10 Things Every Parent Should Have in the Medicine Cabinet
Having a sick baby at home is not only challenging, it is also a parent’s worst nightmare. To make dealing with your baby’s cold or fever more manageable, here are some of the essentials a parent should always have in the medicine cabinet.
Fevers are among the most common symptoms our little darlings can have. In order to know whether it is safe to treat your baby at home or if it is time to take them to the doctor, you must have a thermometer on hand. Several types of thermometers are available today – mouth, rectal, armpit, forehead, ear or temporal artery. For babies under 2 months old, a digital rectal thermometer is ideal to get accurate readings. New research also suggests that temporal artery thermometers can be just as accurate and are a breeze to use on sleeping infants.
2. Children’s Pain Reliever
Children’s pain reliever, or any children’s prescription for regular medicine, should be kept in your medicine cabinet at all times because most children under the age of 6 cannot share medicine with adults. Stock up on acetaminophen like Children’s Tylenol or Motrin to relieve minor pain and even help lower fevers. Children and babies over the age of 6 months are allowed to take Ibuprofen, but it is still best to ask your pediatrician for a prescription.
3. Band Aids/Gauze
Our kids will get into all sorts of accidents. There’s practically a 100% guarantee on that. In order to treat minor cuts or abrasions make sure you always have band aids and gauze on hand. You may also use liquid gauze for minor cuts or if your child is always trying to take their band aid off. The band aid or gauze will prevent dust and bacteria from causing infections in your child’s wound.
As we’ve mentioned above it is common for kids to get into minor accidents. To clean up wounds, make sure to have antiseptics such as hydrogen peroxide, alcohol or Betadine in your house. Both hydrogen peroxide and Betadine are practically pain-free, so your kids may prefer that. Aside from getting into all sorts of trouble, you never know where your kids’ hands have been to. That’s why it’s best to have anti-bacterial wipes in the medicine cabinet. Even in your car and in the baby bag.
5. Vaseline And A&D Ointment
Vaseline and A&D ointment are great for dry skin. This may be especially helpful while your newly born infant’s skin is still adjusting to the outside world. Vaseline and A&D are also great for preventing diaper rashes. Just apply all over the diaper area before putting the diaper on.
6. Gas Drops
Babies can be incredibly gassy. Just ask any parent. These cute little buggers can pass gas as often as 13-21 times, IN A DAY! To help alleviate gassiness, especially if it’s causing your child some discomfort, be sure to have gas drops in your medicine cabinet. The active ingredients in gas drops, simethicone, can help relieve gas and colic that is quite common in babies under a year old.
7. Saline Drops
Babies don’t know how to blow their noses yet and even some children under the age of 6 may still have difficulty with it. To help alleviate a stuffy nose and trouble breathing always have saline drops on hand.
8. Nasal Aspirator
A nasal aspirator is a great tool to use for sucking out stubborn mucus forming in your child’s nasal passages. It is ideal to use a nasal aspirator after applying saline drops to make the mucus easier to aspirate. Don’t do this for more than 3 times a day however, because more suctioning could cause rebound swelling.
9. Benadryl and Anti-Itch Cream
Benadryl and anti-itch creams like calamine lotions can help calm allergic reactions and insect bites. For an itch cream use one with hydro-cortisone or any other anti-histamine releaser.
10. Emergency Numbers
In any event that your child’s symptoms progresses it is better to have a list of emergency numbers in your medicine cabinet. Sure you could save it in your phone, but phone batteries die and phones get stolen so it’s better to have a hard copy of important emergency numbers.