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Medicine Chest Checklist

Digital thermometer

Infants' liquid non-aspirin pain reliever

Topical calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream (1/2 percent) for insect bites and rashes

Rubbing alcohol to clean thermometers, tweezers, and scissors

Petroleum jelly to lubricate thermometer

Antibacterial ointment for cuts and scrapes

Tweezers for splinters and ticks

Sharp scissors

Safety manicure scissors

Child-safe sunscreen lotion

Child-safe insect repellent

Children's liquid decongestant

Nasal aspirator bulb syringe

Adhesive bandages (various shapes and sizes)

Gauze rolls (1/2 to 2 inches wide)

Gauze pads (2x2 and 4x4 inches)

Adhesive tape

Sterilized cotton balls

Cotton-tipped swabs

Mild liquid soap

Medicine dropper, oral syringe or calibrated cup/spoon

Heating pad

Hot-water bottle and ice pack

Small flashlight (to check nose, throat, and ears)

First-aid manual (The American Red Cross' Standard First Aid & Personal Safety gives detailed advice)