When there’s a baby in your home, it’s very important that you keep everything in order. In the same way that you babyproof the house, you also need to make sure that there is a first aid kit and certain baby-friendly medicines in your cabinet. Because of compromised immune system, babies are more likely to fall sick when compared to adults so here are a few things that you need which will really help in case of emergencies:
1. Digital thermometer - These type of thermometers are more accurate than a mercury thermometer and also easier to read.
2. Baby pain relievers - Liquid form like acetaminophen if below 6 months of age and ibuprofen if older.
3. Antibacterial topical ointments that can help with cuts and scrapes from being infected.
4. If your baby is prone to colic and gas, gripe water will really come in handy.
5. For teething babies, a pain relief gel prescribed by the doctor.
6. Hydrocortisone cream that can be used in case of skin rashes or insects bites.
7. Saline drops (with doctor’s prescription) and a bulb syringe to that can be used after saline drops to clear our the mucus.
8. A small heating pad to use if your little one has muscle pain or aches.
9. A cold compress that will come in handy when there’s a swelling or bruises.
10. Sticky bandages for minor bumps and cut. Gauze rolls, Gauze pads and adhesive tapes for bandages.
11. A dropper or an oral syringe to administer liquid medicines.
12. Lots of cotton balls to apply topical ointments and rubbing alcohol to clean syringes, thermometers and scissors.
13. Baby-friendly electrolyte solution that can be used when the child is vomiting frequently. (Generally, these solutions/powders should be refrigerated).
Apart from the above-mentioned necessities, it is also good to have other baby-safe products like sunscreen, insect repellent, shampoo, soap, and moisturizer.
To make your work easier, also get yourself:
1. A small pair of sharp scissors - To cut the gauze, tape, bandages and so on.
2. Baby nail clippers - To trim your baby’s nails.
3. Tweezers - To tend to small cuts and scrapes.
4. A flashlight - To have a better look at the eyes, mouth and nose.
5. A rattle toy - To distract the child while you medicate her.
Keep all of the above-mentioned things in a box that is accessible to you at all times. Everytime you travel with your baby, don’t forget to carry this box with you.