Here are my top 9 Essential items for your Baby Medicine Kit! (Outside of the obvious thermometer, and band-aids.)
When you become a parent it doesn’t take long to realize that Mary Poppins had the right idea with that bag of hers. She always had the answer in her bag! When your baby is hurting, sick, or not feeling well you just want to have something/anything to make them feel better. So, I learned to stock up. Below are some of my parenting tips for stocking your baby medicine kit.
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Baby Medicine Kit:
1. Pain/Fever Reliever – For fevers and teething, never let your pain/fever reliever run low. The last thing you want is at 2:00 a.m. running to the nearest 24-hour drug store for infant Tylenol or Motrin. For pain, I feel Motrin is the best. Stock up!
2. Cough Soother –For babies under one, there isn’t much you can do to help with their coughs or colds. However, once they turn one, a honey-based cough soother can help. I use Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s cough syrup.
I use it by syringe or spoon.
3. Little Remedies Gripe Water– You may be saying to yourself really? This is on your baby medical list? Yes. Trust me! When your baby is crying/screaming in the middle of the night, you don’t want to have to run to your nearest 24-hour store to get…well anything. (Why is it always at 2:00 a.m.??) Seriously, you will want this Gripe stuff on hand. Newborns will get gas or can have colic. So when they are screaming their little heads off use Little Remedies Gripe Water. It will help!!
**Here is a tip on helping ease gas, take a swaddling blanket and put it in the microwave for about 20 -25 seconds. It should be warm, not hot, and lay it on your baby’s stomach (over their clothes). The blanket will act as a heating pad and help soothe the cramps.
Hyland’s Baby Teething tablets – (Local grocery story should carry) It is homeopathic and dissolves on their tongue. Really seems to help. Sofia would actually use baby sign language to ask for this. *Recently edited 2.2.17
Recently due to the Hyland’s NIGHT TIME teething tablets containing the ingredient Belladonna, Hyland’s is/will be pulling both teething tablets from distribution. I thankfully never used the night time teething tablets. I still think if you can find a homeopathic teething tablet, without Belladonna, to use it. However, If you are still unsure, always ask your pediatrician or research the ingredients.
When your baby is teething, I feel you will give anything a shot to make them more comfortable. Frozen washcloths or frozen bananas never worked. The teething amber necklaces, sort of put a ding in it. Therefore, I used a combination of the homeopathic teething tablets (without Belladonna), baby Motrin( ask your doctor for dosage), and the baby nighttime Orajel, which worked wonders. *I did wait to use the Orajel until she was about 8 months old.
5. Fridababy NoseFrida Babies can’t blow their nose, so you gotta suck it out. Yes, I know it looks funky, but this is a game changer. Compared to those bulb plastic things, this actually works amazingly well. In no time your baby will be able to breathe through their nose again.
This helps with a stuffy nose. I make it a game with Sofia. So, this is the game, we both hold it and she thinks she is spraying it up her nose (she likes to have control) and then we spray mommy (pretend). Totally harmless as it is only saline spray and she laughs every time. She says it tickles her.
7. Baby nail clippers– Babies fingernails are razor sharp and they grow freaky fast. You for sure will use these.
8. Vicks baby rub– I can’t even remember how many times I have used this, especially at night time. Works great, put it on their chest, back of neck and tops of feet. *Please be advised that this product is meant for babies 3 months or older.
9. Benadryl cream or Hydrocortisone cream– I live on the west coast of Florida. There are bugs: ants, mosquitoes, gnat’s, etc. At some point, your baby will get a bug bite and very easily can get infected. As a result, when Sofia first got bit by a mosquito, her bites were so big they looked like welts and yes they got infected. Go ahead, try telling a 6-month-old not to scratch. Ha! By having this stuff on hand, it will quickly help ease the itching. In a pinch, you can also use calamine lotion.
These are my 9 essential baby medicine products I carry in my baby medical kit. Did I forget anything? What are some of your medicine kit essentials? Liked this list? Please comment or share with other parents!
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