Syrup of Ipecac Induces vomiting if a child swallows poison. Use only if instructed by the poison-control center or your physician.
- Thermometer Digital varieties are easier to read, though mercury ones are slightly more accurate. Use a rectal thermometer for children under 2.
- First-aid kit Make sure it includes plenty of Band-Aids and bandages.
- Antiseptic Use on open wounds, such as skinned knees, scratches, and minor cuts.
- Antibiotic ointment Use on minor wounds to protect against bacteria.
- Electrolyte solution Helps prevent dehydration from diarrhea and vomiting. Buy solutions made specifically for children, such as Pedialyte or Kao Lectrolyte.
- Pain reliever/fever reducer Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are equally effective for lowering fever and controlling pain.
- Hydrocortisone cream Use on minor rashes or insect bites to relieve itching. Don't use for diaper rash or chicken pox.
- Antihistamine If your child ever has a severe allergic reaction, emergency services may recommend that you administer this.