Headache, common cold, upset stomach, allergy, sprains and wounds, chances are you’ve one if not more than one of them. These are the most common, everyday health issues, and while you may not be able to avoid all of them, you can knock each of them and just maybe get around to visiting your doctor. What’s the secret? A well-stocked medicine cabinet.

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Here are some of the essential medicines that should always be in your medicine cabinet.

Painkillers. The most important type of medicines since most sicknesses revolve around getting colds or experiencing bodily pains. Get well-stocked with cold and flu tablets for minor aches and pains. Take note that painkillers, such as aspirin may not be suitable for kids, so be sure to have a supply of child-safe painkillers.

Bandages. This comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Most scrapes can do just fine uncovered, but if you or a family member is cut or scraped where the wound could get dirty, such as the hands, you need to cover it with an adhesive bandage. If the deep cut can’t stop bleeding, see a doctor.

Antiseptic. How do you clean up a minor cut or scrape? Soap and water can take care of cleaning most of it, but using an antiseptic can help reduce the risk of infection. Isopropyl, hydrogen peroxide can kill bacteria on contact. Just be careful when applying these types of antiseptics as they sting.

Antihistamines. Allergy can sometimes be fatal if left untreated. In case of allergic reactions to food or insect bites, having an antihistamine handy is a good idea. Typically, these tablets or creams can be used to fight the symptoms you’ll get, including itchiness, rashes, alleviating irritation, and helping with runny nose or sneezing. However, it is vital to understand that some types of antihistamines can cause drowsiness. Talk to your pharmacist to know more.

Anti-inflammatory cream. Though painkillers can sometimes be enough to deal with the pain from muscle pools or sprains, anti-inflammatory cream can be far more effective and can be used directly on the area, causing instant alleviation of discomfort. It can also help with the inflammation and can allow the wound to heal much faster.

Rehydration salts. If your child has a diarrhea or fever, then they can end up losing a lot of fluid and essential minerals. Keeping rehydration salts handy can help you to return the normal balance and give the minerals and fluid that ill person needs.

Indigestion tablets. When dealing with cases of indigestion, often, all you need to do is have an antacid tablet. Presently, antacids can be bought in various forms, some are flavored chewables for kids.

That’s it! Take note that no matter how hard we try to keep our family away from sickness and accidents, it is inevitable that over time, they’ll get some small bruises, have an upset stomach, or contract common cold or flu. These injuries and illnesses are a normal part of life, but as mothers, what we can do is ensure that our home medicine cabinet is well-stocked to deal with these common health conundrums.