If you have a small baby, you definitely need to have your baby medicine cabinet stocked up at all times.
Welcoming a new baby in your home is such a blissful period. You get to know each other, learn baby’s routine, and look forward to that first smile, the first time he sits, his first step…
However, there comes that awful first time, a time when your little one is unwell. Be it a nappy rash, fever, or congestion.
It’s heartbreaking. You feel helpless.
There is nothing that compares to the agony you feel when your little one is ill. This is the time where you wish you could just cuddle your baby and take his pain away.
You can never really be emotionally or mentally prepared. But what you can prepare though, is a medicine cabinet to help you to deal with baby’s ailments at home.
When your baby feels sick, you want to avoid having to go search through the pharmacy aisles looking for medication when you should be looking after him instead.
Stock your baby medicine beforehand.
How do you know what medication you should have inside the cabinet?
I’ve got you covered.
Let’s go through the list together
What Every Baby Medicine Cabinet Should Have
Here is a list of medicine cabinet items you want to always have for those unforeseen times when baby gets sick or injured.
1. Medication for Pain and Fever
Acetaminophen, sometimes referred to as Paracetamol or Tylenol, comes in very handy when a baby has a fever and pain.
Make sure you administer the proper dose and at the right time intervals as it can make baby drowsy.
Acetaminophen (Paracetamol / Tylenol) is given to babies younger than 6 months.
Ibuprofen is considered unsafe for babies younger than 6 months and is therefore only given after baby is 6 months old.
Do make sure to talk to a doctor before you give medicine to your baby.
Keep in mind that if your little one is younger than 3 months old and feels unwell or has a fever, you should take him straight to a doctor instead of treating him at home.
For days when your baby has a fever, you are going to need a thermometer to monitor his temperature. You have to check his temperature every now and then to see if it’s going down or rising to dangerous levels.
I have used a digital one before but personally, I prefer an ear thermometer.
What bothers me with using a digital thermometer is that to get a really accurate reading it’s better to take the temperature rectally. I don’t like that so I would take the temperature on the mouth or under the arm.
It used to be such a struggle as my daughter grew older because she would take off the thermometer while I was still taking the reading.
That is why I’d rather use an ear thermometer. It’s quick. But like I said, it’s a personal preference, you can use whichever type of thermometer you like.
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3. Chest Rub For Congestion
When your little one is congested and has cold symptoms, use a chest rub to provide relief. It’s an old tradition but it works. I use a chest rub as well when I feel under the weather.
Just make sure you get one that is suitable for your baby’s age. Chest rubs suitable for small babies contain natural ingredients like lavender and eucalyptus.
Don’t go for chest rubs that contain menthol and camphor as these ingredients are considered unsafe for babies younger than 2 years old.
I once bought a small tub of Baby Vicks Vaporub for my daughter and her doctor discouraged us from using it.
If you are going to use a chest rub on your little one, talk to your doctor first.
4. Saline Drops
Seasonal changes have a way of affecting a baby’s nasal passages.
It gets even worse when the baby is allergic to hay or pollen. Dry air also contributes. Always have saline drops in the medicine cabinet to help clear and thin out built-up mucous in my baby’s nose.
5. Nasal Aspirator
Small babies can’t take out snort in their nose, and the more it stays in there, the more their small noses become stuffy.
It’s irritating and uncomfortable for your little one.
You will need a nasal aspirator (sometimes called a bulb syringe) to help take all that snort out.
Even when you use a saline solution to dissolve the mucous blocking his nose, you are going to need a nasal aspirator to suck that mucous out.
Get yourself this Safety 1st Healthcare And Grooming Kit, 25 Piece. It includes a nasal aspirator, a medicine dispenser, and a digital thermometer. An absolute must-have for every baby medicine cabinet.
I love getting more necessities with one purchase, so this set is a no-brainer. The set comes with a nail clipper and emery boards, two combs, plus a cute bag to store everything.
6. Insect Repellent
Isn’t it funny how mosquitos always target babies out of the whole family? Have an insect repellent spray or ointment at hand to keep mosquitos and their friends at bay.
We live in an area surrounded by trees and attracts a lot of mosquitos. Sadly, they always pick my dear daughter as a target. An anti-mosquito stick keeps them at bay.
Talk to your doctor about what to use when your baby is younger than 3 months.
Be sure to use a mosquito net, dress your baby in long sleeves, and avoid being outdoors in the evening when the mosquitos are out.
7. Insect Bite Ointment
Ask your doctor about a suitable cream or ointment you can use if your baby gets bitten by an insect.
Babies are different and react differently to medication. Don’t take a risk and use something another mom has used on her baby.
It’s always best to get the recommendation of a medical professional for anything you use on baby’s skin.
You will find lots of advice to use hydrocortisone cream or calamine solution on insect bites. It’s still better to get your doctor’s go-ahead.
My daughter has sensitive skin so I always know what works for other babies might not be best for her.
