Let’s face it – having kids in Singapore’s a pricey affair. Just the medical bills and vaccinations alone cost a hefty sum! If you are like one of us mommies who’ve already gotten used to the drill of the usual cold and flus, you’ll also have an arsenal of health essentials in your medicine cabinet. So, let’s compare notes! Are you familiar with these must-haves in your medicine cabinet or do you already have them amply stocked at home?

Kids Medicine

1. Immunity Boosters – Prevention’s better than cure.

Sambucol Cold and Flu Kids and Comvita Winter Wellness Children’s Manuka Honey Elixir

Keeping the immunity strong for everyone at home’s probably one of the best things you can do.

The use of natural supplements such as Vitamin C, Elderberry, Echinacea and the likes are gaining popularity. This is especially useful to help kids fight common bugs found in schools. The hit Sambucol range is a great-tasting supplement packed with black elderberries that can cut the duration and severity of flu symptoms. It’s akin to drinking a super dose of fruit juice in a very small quantity and it tastes great! The moment you see a sniffle, be sure to give your kids this immunity booster!

Another good-to-have is Manuka honey – a hot favourite to soothe sore throats the natural way. Try the Comvita Winter Wellness Children’s Manuka Honey Elixir, which is a great immunity booster.

2. Fever & Pain Relievers

Calpol and Panadol suspensions

We all know about the fever that comes in the middle of the night. "Shall we go to the A&E? But the fever's not that high?" Sounds familiar?

An essential in any household with young kids, the Calpol and Panadol suspensions relieve pain (including toothaches) and low-grade fever that comes with flu and cold.

So make sure you stock up on these fever & pain relievers that will come in so handy during the late night "sagas" and also when you are travelling with kids.

3. For Coughs, Colds, Sore throats & Runny Noses

Prospan Cough Syrup

Natural remedies such as Prospan Cough Syrup (derived from Dried Ivy Leaf Extract) and Leftose (for sore throats and chesty coughs, made from natural enzymes) are good in relieving those coughs and inflamed throats. But of course if symptoms persist, do go to the doctor to get those antibiotics.

4. Probiotics- For stomach upsets, relieving eczema, and general good health!

LactoGG and Biogaia baby drops

Travelling and the stomach churns from unfamiliar foods? Probiotics which essentially mean "for life" are gaining increasing popularity not just for adults, but also children. The most commonly stocked brands in paediatric clinics are LactoGG and Biogaia. Biogaia baby drops are probably one of the very few probiotics that can be given to infants, either directly or added to milk. And LactoGG contains highly researched probiotics for relieving of stomach upsets, eczema and to replenish the “good” bacteria in the guts, especially after a course of antibiotics!

5. Lotions & Cleansers For sensitive and dry skin

Cetaphil and Physiogel

For those with sensitive or dry skin, it’s always better to use soap-free alternatives and also to keep good lotions at home when the itches and redness appear (especially when it is puzzling to figure out the trigger factors!)

Cetaphil, Moogoo, Isoderm, Ego QV and Physiogel are some of the good brands recommended by healthcare professionals. However, it is often a trial and error approach to find out what suits your child best!

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Here's a quick comparison to prove that you’ll be paying less at Glovida:

  Retail Price Glovida's Price Price Difference
Sambucol Cold & Flu Kids $24.90 $18.90 24%
Cetaphil Baby Daily Lotion with Shea Butter $24.90 $19 24%
Comvita Children’s Manuka Honey Elixir $37.90 $29 23%
Calpol Suspension $8.90 $7.90 11%
Prospan Cough Syrup $10.80 $8.80 19%
Physiogel Calming Relief AI Body Lotion $30.90 $27.90 10%