When your child is complaining that he or she is feeling feverish, confirm it with a thermometer to measure the body temperature. An oral digital thermometer is probably the best choice, but avoid sharing it with your family members. There are also ear thermometers and no-touch forehead thermometers, but these are also more expensive.
3. Tiger Balm
Tiger Balm is a familiar over-the-counter product, regardless of age and generation. Because it contains menthol and camphor, it does a superb job in relieving minor muscle aches, headaches, pains and strains by numbing the skin as an analgesic.
Tiger Balm is also a favourite among people who have arthritis and those who often get nauseous or headaches. For those with chest congestion and coughs, this can be used as a chest rub to soothe these symptoms. Young children may not like the stronger menthol effect, so use it sparingly on them.
4. Ru Yi Medicated Oil (Yu Yee You)
Ru Yi oil (also known as Yu Yee You) is another familiar Asian medicated ointment. This Chinese traditional oil is every Asian family’s go-to medication for a bloated stomach or stomach pains. You can also use it to soothe arthritis, headaches or joint and muscle aches. It’s also an effective remedy for babies suffering from colic.
5. Antiseptic wipes
Antiseptic wipes will allow you to effectively treat and disinfect any wounds or thoroughly clean your hands prior to providing medical assistance. It is also important to sterilise or disinfect any tools you use, as well as the affected area, before dressing wounds. You can use wipes or an antiseptic spray to spritz directly onto the areas. There are also antiseptic ointments to keep the wound moist to enhance healing.
7. Scissors and tweezers
Tweezers come in handy for removing small splinters, foreign objects, stingers, and ticks from the skin, while scissors are used for cutting sterile pads, bandages or tape. You can also use them if you need to cut through clothes for better access to a wound.
9. Diarrhoea pills
A typical symptom of a viral infection, food intolerance or food poisoning, It is always good to have pills for diarrhea on hand. Anti-diarrhea medicines to treat it are available both on prescription or over the counter at your local pharmacy.
Be sure to stock activated charcoal pills in your first aid to to also treat stomach pain caused by excess gas, diarrhoea, or indigestion. You’ll also be surprised by the multiple uses of charcoal.