Gentle help for small snivets - Is your children's medicine cabinet winter fit?

Cough, runny nose, cold - especially children are in the cold season easy prey for viruses and bacteria. Your immune system has yet to learn how to ward off such attacks. If it has caught the little ones, special care is required.

Make the medicine cabinet fit for children

First of all it is necessary to clear out: Medicines and aids that have exceeded their expiry date should be handed in to pharmacies or public order offices (do not throw in household waste!). Check your medicine cabinet best once a year and replace expired with new medications. Get used to replacing used materials as soon as possible and note the start date on the packaging. Keep your pharmacy out of the reach of children - high up and locked - and preferably in rooms with rather low humidity and fairly constant temperatures (eg in the dark, cool bedroom).

General checklist of a child-friendly medicine chest

Here is an overview of what your medicine cabinet for children might contain. However, there is no universal solution. How you equip your personal pharmacy also depends on your child's age, preferences and habits (juice, pills or suppositories, homeopathic globules, medicinal plant preparations, wraps), as well as the diseases your child often suffers from (eg. Chest wrap, if it often has bronchitis, neck wrap in tonsillitis, ear wrap in earache). Of course, there may also be individual medications prescribed by the doctor.

What should be in the medicine chest?

  • Fennel and cumin anise for flatulence and diarrhea
  • Peppermint or chamomile tea for abdominal pain and nausea
  • Linden blossom or sage tea for colds
  • Peppermint oil for rubbing in against headaches
  • Digital fever thermometer
  • Wound disinfectant
  • Wound and healing ointment
  • Wound and fire gel
  • Decongestant nasal drops or saline suitable for children
  • Cough Syrup on a vegetable basis
  • Child-friendly fever and pain suppositories
  • Cold-warm compress (It is advisable to have a compress in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator ready for use.)
  • hot-water bottle
  • Nappy Set
  • Plasters, gauze bandages, elastic bandages, burn pads, possibly spraying patches
  • Bandage scissors, splinter tweezers, ticks, rubber gloves, wooden spatula
  • Emergency addresses and telephone numbers

Is the medicine suitable for my child at all?

Not every medicine that is good for adults is suitable for children. If in doubt, parents should always ask a doctor before they resort to tablets and drops. But even in "Grandma's treasure chest" can be found some gentle help. As a rule, children should not be treated with adult medicines, so they should not be given at a lower dosage.

Especially for babies and children under three years, many drugs are taboo. Even those that are usually well tolerated in adults. For example, acetylsalicylic acid present in many pain and fever products can cause serious liver damage in young children. Reason enough to make the children's medicine cabinet winter-ready in autumn.

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