A MOM'S In-house Remedies... (must have medicines at home)

Raising Tots is probably one of the most challenging phases of parenting. Countless times I’ve heard on the remarks about the “killer two” stage. But apart from the taxing role on coping up with the “high spirits mode” this is also the point where kids are highly susceptible to common ailments. Thus, it’s a must that we keep our weapons within arms reach anytime Mr. Virus or Mrs. Bacteria including any mishap makes an unwanted visit to our home. Through the help of our Pediatrician, we've come up with this essential list and always make sure our medicine box is complete with these “must have medicines at home". They’ve been so helpful and made my worries away. Somehow, parental paranoia is taken in control.


– for the relief of simple headaches, minor aches and pains and reduction of fever


– antihistamine / anti-allergy; very effective for immediate relief of itch and irritation


– antipyretic / analgesic; for temporary relief of fever, minor aches and pains due to colds, flu, sore throat, headaches and toothaches


– for the relief of nasal congestion and post nasal drip associated with the common cold, rhinitis or sinusitis


– antihistamine, good for the “makulit” or recurring colds which might be caused by some allergies; some signs I look for in administering this medicine are reddening, wet eyes and runny nose

PHYSIOMER /STERIMAR (Physiological Sea Water Microspray)

– for daily nasal hygiene; it’s a natural product that allows gentle cleansing of nasal fossae and clears the nose from mucosities safely

FLAMMAZINE (antibacterial)

– good for minor burns


– (anti-inflammatory & antipruritic) good for insect bites

VANDOL OINTMENT (vitamins A + D)

– soothes pain and helps healing of minor wounds and burns, protects skin from diaper rash


– restores softness and relieves dryness of the skin, normalizes and restores skin suffering from over exposure to the sun and other elements

VASELINE 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly

– for gentle removal of “dry crust” on the scalp


– for dry skin and for faster restoration of scars from minor wounds


– for the symptomatic relief of nasal and nasopharyngeal congestion due to common cold, sinusitis, hay fever or other respiratory allergies


– if your kids have asthma like mine, it would be very helpful to keep some packs for first aid purposes

As an old adage will say, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Accordingly, it’s better to stock up than feel sorry the immediate remedy is not made available. You’ll never know when the clock will make its ill strike.


Anonymous said…
I agree with you. I always keep my daughter's meds available at home in a separate kit, labelled. So even if when I'm not at home, her babysitter or my husband could give it without hesitation.
Anonymous said…
Being a mother is an all in one profession. I do agree with you that having these medicine at home is greatly important. It is better to be ready for our children's health sake.
Unknown said…
Please tell me where the Vandol products can be bought from?
Anonymous said…
Hi Esmarie,

You can buy it from Mercury or other leading drug stores.
Unknown said…
My daughter often gets an allergy reaction from milk biscuits, red patches all over her legs, arms and face. Is Iterax can be bought without prescription?
Sherra said…
Hi Nala, yes, Iterax is an OTC meds. You can get it without prescription.

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