First of all, when in doubt, please go to the Emergency Room. The Nantucket Cottage Hospital can be reached at 508-825-8100 (if you would like to speak with a nurse) or of course 911.
Although I am a planner, we often travel and I think to myself , “I don’t want to pack it, I’ll just buy it when I get there.” Which in America works most of the time. There is never a 24 hour pharmacy too far.
Before you depart for Nantucket consider making an extra trip to your local pharmacy and putting together a Nantucket emergency kid sick kit. I am always shocked at the variety of medications off island, and you may be equally shocked at the lack of medications Nantucket has to offer. Please pack whatever your child is used to so you are not going crazy in the middle of the night when nothing is open. Some suggestions – an ibuprofen, acetaminophen and the Pedialyte powder packets that can be mixed with water. These survival items may be what gets you through the night. Especially since there is such a large exposure to germs during travel.
Remember nothing is open much past midnight unless it is a bar. If you are in a pinch, try my office number – it rings in my home and I may have something sitting around I can lend a friend.