Ok, so this is going to sound a little ‘public safety announcement’, but it’s not meant to.
Going through our medical box is something I do regularly because we have space issues in the bathroom, so here’s my checklist:
- Always check expiration dates on your medicines, including checking how long they should be open for (the little ‘lid up’ symbol with a number next to it)
- Replace anything that you might need in the middle of the night or at a time when no one in the house is capable of getting out such as flu remedies or dioralyte
- Make sure the instructions are in the right boxes
- If something doesn’t actually have a full dose left in it then it’s probably sensible to ditch it
- Check for anything you might need for a new season, e.g. antihistamine ointment for insect bites for summer
- Make sure any child medicines are age appropriate and ditch anything they’ve grown out of
- If you getting rid of anything like antibiotics, check first if they need to be returned to the pharmacist
- Always good to check to see if you have enough ‘normal’ plasters – not just the huge ones or tiny round ones. Summer means shorts which means knees are exposed to the pavement
Maybe it’s the Girl Scout in me, but I like to be prepared and make sure that the medical supplies are there and ready when I need them.
So, if you are inspired, while you’re busy having a clean out, go through your make-up and toiletries too.