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Why You Need a Baby First Aid Kit
You probably think that you sweet, adorable baby doesn’t need a first aid kit or medical supplies. False.
Babies get sick- even little ones. And yes, they can get hurt too. I’ve accidentally dropped a fork on my sleeping newborn’s head (whoops, she was fine).
It’s best to have all of the core supplies at home, ready to go so that you have them easily accessible when you need them. No one wants to take a sick baby to the store for medicine or a thermometer- no one.
Baby First Aid Kit Essentials
Baby Nail Clippers– Few things cause me as much anxiety as trimming the nails of a newborn. The baby nail clippers have an excellent grip and smaller ‘clipper’ part and make nail trimming much more relaxed.
Blunt Scissors– These are probably the most used item in my first aid kit. They’re great for hangnails or getting little strings off of toes (yes, it frequently happens in socks), and even trimming nails if traditional nail clippers freak you out.
Cotton balls- You really shouldn’t use q-tips in a baby’s ear- don’t do it. Instead, wipe the outer surface of the ear with a cotton ball to get any visible wax build-up.
Baby brush or comb– A soft bristle brush works best for helping to gently exfoliate any dead skin on your child’s scalp (it happens). I like to use it in the bath with a little shampoo and lightly make circular motions over the area with the dead/dry skin.
Thermometer– Get a good thermometer. Nothing is worse than needing a thermometer and having one that doesn’t work. Here’s a whole guide on the different types of thermometers! We keep an ear thermometer and rectal thermometer on hand at all times.
Oral Syringe– These are the best for giving baby medicine. You have much more control over the liquid than you do with droppers. (pro-tip, shoot the medicine into the back pocket of the cheek slowly. It’s harder for babies to push it out with their tongues).
Tweezers– You’ll need a pair of tweezers to keep your baby’s eyebrows shaped up. Just kidding! Tweezers do come in handy though when you need to get something small (like a splinter) off of a tiny person.
Baby Comfy Nose– I love these things. They’re the best at getting the snot out of your child’s nose. And please, for the love of all things, do not use a bulb syringe for snot- the suction is too intense. Pro-tip- only use a nasal aspirator when you can SEE the snot, otherwise, you’re just going to irritate the nasal passages. Check out exactly how to deal with a runny nose.
Bulb syringe– Ok. I know I just said never to use one of these to get the snot out, but there is a place for them. If your baby is gagging on their spit up and can’t clear their airway, a bulb syringe is perfect. Place it in your child’s throat and suck the spit-up right out. The single-use ones from the hospital are great for this!
Petroleum jelly- Get a big ‘ole tub of this stuff. It’s the best for diaper rash, cuts, and all sorts of other skin issues that plague little babies.
Saline nasal drops– These are the only AAP approved remedy to help soothe a congested baby. Just use them in place of cough and cold medicine.
Baby gas drops– Babies have a hard time passing gas sometimes- and gas pains are a real thing. Simethicone is the AAP approved ingredient that you’re looking for.
Infant Acetaminophen– Grab some Tylenol for your kiddo. It’s safe to use after 12 weeks old.
Ear Hook– Yes, ear hook. This little magical device is excellent for getting visible wax out of little ears. We’ve even used it to get a pea out of a nose before. They’re very handy and often overlooked elements that every parent needs to have at home.
Contact Lens Solution– a Saline solution works well for cleaning off bums when baby has a massive rash and also for cleaning out wounds once they get older. The pressure behind the water when you squeeze helps to rinse away the gross stuff. Pro-tip: The peri bottle from the hospital would work great too!
For Travel or the Diaper Bag
You will want to keep a small bag of supplies with you at all times. I like to use a reusable sandwich bag inside my diaper bag. Here’s what I love to have on hand:
- Extra nail clippers
- Rectal Thermometer
- Hand Sanitizer
- Small jar of petroleum jelly
- Small bottle of contact lens solution
Now, take that premade infant healthcare kit off of your registry or out of your cart and make one you’ll actually use!
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