Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby & Kids

If you are living in Japan make sure you have your Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby & Kids ready!  Despite their tiny size, it’s often hard to keep up with babies and toddlers. Because they are still exploring their boundaries and newfound abilities, this can sometimes lead to accidents and injuries.

It’s best to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet so that we will be prepared for bumps, scrapes and more. Use this guide to stock up on Japanese medicine cabinet essentials for baby and kids.

What To Buy

Keep in mind that the following items should be stored in an easily accessible place, yet they should be out of the reach of curious hands. Check the expiration date of products at least once every 6 months and replace items when necessary.

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For Aches, Itchiness, and Pains

Acetaminophen (paracetomol)/アセトアミノフェン/あせとあみのふぇん/asetoaminofen

Bufferin offers a wide range of products for both kids and adults. These tablets (508 JPY) dissolve easily in a child’s mouth and offer pain and fever relief.

Guidelines for use:

  • For children 3 to 7 years of age, 2 tablets 3 times a day.
  • For children 7 to 11 years of age, 3 tablets 3 times a day.
  • Not for children under 3 years of age.

Anti-diarrhea medication/下痢止め/げりどめ/geri dome

This medication (620 JPY) is a yogurt flavored powder that stops diarrhea. To be taken after meals.

Guidelines for use:

  • For children 1 to 3 years of age, give half a packet 3 times a day.
  • For children 3 to 8 years of age, give 1 packet 3 times a day.
  • If symptoms persist after 5 days, discontinue use and consult a physician.

Anti-itch cream/かゆみ止め/かゆみどめ/kayumi dome


Treat irritated skin with an OTC non-steroidal ointment like Poly Baby (556 JPY). Used best for Diaper Rash, Heat Rash, Eczema & Dermatitis. Apply an appropriate amount one to two times a day to the affected area.  


Anti-itch cream for mosquito bites/虫刺されの塗り薬/むしさされのぬりぐすり/mushi sasare no nuri gusuri

Muhi Baby Itch Medicine(15 grams for about 800 JPY) is a great topical cream to carry in your purse or diaper bag for baby and toddlers. It does not sting and is baby friendly. Not super strong, but will alleviate mosquito bite itch and decrease the swelling.


Unacowa Cool Lotion  (60 ml for 600 -1,000 JPY) is the bite medicine of choice for adults and teens. This stuff has a sting but takes the bite right out. Buy a couple bottles to keep in backpacks and at home. There is also a mini-size for purses.


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For Fever and Colds

Cough syrup/咳止めシロップ/せきどめしろっぷ/seki dome shiroppu

To clear up a nasty cough and phlegm (淡/たん/tan), cough syrup is a must. This cough syrup (652 JPY) from Bufferin comes in strawberry and peach flavors and is for babies 3 months and older up to kids 8 years old. Take after a meal or when necessary.

Guidelines for use:

  • 3 months to 1 year of age, give 3 mL
  • 1 to 3 years of age, give 6 mL
  • 3 to 5 years of age, give 7.5 mL
  • 5 to 8 years of age, give 10 mL

Decongestant/ 鼻炎の薬/びえんのくすり/bien no kusuri

This decongestent (862 JPY) from Bufferin is strawberry flavored. You may also find similar products under the name of 鼻詰まりの薬 (はなつまりのくすり/hana tsumari no kusuri). Take after a meal or when necessary.

Guidelines for use:

  • 3 to 6 months of age, give 3 mL
  • 6 months of age to 1 year of age, give 4 mL
  • 1 to 3 years of age, give 5mL
  • 3 to 7 years of age, give 6 mL
  • 7 to 11 years of age, give 10 mL

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Fever cooling sheets/熱冷えシート/ねつひえしーと/netsu hie shi-to

Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials

These sheets can be used to reduce a child’s fever or to keep them cool on hot days. Be sure to select the right product according to your child’s age: ベビー用 is for babies (540 yen); 子供用 is for kids (288 yen).

Be sure to monitor your child’s temperature to make sure it does not drop drastically while the sheets are in use. These sheets are not a substitute for medical attention in the event of a fever. Always consult with a physician if you are unsure about the proper use of this product.

Nasal aspirator/鼻吸い器/はなすいき/hana sui ki

Japanese nasal aspirators are simply great! By using a tube inserted into your baby’s nose and sucking on the opposite end of the tube, you can clear mucus from baby’s nose. It looks intimidating at first, but if you’ve never used one of these before don’t be alarmed! The design of these aspirators prevent mucus from going into your mouth. Try this 2 way nasal aspirator by Chu Chu Baby (1024 JPY).

