Although most of the medications your child will take will be on a doctor's prescription, there are certain items every parent ought to have on hand at home. Some of these are nonprescription medications that you can buy over the counter at your drugstore. These are usually called OTC medications. Other items, like a thermometer, are basics of a home health care kit. You'll also need antiseptics, ointments, gauze pads, and bandages in preparation for the inevitable bangs, bruises, scrapes, cuts, and other minor crises of childhood.
When you're assembling this kit, however, remember a few safety rules:
• Do not buy or administer any but the most basic drugs without the advice of a doctor.
• Only buy medications in containers that have child-proof caps. Keep all medications in their original, clearly-labeled containers.
• Unless your child takes a prescription medication on a regular basis, do not keep leftover medicines. Flush liquids and pills or capsules down the toilet and throw out the containers.
• Keep all medications locked away from children. If you and your young child are visiting friends who do not have children, make sure that no dangerous substances are within reach of the child.