Recently our entire family got a cold (and the same time too). Coughing, sneezing, fevers, chills, you name it - we had it. When I called the doctors, they explained there was a virus going around and comforting our littles was very easy with products right from home. I’ve been on the other end of this phone call before when I didn’t have supplies to handle this situation and bundling up my sick little ones to drag them to the store was a terrible experience. This time though, I was prepared! Below is guide for medicine cabinet must haves for babies and toddlers. Of course, always consult your child's pediatrician before administering any medication and keep all medicine out of reach of children.
- Diaper rash cream - Little red bums caused by diaper rash in unfortunately inevitable for babies. Find a product with zinc oxide for soothing their irritated skin.
- Hydrocortisone Cream - This anti-inflammatory is mainly for eczema, itchy irritated skin or to treat bites.
- Petroleum Jelly - So many great uses for this item. From infant rectal thermometer coverage, to dry skin reliever, to cheap skin moisturizer, this product is a life saver.
- Teething Toys & Medicine - Teething toys are great to have in the freezer just in case, but if your baby is truly uncomfortable, a topical teething remedy can help.
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol) - Never use without doctors orders but this is a product many nurses and doctors will provide dosage information for at home use as it is more gentle on stomachs than ibuprofen. Always remember to use the measuring devise included with the medication and be sure to give the proper amount.
- Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) - Similar to above, this physician suggested medication is good to have on hand for fast pain and fever relief.
- Saline Nasal Drops - Made from salt water, these drops help loosen and clear stuffy noses. Toddlers can blow their noses after administering these drops, while babies will need additional help from a nasal aspirator (we recommend this one).
- Humidifier - Great for soothing upper respiratory infections that are bound to occur come the dry, winter months.
- Bandaids - Good tool to have on hand, and in various sizes. Use along with Neosporin for any boo-boos that may occur.
- Digital Thermometers - A digital thermometer can be used rectally for 0-6 month’s old and in the underarm for older babies, as well as under the tongue for toddlers.
- Rubbing Alcohol - For cleaning tools such as thermometers, tweezers and more.
- Nail Clippers - Kid’s nails grow fast so it’s important to have an infant sized nail clippers readily available.
- Tweezers - Good to have on hand in case of splinters or ticks.
- Cold Compress - Tumbles and falls are part of the walking experience. Have at least one of these in the freezer just in case.
Hopefully this list of medicine cabinet must have items for toddlers and babies help for the next time your family is sick.