Items Every Mom Must Have In Their Baby’s Medicine Kit
Hello all beautiful mothers out there!
Your baby’s health takes priority over everything else. A healthy baby is a happy baby, and a happy baby brings happiness to all. No one wants his/her baby to get sick, but a wise mom always stays ready for the misfortune. Mentioned below is a list of must-have medical items for babies, which need to be present in every home all the time.
1. Liquid Aspirin
Fever is a common ailment babies have to face at various stages of their growth. Since they are sensitive to harsh environmental conditions, babies catch colds and fever a lot quicker than adults. Also, at the time when babies grow their teeth, they start having frequent headaches. For such days, make sure you have liquid aspirin available readily. It helps reduce fevers and relieves pain caused by muscle aches, toothaches, headaches and common colds. The most common medicine which contains liquid aspirin and is effective in breaking a baby’s fever is Calpol. However, it is always wise to consult your physician before administering any medication.\
2. Antiseptic Ointment
Toddlers look really cute when they hobble their way to you or toddle across the whole house, but simultaneously, they call for trouble. In their enthusiasm, excitement and love for playing, they can easily get cuts and scrapes on their arms and legs, and in some cases, burns too. Mommies must ensure the availability of antiseptic ointments round the clock for such times. These ointments help speed healing process, relieve pain, discomfort and itching, and prevent infections. If the need arises, clean the cut with antiseptic spray and apply antiseptic ointment to soothe your baby’s pain. However, it is always advisable to consult a professional physician instead of going for self-medication.
3. Saline Solutions
When your toddler gets a cut, it is crucial to clean it at once to clear it of germs and bacteria which may cause an infection. It is generally said that hydrogen peroxide sprays are effective disinfectants. That may be so, but unfortunately, hydrogen peroxide is not a friend of your child’s skin; it is toxic to the healing cells in a wound. However, there are effective and beneficial alternatives available at the drugstore. The most viable option is saline solutions, mixtures of sodium chloride and water. They are effective disinfectants and are widely used to clean wounds. Get one ready all the time!
4. Calamine Lotion
Children are often affected by skin irritation and itching caused as a result of conditions like insect bites or stings, chickenpox, measles, eczema, sunburn and heat rashes. This causes great discomfort for the kids, and the situation may worsen if the child keeps scratching his/her skin. Calamine lotion is an effective remedy of all these problems. It alleviates and eases itchiness and discomfort, and also helps dry the oozing from eczema and poison ivy rash. With its topical application, calamine lotion is also invaluable for babies when they get diaper rashes. What is unique about calamine lotion is its complete suitability for babies’ skin. Remember to keep it in your house every minute!
Note: Consult a doctor or pharmacist before use.
Children love to play outdoor games. Even your 6 months old will get bored if s/he is kept indoors for a long period of time. But outside world has its own dangers, the biggest of which is….. Yes, sunburns! It is wise to keep your child away from cancer-causing UVA and UVB rays, but if there’s a need to expose your baby to the sun during peak hours, remember to apply a liberal amount of sunscreen on his/her skin if s/he is 6 months old or more. For babies under the age of 6 months, it is advisable to use physical barriers like umbrellas, hats with brims and sunglasses.
6. Dropper or Oral Syringe
Babies often fall ill, but the real problem arises when your baby is too young to take medication. It is possible that your baby hasn’t learned to swallow yet, but you have to administer the prescribed dosage of the medicine. For such instances, make sure you have droppers or oral syringes at your disposal. These tools are also invaluable in cases when your child refuses to take medicine. However, make sure you are giving medicine to your baby in small amounts to prevent gagging or getting the medicine inhaled into his lungs.
7. Sterile Bandages
As mentioned above, toddlers are more likely to get injured during playing or investigating the house 😉 Cleaning their wounds and dressing them properly are crucial steps towards the quick recovery of your child. Sterile bandages are very useful in this regard. These bandages control bleeding from a cut or other wound and besides being free from infectious matters themselves, also prevent any environmental contamination by bacteria and dirt. Keep a big wad of these at an arm’s length; you never know when you’re going to need them!
8. Nasal Aspirator
It is a worrisome moment for a mother to see and hear her baby sniff and struggle to breathe when s/he has a cold. A stuffy nose is a common problem babies have to face, especially during cold season or when pollen allergy is on the loose. What is more, your baby doesn’t know yet how to blow his nose to clear it. The result? A sniffling snotty little monster! Nasal aspirator is a must-have medical item to be kept in immediate reach to cope with such situations. It is a device that sucks the snot out of your baby’s nose in a matter of few seconds making him happy once again. It is cheap and really easy to use, so mothers need not worry about how to use it.
9. Ear Syringe
New moms have loads of concerns regarding their babies of which one is how to clear baby ear wax. They have already been warned of getting the eardrum of their baby ruptured if they insert anything in the ear. This leaves them wondering what to do. Ear syringes are extremely valuable in such situations. Use baby oil as softening agent and gently put it in your child’s ear with the ear syringe. When the wax is collected at the edges of your baby’s ear, gently clean it out with a soft cloth dipped in water.
10. Digital Thermometer
Fever rages wild in certain seasons and your baby is prone to fall a victim to it quite often. It is important to know what the exact temperature of your baby is, so that accurate medication can be administered. Keep a digital thermometer at your disposal since it is easy to use, easy to read and quite fast. Unless your baby is at least 4 years old, taking your child’s temperature won’t be an option, so it’s better to use the thermometer by putting it under your baby’s arm.
Babies are too important and precious to be ignored in any way. Their health condition must be checked regularly and the above-mentioned items are a must-have in this regard. Keep them close!
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