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For Cuts and Scrapes

Absorbent cotton/脱脂綿 /だっしめん/dasshi men

These square sheets of cotton are great for wiping a wound. Go for the individually wrapped pads(個包装)as they are more sanitary. Amethyst Wet Cotton Wipes pack of 100 (684 JPY)


Antibiotic cream/抗生剤軟膏/こうせいざいなんこう/kouseizai nankou

Japanese Medicine Cabinet EssentialsOronine H (935 JPY) is in nearly every Japanese household. Easily distinguishable by its yellow and brown jar, you can also find it in a convenient 50 gram tube size in stores. Oronine is used to treat acne, cracked skin, light burns, athlete’s foot, and much, much more!


Get a box that comes in 5 different sizes (406 JPY) so you’ll be able to treat a range of scrapes and cuts.



Cotton swabs/綿棒/めんぼう/menbou

Another all purpose item, these can be used for applying creams to cleaning minor cuts. This pack from Hakujuji contains 120 individually wrapped antibacterial cotton swabs for 242 JPY. Great for travel or carrying in your purse.


Disinfectant/消毒薬/しょうどくやく/shoudoku yaku

While it’s advised to not put disinfectant on the cuts and scrapes of a baby, families with older kids should have a bottle on hand. Kizuniko (254 JPY) is a popular choice.

Ingredient: Benzalkonium chloride 37.5 mg


Sterilized gauze/滅菌ガーゼ/めっきんがーぜ/mekkin ga-ze

Useful for stopping bleeding and sanitizing a wound. You’ll also want these individually packaged as well, like this pack of 100 from Hakujuji (648 JPY).

Size: 8 × 8 cm


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For Itches and Rashes

 Diaper rash cream/オムツかぶれクリーム/おむつかぶれくりーむ/omutsu kabure kuri-mu

Japanese Medicine Cabinet EssentialsA form of treatment for diaper rash that often makes the rounds on Japanese language parenting sites is horse oil (馬油/ばゆ/ba yu). If you would like an alternative to horse oil, check out Pigeon’s Momo no Ha (821 yen). It’s a medicated gel-like substance with peach extract that is gentle enough for newborn skin. Poly Baby or Baby Vaseline are also great for diaper rash relief.



Insect repellent/虫除け剤/虫よけ剤/mushi yoke zai

Mosquitoes can transmit diseases, not to mention their bites are really irritating!

Stock on up stickers,  wet wipes, and vape mist to keep bugs away from little ones.Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials



Baby Vaseline (411 JPY) has many uses, from sealing in the skin’s moisture to reducing diaper rash as well as sunburn care.

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Handy Tools

Nail clippers/爪切り/つめきり/tsumekiri

Long nails can be a hazard for little ones. Be sure to use nail clippers designed for babies and toddlers’ little hands and fingers

These clippers from Pigeon (1950 yen) come with a cap, tweezers, and nose mucus suction device.


You’ll want a pair of scissors like this pair from Nursery  (1,00 yen) in your first aid kit so you can cut gauze, tape, and bandages to the appropriate size. We love this pain because you can attach it to your first aid kit and it will not go missing.



Thermometer/体温計 /たいおんけい/taionkei

Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials

Whether you’re checking for a fever or recording the daily temperature for your child’s school notebook, you’ll need a reliable thermometer.

Omuron Digital Thermometer (1680 yen) has a back-light and can take a temperature in 20 seconds, perfect for little ones who squirm.



Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials

An item with many uses, one of which is pulling out splinters. Grab this 3 piece set from ANEX (488 yen) to tackle a variety of tasks.


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Where to Buy

Many of the items on this list can be found in baby good retail giants such as Nishi Matsuya, Babies ‘R Us and Akachan Honpo. Also, drugstores and supermarkets are also convenient options to stock up on your medicine cabinet.

Likewise, your local 100 yen shop will also be a great place to pick up freezer packs, cute bandages with characters on them, cotton swabs, and so on. Do note that staples like activated charcoal, gripe water, and gas drops are hard to come across in a Japanese drugstore or baby retail shop. For these items you’ll want to buy online at iHerb or Amazon Japan.


Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby & Kids

For more information on common childhood ailments and health services in Japan, check out these posts:

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Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby & Kids


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