When you’re pregnant you stock up on all sorts of things such as diapers, wipes, nursing pads, bottles, burp cloths, onsies, blankets and pacifiers. One thing most new moms forget to stock up on is the must-have for baby’s medicine cabinet! Babies get sick, the have allergic reactions to antibiotics, they get upset tummies and they get colds that you can’t give them cold medicine for.
It is better to get these ten essentials before the sickness comes, rather than running to the store when you’re tired from nursing all night and baby is sick. I am on baby number four and I learned after the first one to always have these on hand.
Ten Essentials for Baby’s Medicine Cabinet
This is a definite must-have because you never know when baby will get a fever in the middle of the night. I do not usually give my kids fever reducer unless their temperature is 101 or above because the fever is what fights the infection. When I do have to give them medicine though I alternate between this and number two on my list.
I am a lover of Motrin and Advil, I personally feel like it works faster and more effectively for pain and about the same effectiveness for a fever. When my kids get shots though, they get this beforehand and of course when they have ear infections or body pains this comes in handy.
Oh, how I wish I would’ve had this with my first child. She was so colicky and gas drops did nothing to help. This was a lifesaver with baby three! I cannot rave about this enough. Baby three was up all night all the time with stomach issues and this would work within minutes. It is the only gripe water that is an FDA-listed homeopathic medicine. Now I do want to warn you it is black and you do want to have a burp cloth under baby’s chin when you give them this medicine because it does stain things. It works so well though and you can give it every thirty minutes until baby seems to have settled. I found it to work very well and for a good amount of time.
Colic Calm was awesome for my son when he was younger and was tensing in tummy pain and screaming for hours. Gas Relief drops are awesome when they’re babies, but also as they get older. Thomas is 20 months now and I just had to give him some gas drops a couple of months ago because his tummy was upset and massaging it was not helping. I do know people who would add these to baby’s bottle, I just personally haven’t had to do this. I have had to give this in the middle of the night on many occasions though when Tom had tummy aches. It works quickly and is usually one dose is enough!
Vicks has been around for as long as I can remember and I always have this on hand. As a matter of fact, I have three adult tubs and two baby tubs in my medicine cabinet right now (only because Target has awesome deals on Vicks occasionally and I can’t pass them up). I do always have this though because my two boys have bad allergy issues during Spring and Fall. When their allergies act up they are typically up couching all night because of drainage. I can put Vicks on their chest and under their nose and they do MUCH better than on the nights I forget to put this on before bed.
Now this is not something I have had to use for every child of mine, but I used it often with Paxton. Like I said my boys have sinus issues and Tom’s issue is runny nose, Paxton on the other hand had stuffy nose. When he has a stuffy nose this is awesome. I can easily administer it and wait a few minutes and he can blow it all out, or when he was younger I could then suck it out.
Now I know not many people would include this in their list of things to have on hand, but Thomas has had three ear infections, Paxton had one and Kara never had any. They used to have a prescription ear drop that would ease the pain of ear infections, but they do not make that anymore so I found this after a week of Thomas’ first infection. This medicine gave Tom and me our first night of sleep in a week! Since then every time Tom has started showing signs of ear infection I love having this on hand because it works and eases the pain until I can get him into the doctor. I don’t know if you have the same luck as me, but my children only seem to have onset symptoms of anything in the middle of the night haha!
Antibiotics, immunizations, or even just getting into the wrong plants outside can all cause an allergic reaction. You do not want to be out of allergy medicine during any of the above instances, especially if your child is itching and covered in some red scary rash from head to toe haha. Kara and Tom seem to have allergic reactions to things a lot and Paxton has had every skin virus or infection known to man, so allergy medicine is totally a must! Kids get into all kinds of things, don’t be caught unprepared to handle it.
I know there are all kinds of thermometers on the market, I have tried A LOT of them. I have tried old school ones and love those because of the rectal option for newborns who won’t hold still and because of the accurate read you get that way. I have tried an ear one and the batteries just didn’t seem to last no matter how little I used the thermometer. Also, who the ear one, when you have a baby with an ear infection, good luck lol! I love the Exergen because it gives a more accurate read since it is detecting the temperature at the temporal artery. It is used in most hospitals, not this exact thermometer, but the Exergen brand. When you have a newborn and you are a new mommy, you will probably be getting up to check baby’s temperature all hours of the night to ease your mind and make sure he or she isn’t in need of Tylenol. With this thermometer, you don’t even have to move baby, you can just place the thermometer onto the head and within seconds you have the temperature. I have used this for the past three years and I wish I would’ve had it for the entire ten years I have been a mom. It is silent, accurate and simple to use!
I cannot tell you how often I have grinded a dropper in my disposal, lost a dropper to the mysterious dropper monster or just had to throw one out because the numbers disappeared. Until recently I didn’t know they sold packs of these at store haha, so unless I got a prescription or opened an infant medication I just had to make it work with medicine cups! I did see some at Walgreen’s about six months ago though and it not only came with the different dropper sizes, but this handy little insert you can put into medicine, like the Children’s Benadryl, that doesn’t have the tiny hole for a medicine dropper to easily suck the medicine through. This insert basically fits into the bottle and you just tip the bottle upside down to use the dropper as you would with any infant medicine.
What are some things you like to keep in baby’s medicine cabinet? If there is anything you’d add to the list please let me know in the comments below, I also love getting new ideas for helpful baby remedies!
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