Aches. Pains. Gashes. Sprains. Are you ready for anything? Here are four checklists to help you equip every corner of the house.
To treat a fever or pain from headaches to minor sprains: acetaminophen (like Tylenol); a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin); and aspirin. Avoid giving aspirin to children.
To treat diarrhea: Imodium. Especially for children and the elderly, who can easily become dehydrated (but should not be given to children under 6 without a doctor's approval).
A backup supply of routine medication. Asthmatics should keep extra metered-dose inhalers; people with severe allergic reactions should keep EpiPen (an auto injector that administers epinephrine) and antihistamines.