With the little ones around, you’ll never know what to expect. However, fevers, stuffy noses, rashes and random bumps will definitely be routine affairs. To avoid the late-night emergency pharmacy runs with an unwell baby, be prepared with a well-stocked medicine cabinet to whip out for the inevitable discomforts and common baby ailments that’ll happen at the most odd of timings (2am stomach aches, anybody?).
Before diving into this list, do remember to always consult your child’s paediatrician or the family physician before administering any medication, and to check the expiration dates on perishable items frequently and replace them upon expiry.
Digital Baby Thermometer
If baby is feeling feverish, then you’ll want to confirm his temperature before deciding on your next course of action. While there are plenty of thermometers for babies in the market to choose from depending on your child’s age and budget, parents with infants under three months should stick to rectal thermometers for safe and accurate readings.
Baby Nail Clippers
It is important to keep bubba’s nails neatly trimmed – a task you might have to do perform more than once a week – to prevent him from scratching himself. A good pair of baby nail clippers will help you in this tricky task. If you’re afraid of nicking the baby’s fingers, the specially rounded blade ends and extra grip around the handles will help you manoeuvre the curve of the fingertips easily.
Infants aren’t able to blow their noses so help baby get some quick relief from a stuffy nose with a nasal aspirator. Bulb syringes are the most basic and cost friendly option to get the job done, but there are plenty of alternatives in the market you could look at. You can also use the bulb to help clear milk from baby’s nasal passage should he have a choking spell while learning to feed.
Saline Nasal Drops
For babies who have hardened up mucus, parents might want to apply some saline into the nostrils to loosen up the boogers before using the nasal aspirator.
To help sick bubba eat his medicine on time and in the right spoon, use a medicine syringe instead of a dosage spoon. This ensures the medicine goes down entirely into your child’s throat without too much hassle.
Petroleum jelly is a great substitute for dry skin and eczema in a pinch, and can even be applied on diaper rash to protect skin from urine and stool.
Baby Gas Drops
They might not look it, but babies are surprisingly gassy. If burping bubba (or trying other gas-expelling methods) isn’t working out, you can try some Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications to help soothe him. Ask your paediatrician or pharmacist to recommend one, and make sure baby isn’t allergic to its ingredients.
Babies that are fussing or feeling uncomfortable due to fever can be given paracetamol or ibuprofen. As usual, do check with the paediatrician on dosages and additional instructions before administering to your child.
Chinese Traditional Oil
An alternative to administering baby gas drops, Chinese traditional oils such as Ru Yi Oil is believed to be able to dispel wind. As its formula is quite strong, make sure not to apply oil directly onto bubba’s skin. Instead, rub a few drops onto your hand before massaging it on. Also, do patch tests beforehand to ensure skin irritation doesn’t occur.
Oral Electrolyte Solution
Replenish vitamins and minerals, and help prevent dehydration in children who are suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting with electrolyte solutions. Consult with your paediatrician on the appropriate dosage and duration before administering to your child.
Instant Cold Compress
A sure fire way to reduce the swelling that comes with minor bumps and bruises or insect bites, toss a few cold compressors into the freezer so you’ll be ready anytime.
Disinfect minor scrapes or cuts easily with antiseptic creams before dressing the wound accordingly.
Diaper Rash Cream
Diaper rash is a common skin problem that is as easily treated as it is preventable. Soothe bubba’s inflamed skin easily with a diaper rash cream that contains zinc oxide – the ingredient acts as a barrier against moisture that causes the painful rashes.