Must-Have Medicine Chest Essentials For New Parents
Taking care of a newborn can be challenging. In fact, going home with that little bundle of joy can be quite terrifying the first time around, especially if you’re feeling unprepared. This is why it helps to cover all your bases and have the necessary tools on hand to keep your baby comfortable, healthy and safe once you’re back home. The following list of medicine chest essentials will equip you to take care of a host of common newborn ailments*.
Dependable thermometer + fever medication
Fevers are scary in tiny babies. Invest in a high-quality electronic thermometer that gives an accurate reading. Test it on yourself a few times before baby comes, so you can be sure it works. The next thing is fever medication like Calpol or Panado Infant Drops. Please note that you should never administer any medication to a newborn without the express instructions of your paediatrician. They are likely to recommend these medications, but always check before.
Baby-safe tweezers + a nasal aspirator
A stuffy nose is no fun, even if you’re a grownup, so imagine how debilitating it must feel to a baby who doesn’t have the wherewithal to clear their own nasal passages. Baby-safe tweezers will help you to remove any stubborn solid matter, while the nasal aspirator is the better option when you’re dealing with runny mucus. The bulb version of the aspirator is commonly available, but you now also find battery-operated models that provide gentle suction for a faster clean.
Fun ice pack + a topical antibiotic ointment
It may be a while before your baby starts running around, but bumps and bruises will happen. Have a fun ice pack (e.g. in the shape of a teddy bear) on hand to ice down any bumps. A topical antibiotic ointment may be used on minor cuts and scrapes after cleaning with warm water and a mild hypoallergenic soap.
Having these medicine chest essentials on hand when you arrive home with your baby should give you the tools and confidence to take care of minor medical emergencies that may arise. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more advice on keeping your family happy and healthy.
*The information contained herein is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment in any manner. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.