A wrong ointment or cream can easily worsen a simple rash and turn it into something needing a trip to the emergency room.
8. Electrolyte Solution for Dehydration
A rehydration solution is vital in cases when a baby has diarrhea and loses lots of water in his body.
Give an electrolyte solution, with the advice of your doctor, of course, to replenish all those lost fluids.
9. Medicine Spoon / Dropper
It’s very critical to give baby medicine in the dosage specified. Get yourself at least 2 medicine spoons to give your baby medicine in proper doses.
You can also use a medicine dropper or medicine syringe if you prefer. In the first months when baby is still small and hasn’t practiced using a spoon yet, it’s easier to use a dropper or a syringe.
10. Cotton Pads or Balls
Besides cleaning the baby’s face in the first months, use cotton balls or pads to clean your baby’s cuts and scratches, insect bites, and rash to avoid infection.
11. Teething Pain Relief
Before you know it, your baby will be teething. Keep teethers in the medicine cabinet to use for comfort.
If you like, you can also stock up on teething powders or gel to relieve your baby from pain and discomfort.
Believe me, with everything that keeps you busy when raising a baby, it skips your mind and you only realize you don’t have any teething pain relief when your baby starts scratching his gums.
If you find yourself wanting, use these teething hacks to relieve teething pain.
12. Nail Clippers
Clippers come in handy when you need to keep your little one’s nails short. Sometimes babies scratch their faces and bodies while playing.
If your little one has dry skin or has eczema, he will scratch himself for comfort. You want to cut his nails to avoid cutting his skin and making it prone to infection.
Another thing, long nails trap dirt and germs. You want to protect your baby from these.
This will be your best friend if you stay in a hot and dry area, or a cold place where you need to use heaters to keep warm.
Heat strips out moisture in the air. And if your little one is sensitive to dry air, you will thank yourself for getting a humidifier. It adds back moisture in the air and can also help relieve congestion.
A humidifier will also come in handy if your little one has eczema or suffers from dry skin.
Dry and heated conditions are cruel on eczema-prone skin. A humidifier will help replenish lost moisture on baby’s skin.
The Safety 1st 360 Degree Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier is my best pick by far.
Most babies love being outdoors. Chances are high that your baby loves or will love being outside as well.
Plus we all need a good dose of Vitamin D :-).
To reduce the effect of harmful sun rays on your little one’s delicate skin, always have baby sunscreen available.
Choose one suitable for babies, and always go for a higher SPF, e.g. SPF 30 and higher.
15. Alcohol Solution/ Rub
Use an alcohol solution to wipe clean and disinfect nail cutters and thermometers after each use.
I also make sure I have a sanitizer close by to disinfect my hand and also give to anyone to do the same before touching my baby.
You can never be too careful when it comes to these little ones.
16. Prescribed Medication If Baby Has
If your little one is taking any prescription, make sure you always have the medication in the cabinet.
Keep a reminder for when you have to collect the next prescription.
17. First-Aid Kit
With a well-stocked baby medicine cabinet, all that is left is a first aid kit.
And no, a medicine cabinet and a first-aid kit are not the same thing, as I used to think ha-ha!
You don’t have to get a big one, a basic first-aid kit will do. Inside will be items like bandages, gauzes, and tweezers to deal with physical injuries e.g. cuts, scratches, etc.
Be cautious with bandages with small children though. They like fiddling with them, and if they come off, they pose a strangulation hazard.
Baby Medicine Cabinet Safety Considerations
- Always check with a medical professional before giving any medicine to your baby
- Keep all medication and hazards out of your baby’s reach
- Chuck out expired medicine
- Always check the age restriction of any medication before giving to your baby.
- Give the correct dose. Check similar ingredients in other medicines to avoid overdose
- Always read and follow instructions on the medicine label
- Have emergency numbers at hand
- Consider getting first-aid training
- As your little one gets older, teach him that only you or another adult can give him medication. He can’t drink it by himself and it’s not candy!
- Take your baby to the doctor if he gets worse
- Always ask beforehand e.g. when leaving the hospital, how to deal with minor baby ailments before they happen.
- If your baby has an allergic reaction, ask your doctor for recommendations before taking over the counter medications
- Trust your gut. If you feel your baby needs to go to the doctor then take her
Is Your Baby Medicine Cabinet Ready for Baby’s First Illness?
Stocking a baby medicine cabinet can make you feel weird. Like you just can’t wait for your baby to get sick.
You aren’t a weirdo. No.
You are simply trying your best to prepare for days when your little one is unwell.
Instead of rushing out in the middle of the night to get your baby medicine for fever at the local chemist (if they will be open even), get it beforehand and have peace of mind knowing you are covered.
This will keep you calm and you’ll be able to treat and comfort your baby to feel better.
It can be very overwhelming to see your baby feeling unwell and there’s nothing you can do to make him feel better.
Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet takes half the weight off your shoulders and lets you deal with what’s most important, getting your baby to feel better.