A well-stocked medicine cabinet

Essential information to rememberKeep medications and natural health products in their containers with a child-proof lid. Store them in a cabinet with a lock or safety catch or in a place children cannot get into.

There are a few items that can be handy when it comes to caring for your child. Consider stocking your medicine cabinet with the following:

  • Digital thermometer
  • Acetaminophen (e.g., Tempra®, Tylenol®, or any generic brand for pediatric use)
  • Oral rehydration solution (ORS)
  • Zinc oxide ointment
  • Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
  • Vaseline
  • A sweet oil (e.g., olive oil)
  • Saline solution for the nose
  • Adhesive bandages and dressing
  • Unscented moisturizing cream

Before adding an item to your medicine cabinet, such as an over-the-counter medication (available without a medical prescription) or a natural health product, ask your pharmacist if the product is safe for your baby.

Never give your child medication prescribed for someone else.