
• Sunscreen
• Tweezers
• Rubbing alcohol to clean thermometers, tweezers, scissors, etc.

Always remember to keep medicine and supplies away from children. What are your must haves in your family medicine cabinet?

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On Sunday, April 10, 2011, Organization in WA wrote

I made one of my upper kitchen cabinets our medicine/vitamin cabinet with a child lock on it...amazing how many things I need to keep out of the reach of my children!

On Sunday, April 10, 2011, momisbestjob in Tacoma wrote

THANK YOU for the reminder about expired medication....I just went thru my cabinet and was shocked at how many items where expired!!!

On Saturday, March 26, 2011, Leslie from Port Orchard wrote

Thanks for the reminders! There are things you forget about until the day comes when you might need it (knock on wood)... like eye wash or burnt cream. This is a great list!

On Thursday, March 24, 2011, Nancy Nemitz, professional organizer wrote

Be careful about disposing of expired medication. You shouldn't dump all medication down the toilet. Put the medication in a Ziploc and mix with used coffee grounds or kitty litter. They are then safe to dispose of in the trash. Consult your local pharmacy if you aren't sure of the proper disposal method for a particular medication.

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