Baby’s Medicine Cabinet

May 15, 2013 No Comments by

Have these supplies on hand rather than waiting to buy them when you need them (usually in the middle of the night and/or middle of a snowstorm). Ask your baby’s doctor for recommendations on brands and dosages. Most importantly, store them out of reach of infants and children.

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  • Liquid aspirin substitute, such as Calpol (paracetamol).
  • Antiseptic ointment or cream, for minor cuts and scrapes.
  • Hydrogen peroxide, for cleaning cuts. A non-stinging spray that numbs or relieves pain as it cleans can make the job even easier.
  • Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream (0.5 percent), for mosquito bites and itchy rashes.
  • Rehydration fluid (such as Dioralyte), if the baby’s doctor recommends it for treatment of diarrhoea.
  • Sunscreen, which is now recommended even for infants under six months old when sun protection is otherwise impossible. Look for a gentle made-for-baby formulation.
  • Rubbing alcohol, for swabbing on umbilical stump or for cleaning thermometers, but not for rubdowns.
  • Calibrated spoon, dropper and/or oral syringe, for administering medications. (Whenever possible, use the one that comes with a medication.)
  • Sterile bandages and gauze pads, in a variety of sizes and shapes.
  • Adhesive tape, for securing gauze pads.
  • Tweezers, for pulling out splinters.
  • Nasal aspirator, a bulb syringe for clearing a stuffy nose.
  • Ear syringe, for removing wax buildup, if baby’s doctor recommends it.
  • Warm mist vaporizer/humidifier. If you choose to buy a humidifier, this is the one to get. Neither the old-fashioned hot steam humidifier (which can lead to burns) nor the cold mist humidifier (which encourages bacterial growth and can spread germs) is recommended.
  • A digital thermometer. It is no longer recommended that parents use glass mercury thermometers because of the dangers of mercury exposure. Tympanic (ear) thermometers are less reliable in infants than rectal or axial (armpit) ones. The newer temporal artery thermometers that take the temperature on the forehead, have been shown in studies to be very accurate; they may become more widely available and affordable.
  • Small penlight, to check throat for inflammation or pupils after a head injury.
  • Tongue depressors, for examining the throat.
  • Heating pad and/or hot-water bottle, for smoothing a colicky tummy or relieving sore muscles.

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