The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.
Update: Unfortunately the pictures for this post were lost and unable to be retrieved. I apologize for the inconvenience.
Warm weather is here and with it comes scraped knees, swimmer’s ear, & barefoot boo-boos. Cold and flu season isn’t the only time to get that medicine cabinet organized.
In our home, all medicines, vitamins, & first aid supplies are kept inside an upper kitchen cabinet.
I grouped the children’s medicine together in a container that is labeled and easy to access. You can confine them however logical, as it pertains to your family (by child, by medication type, etc). The important thing is that they are clearly labeled and not expired.
Be mindful to choose a storage area that keeps ALL medications & vitamins out of reach for children & pets! Adult medicines, children’s medicines, and vitamins are all attractive “candy” to young children & animals.
Even though our medicines are located in an upper kitchen cabinet, that wasn’t enough for my peace of mind. So, we installed a simple safety lock on the cabinet door.
While we’re on the subject of safety organization, I also keep a small Poison Control contact number in the form of a magnet on my refrigerator. Being prepared with this little emergency resource has already proven useful in our house. If you’re curious, I posted both US and Canadian Poison Control Center info HERE.
Back to my medicine cabinet, if you look on the inside of the door, you can see papers hanging.
At the top, I have a flip binder made of clear plastic pockets. It’s called a fridge filer, one of the OrganizHer products sold at Target. They still have them in stock (I just checked the other day) but the top decorative piece looks different than mine.
In the pockets I keep medical information relating to children’s Tylenol, Motrin, and specific medication notes from my pediatrician. This keeps all medicine related resources filed right next to the children’s medicine.
On a sticky note, I keep current stats of my daughter because most pediatric medications are dosed according to weight. The chart you see is from Dr. Sears’ website giving the most accurate weight-based medication dosages.
Below that, I created a medication record for keeping organized with what I give her, when I give it, and when to give the next dose. I laminated the pages, punched holes in the corners, and hung them on little Command Hooks.
The laminated pages are reusable and can be written on with a dry-erase marker or a wet-erase marker. Either one, make sure it’s a fine tip.
The page I use most frequently is meant for single dose medicines like Motrin, Tylenol, or Benadryl. I wanted something quick to fill out when I’m woken in the night for a feverish child. When that happens, I treat her symptoms with medicine, circle the appropriate name, and fill in pertaining details. If it’s fever related, I usually write the degree number under “notes”.
The other organization record I created was for multi-timed medicines, like antibiotics.
I fill out all future dates and times the medicine is due. Then, I cross out the times after I administer the medication. I’ve designed it so one page can keep record of up to 3 different prescriptions being given. So, if a child is on a breathing treatment, a steroid, and an antibiotic, it can all be recorded in one location.
Yes, it really does help. We just finished using it for a recent antibiotic round. While on vacation, my daughter’s foot became infected from stepping on something at the beach. On vaca, I didn’t have my handy-dandy organizer with me, so I did this…
Additionally, I wrote on the bottle the times each dose was given during our travel. It really helped me keep on schedule and it was seamless to continue the record keeping once we got home. This is important, since antibiotics are time-regimented to maintain necessary blood levels for killing infection.
Click the link below if you want a copy of my medicine pages. I’m happy to share!
Don’t be shy if you have any questions or comments! I love hearing your thoughts and will do my best to respond! :)
In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours!