Getting ready for a newborn is exciting – and a little daunting. Walk through the “baby” aisles in any store and you’ll see hundreds of products you could bring home. Aside from safe strollers, ‘Ohh so adorable’ onesies and kissable mittens, it’s important that your medical box / medical draw is all stocked up and new born ready.
- Digital thermometer (most can be used rectally or in the armpit). I use the Dr.Morepen Thermosmart Infrared Thermometer.With it’s non-contact infrared technology, this thermometer lets you know the temperature a few centimetres away from a person’s body, minimizing the risk of infections. It is also ideal for measuring the temperature of bathing water and feeding bottles.
- Gripe water, anti-gas drops, or other gas or colic remedy. While I haven’t used the drops as yet, my kit has a bottle of Colicaid Drops for Infants. Available at any medical store. Everything You Need To Know About Colic In Infants
- Bowel movements tend to vary a great extent in the initial few weeks. Keep sachets of Econorm or Sporlac in your kit. These powders are pro-biotic of lactobacilli that help to populate the small intestine with beneficial bacteria.It normalizes the presence of intestinal flora and helps in the control of diarrhea.
- Vitanova D3 Drops. This vitamin is an essential component in our body, which helps in the absorption of calcium and phosphates from the bowel. It is vital for keeping bones and teeth healthy.
- With winter babies, a key concern for all new moms is cold, cough and congestion. Always keep a bottle of Maxtra Drops or Otrinoz Baby Nasal Drops in your kit.
- Acetaminophen (better known by the brand name Tylenol) can help soothe your child’s fever and relieve pain. The correct dose for your child is based on weight, not age. Always follow the weight – dosage chart before a dose. Don’t give acetaminophen to a baby under 3 months without a doctor’s approval.Infants’ and children’s liquid acetaminophen (both labeled “oral suspension”) have the same concentration: 160 mg per 5 ml. The only difference is that the infant version comes with a syringe and the children’s version comes with a cup.
- Antibacterial ointment for cuts and scrapes
- Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks.
- Bulb syringe for drawing mucus out of a stuffy nose. Nuby’s Medical Kit is what I picked. It’s compact and has everything you would need handy . This kit includes: Sure-Dose Medicine dropper for accurate dosage measurement in both teaspoons and millilitres (ml). A Medi- Nurser for easy, neat and accurate way to administer oral medicine or vitamins to your baby. Administering medicines from Medi-Nurser bypasses most of the taste buds and reduces baby’s ability to smell the medication.Nasal Aspirator with Ear Syringe – this simple, effective procedure uses the gentle suction provided by first squeezing the bulb portion of the aspirator then placing the end gently against baby’s nostril and releasing the pressure on the bulb. Clear any matter from the tip after each suction. The travel cap is perfect for safe, clean storage or serves as a measuring cup for easy and quick medicine dispensing.
- Adhesive bandage strips in various sizes and shapes.
- Gauze pads (2 x 2 and 4 x 4 inches) for making bandages or applying pressure to cuts to stop bleeding.
- A pair of sharp scissors for cutting gauze and tape.
- Cotton balls for applying liquids (like calamine lotion), hot water cleansing before a diaper change and for cleaning supplies with alcohol.
- A small flashlight for checking your baby’s nose, ears, and mouth.
- A pair of baby nail clippers or a small nail file for trimming your baby’s nails. The First Years’ Comfort Deluxe Kit has everything you will need.
While most of these products are tried, tested and recommended – it is always advisable to discuss medications and treatments with your pediatrician before giving anything to your baby.
Tell me if I have missed covering something in my medical checklist in the comments below.