It’s Murphy’s Law that when the chemist is closed or you have a house full of guests, your child presents with a bee sting, a fever or a gash. But bad timing doesn’t have to spell panic if your medicine cabinet is stocked with these handy supplies.
- Hot packs and cold packs Take the swelling out of a bump or bruise with an ice pack (keep it in the freezer so it’s always ready for action). Or wrap a hot pack or hot water bottle in a hand towel for your child to hold against a sore ear or tummy, or aching muscles.
- Teething gel With 20 baby teeth to cut, babies and toddlers are likely to experience days of oral discomfort. A purpose-made topical gel, like Bonjela Teething Gel, will soothe those aching gums and help reduce inflammation. You can also use an age-appropriate pain reliever such as Nurofen for Children which can be given to little ones from as early as three months of age.
- Sore throat lozenges A sore throat can turn children off drinking, eating and even swallowing saliva. School-aged children can use Strepsils Children 6+. These child-friendly lozenges can help relieve the tickle until the lurgy passes. They come in sugar-free strawberry and orange flavours.
- Thermometer Sniffs and snuffles are often accompanied by fevers in those early years and while most come and go without developing into serious health issues, it’s common for parents to worry. For that reason, it’s worth investing in a good quality thermometer, whether it’s a digital, ear or forehead model, so you will have a clear indication of whether your child’s temperature is normal, high…or very high.
- Antiseptic wipes Disposable, single use, antiseptic cleansing wipes are great for cleaning minor cuts and grazes. Keep them in your medicine cabinet at home, and pop a pack in the car for when you’re out and about.
- Hair treatments Does any Australian child (or their parents) survive childhood without at least one case of head lice? Surely not! The best strategy is to check hair for lice at least once a week. And always have a lice treatment in the cupboard so you can act as soon as you detect a problem. The bad news for parents is that, right around the world, it seems lice are growing resistant to the traditional pesticide-based treatments. The good news is that there are numerous alternative treatments available. Full Marks Solution, for example, uses cyclomethicone and isopropyl myristate to dissolve the outer coating of the lice, which dehydrates and kills them.
- Pain relief Whether your child is in pain or suffering a fever, an age appropriate medication can help get them back on track. Nurofen for Children can be given to babies from three months of age to relieve pain and/or inflammation, as well as providing up to eight hours relief from fever.
- Bandaids and bandages Bandaids are always handy for minor cuts and scrapes, but don’t forget the bandages. These help with pressure and swelling of more serious injuries, and triangular bandages can be used as a sling. Non-adhesive dressings help with burns, and wound dressings help to control bleeding. Some hypoallergenic tape is handy for strapping.
- Stainless steel tweezers Removing any foreign object from your child’s skin, such as splinters or glass, is usually best done with sterilised steel tweezers. Invest in a sharp pair where the ends meet neatly, making a better job of grasping those troublesome little slivers.
LIVE WELL RECOMMENDS
Bonjela Teething Gel
Bonjela is a pleasant tasting gel that provides fast-acting, soothing relief from the pain and discomfort associated with infant teething. Suitable for babies from 4 months of age. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, consult a healthcare professional.
Strepsils Children 6+
Strepsils Children 6+ Lozenges contain a combination of two active ingredients for fast, soothing and effective relief from the discomfort of sore throats and minor mouth infections. Available in strawberry and orange flavours. Not suitable for children 6 years and under. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persists consult a healthcare professional.
Nurofen for Children Baby 3+ months
With an easy to use dosing device, Nurofen for Children delivers temporary relief from pain and fever in children aged three months and over. It can start working in 15 minutes and also lasts up to 8 hours on fevers*. It also provides fast, effective relief for pain associated with teething, toothache, earache, sore throats, headache, minor aches, sprains and strains and colds and flu. Available for children 3-12 months old, 1-5 years old and 5-12 years old in two pleasant flavours – orange and strawberry. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Do not give to babies under three months of age. Seek medical advice for children under 12 months of age.
*Pelen Fet al. Ann Pediatr 1998; 45(10): 719-28, Autrect-Leca E et al. Cutt Med Res Opin 2007; 23(9): 2205-11.
Full Marks Solution
Low-odour, clinically proven, ten-minute treatment to kill head lice and eliminate eggs. Full Marks Removal Comb included. Suitable for children from 2 years. Always read the label. Use only as directed.
Full Marks Solution Spray
When used according to the instructions, Full Marks Solution Spray will kill head lice. Dead lice can then be removed along with any eggs using the fine metal-toothed Full Marks Removal Comb provided. Suitable for children from 2 years. Always read the label. Use only as directed.