CENTRALIZING YOUR HOME MEDICATIONS FOR THESE COMMON KIDS CONDITIONS

Adult eye height cabinet for all your medications in one location for easy access in emergencies

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A thermometer is a must-have in any well-considered medicine cabinet. Your child has a significant issue if his or her temperature is over 38.5 degrees and you will certainly need to consult a doctor. However, there is a grey zone between 37.5 and 38.5 degrees when parents can attempt to bring down the child’s temperature by removing a layer of clothing, using a cold compress, providing fluids and administering Panadol or Ibuprofin. Dr Bartone says the child should be monitored for any other symptoms and given another dose of Panadol after four hours. If the temperature doesn’t drop, the parents need to seek the advice of a family doctor.

For the medicine cabinet: Panadol or Ibuprofin; a cold compress.

Vomiting and diarrhoea:

It’s always important to ensure a child is well hydrated if he or she has had a bout of vomiting or diarrhoea. If the child is also running a temperature, it’s advisable to support the fluid intake with an electrolyte replacement formula.

For the medicine cabinet: an electrolyte replacement formula.

Conjunctivitis:

This condition can be treated with a sterile saline solution to irrigate eyes of foreign bodies. However, if it does not settle, you will have to consult a doctor.

For the medicine cabinet: a sterile saline solution.

Worms:

The main sign of threadworm in children is an itchy bottom. The worms lay eggs around the bottom and when children scratch to ease the itch, they can get the worm eggs under their fingernails. They then carry them to their mouths. The scratching can cause a red rash around the anus which can become infected. It’s important to see a doctor if your child has worms. The doctor is likely to treat all family members even if they don’t show symptoms.

Henry Sapiecha

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