Modern Day Medicine Cabinets {What Every Mom Should Know}

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Modern Day Medicine Cabinets {What Every Mom Should Know} | Houston Moms Blog

The heart of today’s active family, moms play a pivotal role as caretaker and decision maker.  Few will know her children better.

From a satchel filled with a range of essential items {for toddler or teen}, to medicine cabinets customized for optimal care, moms pride themselves on being perpetually prepared.

But today selecting the “right” medications and understanding possible interactions with medications prescribed for chronic conditions – asthma, diabetes, attention deficit disorder {ADD} – presents a challenge.

As a family medicine physician and Next Level Urgent Care Medical Director, I definitely believe that medicine cabinets today are stocked with more medications than, say, 50 years ago.  In another time people used medication differently.  There was less demand for immediate resolution of symptoms.  Today we live in a ‘microwave society’ of instant gratification. We can get it all … now.  Unfortunately, we’re not willing to wait out illness.

Additionally, direct to consumer pharmaceutical marketing and product placement on shelves often suggests a higher level of safety than exist. It is important to understand when over the counter {OTC} medications would help or hinder and that OTCs can cause disruptive interactions and side-effects.

Scientific evidence suggests that acute viral illness in the early years {one to two years of age} may help prevent cancer later in life.  My advice to young parents is to remain calm when a child is acutely ill.  Almost all of the time children are going to recover without any medical intervention.

Rx Tips for Dr. Mom

  • Tylenol and Ibuprofen are preferable to aspirin.
  • Follow age/weight dose recommendations.
  • Antibiotics should only be used when absolutely necessary and never as “preventative.”
  • Cough medicines should not be used in those under the age of six.
  • OTC medications should be physician-approved before adding to prescription medication.

Next Level Urgent Care serves moms at nine convenient locations, providing rapid and affordable access to healthcare, and, most importantly, reassurance when symptoms become concerning. The clinics, open everyday from 9am to 9pm, offer a range of health services – including care for acute pediatric illness and injury.

Download the “Get in Line Online” app {text “nextlevel” to 49798} or call (281)940.3015 to get in line! For more information, feel free to contact Next Level Urgent Care directly.

About Robbyn L. Traylor, MD

Robbyn is a 6th generation Texan who was raised in Fort Bend county. She graduated from Kempner High School in 1997, and matriculated to Prairie View A&M University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After this she attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine where she graduated in 2005. Dr. Traylor attended the Wesley Family Medicine residency program, and is now a board-certified family physician. During her professional career, she has gained experience in primary care, emergency medicine, and immediate care.  Dr. Traylor has worked for Next Level Urgent Care since Spring of 2014 and now serves as Medical Director.  She is grateful for the opportunity to provide quality care for patients of all ages in the greater Houston area. In her spare time Dr. Traylor enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.


  1. This is the type of information you don’t see often enough. A smart and balanced approach to OTC meds starts with the contents of your medicine cabinet. I might also say this post is a great example of how an urgent care provider can be a resource for family medicine. I have a similar health provider in Colorado.


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