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As moms, we are protective of our little ones. We want to take all of their pain away. For new moms it can be especially overwhelming when your little one get’s their first sickness or owie – trust me when I say it will be a huge relief already having these on hand.
I remember all too well holding my screaming newborn as I sent my hubby to the store late a night to grab gas drops for my poor baby.
Here are some important things to stock in your baby’s medicine cabinet:
Eventually, you will be able to tell if your little one has a fever just by kissing their forehead, but having a thermometer is super important to see how high their fever really is.
If it is under 100 degrees I don’t worry too much about it, but if it goes over that you may want to give them medicine or contact your doctor.
We ended up buying one of these thermometers that you swipe across their forehead. This has been great and now that my little boy is older he loves to have his temperature taken.
Babies skin is especially sensitive so try to keep them covered and out of the sun, but for on those fun outings make sure to grab your baby sunscreen and frequently reapply.
Every mama out there knows how it is to have a teething baby and if you are expecting a little one it can be super sad. Because of this, it is best to be prepared with the essentials. Orajel is one of the more popular pain relievers that you can use.
If you want a natural remedy, you can also use,
- Clove oil
- A frozen teething toy
- A cold washcloth
- Or a breastmilk popsicle
Check with your doctor before giving your child any new medicines
Similar to gripe water you also can use gas drops. My little boy had terrible infant gas and he would cry and cry for hours at night. The only thing that seemed to help at the time was gas drops. They were a lifesaver for us!
Diaper rashes can appear any time and are also very unpleasant to deal with. Always have diaper rash creams on hand. We personally use Boudreaux Butt Paste. It comes in a big tub or in a smaller tube. I recommend the tub for at your changing table and then one of the tubes to throw in your diaper bag.
Okay, this one I’m kind of torn on. I absolutely hated clipping my babies nails. One time I pinched my little boy’s skin and I felt like the worst mom in the whole world. After that, I resorted to biting his nails off until he was bigger.
However, some mommies don’t like the idea of biting off their kiddos fingernails so in that case you definitely need baby nail clippers. They are smaller and more precise than adult-sized clippers.
Boogie wipes have saline in them, which is better to use than regular tissues especially when wiping away snot. They are also very soft, gentle and won’t dry out your baby’s nose when they have a cold.
Baby pain relief medicine
Fevers and ear infections are inevitable for most babies and sometimes, they would need relief. When it comes to medicine like Tylenol and Motrin, it should be used according to your pediatrician’s advice or recommendation. You should also pay close attention to the dosages and time intervals.
A humidifier is great to have if you want to clear up any of baby’s congestion issues. This is especially beneficial during the winter months. The moisture that gets put back in the air can help prevent colds, cough, and sinuses.
You will be the sanitizer queen the first few months with your little one. These are used to keep germs and flu bugs from getting spread around. For the first couple months if someone wanted to hold my baby they had to use sanitizer first.
This is especially during the winter months where the flu and other viruses are more rampant, it’s important to stock up on this.
Bonus tip: Keep a bottle of sanitizer at your changing table so you can quickly sanitize before and after diaper changes. I was way too tired to go to the bathroom before and after each night time diaper change so this saved me!
Baby wash, shampoo, lotions
Baby shampoos and washes are made to not sting their eyes.
Hydrating creams like Cetaphil or Aquaphor are great for treating dry skin and protecting it from the harsh weather and temperatures.
You can put these in the nose to soften up the insides and then you can suck it out using a bulb syringe or something like a NoseFrida. The saline drops are great for getting the stuffiness to drip out.
Baby Nasal Aspirators
An aspirator is a device that will literally suck the snot out of your baby’s nose and relieve congestion. Most hospitals will give you a bulb syringe when you have your baby, but you may want to order a different one that you can open up and clean out.
Or you can grab something like the Nose Frida – I admit it is a really gross concept, but when your little one is sick and miserable, you’ll do just about anything for them!
Stocking your baby’s medicine cabinet might sound tedious and a lot for a tiny little human, but trust me, you’ll be glad you came prepared when your baby experiences discomfort, gets sick or has an infection. When it comes to your baby’s needs, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Bonus tip: Check out these 8 Mom Hacks For Sick Kids!