As a parent, you quickly learned how important it is to be prepared at all times. From your packed diaper bag to the crayons and snacks in your purse, being a mom is just as much about solving problems as it is seeing those problems before they happen.
Having a fully stocked medicine cabinet and first aid kit is all part of that parental preparation. The sooner you can give your daughter Children’s Tylenol, the sooner her fever will subside; the sooner you can grab the bandages and Neosporin, the sooner that skinned knee will feel better. Why make your sick or injured child wait on you while you run to the store? Keeping a well-stocked medicine and first aid supply will ensure your child starts to feel better as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, there’s no denying that health care products aren’t cheap – and they rarely go on sale. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up when the price is right, especially if you’ve got a great coupon.
What to Keep in Your Family’s Medicine Cabinet
- Acetaminophen - Most commonly known as Tylenol, acetaminophen is an amazing fever and pain reducer. Just be sure to keep children’s acetaminophen on hand for your little ones. Remember, there’s no need to stick with the Tylenol brand on this one (unless you have a coupon!); store-brand acetaminophen is exactly the same thing.
- Ibuprofen – Most commonly known as Motrin or Advil, ibuprofen is a powerful pain reliever. Use for headaches, toothaches, earaches, etc. Again, store-brand ibuprofen is just as good as the major brands.
- A variety of bandages and gauze pads - When it comes to cuts and scrapes, it pays to have the right tool for the job. Stock up on a variety of sizes so you’ll always be prepared. Alternatively, look for coupons on boxes with a variety of different sizes.
- Antibacterial ointment - Easily clean those cuts and guard against infection by keeping a tube of antibacterial ointment handy.
- Diphenhydramine hydrochloride – Most commonly known as Benadryl, this antihistamine medication will clear up a number of allergic reactions.
- Cough syrup - Your kids may hate the taste, but these cough suppressants will help soothe those racking coughs (helping them get some much-needed sleep).
- Aloe vera and calamine lotion - Few things help soothe painful sunburns faster than aloe vera. Calamine lotion is also handy for skin irritations (such as poison ivy).
- Tweezers – Make sure you sterilize these before using them to remove ticks or splinters.
Keep your eye out for great health care coupons both online and offline. Even though health care and medicine can be among the most expensive purchases you make, by being a smart shopper, you can make sure you have what you need while saving money too.