The Well Stocked Pediatric Medicine Cabinet

Has your child ever woken up at 2am with a fever, only for you to find out you are out of Tylenol, and then been forced to drive across town to a 24-hour pharmacy? If so, you know how difficult times can be when your medicine cabinet is not stocked properly!

Parents know that finding out what is wrong with our kids is only half the battle; treating what's wrong can be just as difficult. We can take care of our children that much faster if we have what we need in our medicine cabinet. That said, I want to help you keep your medicine cabinet stocked with the basics! Here's a handy dandy guide to get you closer to having what you need, when you need it.

Newborn to 1 year:

  • Tylenol or Acetaminophen (fever reducer and pain reliever)
  • Motrin or Ibuprofen (fever reducer and pain reliever for children > 6 months old)
  • Humidifier (great for decreasing cough and breaking up congestion)
  • Saline spray (necessity for suctioning mucous from the nose)
  • Zarbee's for Baby (cough and congestion medication)
  • Benadryl or Diphenhydramine (allergy reliever)
  • Gerber soothe probiotics (for gas and colic)
  • Simethicone (for gas and belly pain)
  • Neosporin (antibiotic ointment)
  • Hydrocortisone 1% (anti-itch, anti-inflammatory ointment)
  • Clotrimazole or Miconazole (anti-fungal cream for certain diaper rashes)
  • Aquaphor (my personal favorite for everyday diaper rashes and prevention)

Toddlers and up:

  • Tylenol or Acetaminophen (fever reducer and pain reliever)
  • Motrin or Ibuprofen (fever reducer and pain reliever for children > 6 months old)
  • Zarbee's for Children (cough and congestion medication -- plain honey works well too!)
  • Benadryl or Diphenhydramine (allergy reliever)
  • Neosporin (antibiotic ointment)
  • Hydrocortisone 2.5% (anti-itch, anti-inflammatory ointment)

The above is by no means an exhaustive list but should give you a pretty good base to build upon. It is important to read every label and pay attention to the warnings. Also, some children may have issues that prevent the use of some of these medicines. I recommend you checking with your doctor before giving your child medication to be on the safe side.

I encourage all of my patients to touch base with me for any questions about medications or dosages - I'm here to help, day or night! Please contact me should you wish to discuss West Pediatrics!