Sioux Falls, SD
You may not be able to completely prevent catching a cold, but that isn't stopping Donna Bierle from being prepared.
"It's important because they don't get sick on a schedule, they get up in the middle of the night they are feverish they have an upset stomach it's important to have everything there," Donna Bierle said.
Bierle has a fully stocked medicine cabinet.
"Cough medicines, ibuprofen, sometimes Pepto-Bismol and sometimes even a 7-up in the refrigerator for upset stomachs," Bierle said.
The medicines she has readily available come in handy as a mother of four and busy grandmother of eight.
"My grandson has troubles with ear infections and he'll wake up with a sore ear so we need the Motrin to calm it down so we can get him into the doctor the next day.
With plenty of medications to choose from pharmacists say it's best to have ibuprofen on hand that way you are prepared if your child is sick.
"The things you look out for first is that you need to make sure you have a good pain medication, like Tylenol or Ibuprofen you take your pick with either one you want. Very effective but every household needs to make sure they got that so make sure it's not outdated," Lewis Drug Store, Pharmacist, Bill Ladwig said.
For those who suffer from allergies, make sure you have an antihistamine on hand.
"Benadryl is a antihistamine and it's very effective, it works for a bunch of different things and that does cause some sedation for nighttime and we are in prime ragweed season," Ladwig said.
Other antihistamines include, Claritin or Zyrtec. Ladwig also recommends, something to clear up your sinuses.
"Sudafed is the best decongestion and that's different from an antihistamine. Antihistamines will dry you up and stop the running noise and the itching that kind of stuff. Sudafed works by decreasing the swelling and that's really important by having you breathe easier," Ladwig said.
But there are some steps you can take before you resort to meds.
"Walk, exercise, the healthier you are the better your immune system is going to be," Ladwig said.