When your baby gets a cold or stomachache, you can't turn to your own medicine chest to treat it. Adult medicines are very dangerous for babies. Stock a separate supply of infant-friendly medicines and other necessities in the nursery bathroom. Your supplies should include:
Rectal thermometer: If yournewbornfeels warm, you'll need to take his or her temperature, and the best way to do it in babies under 3 months is with a rectal thermometer.
Bulb syringe: Babies can't blow their own noses, so you'll need to do it for them. Always keep a bulb syringe on hand to suction out excess mucus.
Infantnasal drops: Saline drops are another safe way to clear your baby's stuffy nose.
Baby oil for very dry, patchy areas onskinand scalp if they develop.
Gas-relief drops: When newborns cry uncontrollably and nothing seems to soothe them, sometimes the problem is gas. A few drops of gas reliever can relieve tummy troubles.
Wound cream: In case your baby gets a scratch or cut, have some wound ointment on hand. Afirst aidcream orbacitracinantibiotic is best for newborns. For infants under 6 months, check with your pediatrician before usingfirst aidcreams. Certain first aid creams contain an ingredient that causes a reaction in some babies.
Fever reducer such asinfantacetaminophenoribuprofen. Talk to your pediatrician to see what he or she suggests to keep in the medicine cabinet.
Many of the items in the children's section of the pharmacy are meant for infants more than 6 months old, so ask the pharmacist when in doubt.