Medicine cabinet must-haves

Use our handy checklist and stock up before baby gets their first cold. 

It’s inevitable: baby will get sick. And no matter if it’s a cough, cold, stuffy nose or fever, you’ll want to do everything you can to help make baby feel better. Having some basic items on hand and ready to go will make you feel more prepared. And, you’ll be able to access them right away (no running out to the store in a panic) if you need them. Of course, you should always talk to your pediatrician about treatment. And remember, you know your baby best. You may just get a feeling that something is off; maybe your little one is lethargic or just not themselves. Listen to your gut, and call the doctor.   

  1. Infrared Thermometer. 
    A kiss on the forehead can help you tell if baby is warm. And an easy-to-useno-touch thermometer can confirm your suspicions and tell you if it really is a fever. If baby is under three months and has a fever, call your pediatrician right away.  
  2. Fever Medication  
    Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are fever care basics. If baby is under age 2, call your doctor before giving any medication. If your child is over age 2, dosage is best done by weight.  
  3. Saline Nose Drops or Spray  
    Baby can’t blow her own nose so she needs your help. Stuffy nose treatment begins with saline drops or spray. Squirt in baby’s nose and then gently remove mucus using an infant suction bulb aspirator. 
  4. Suction Bulb Aspirator/Nasal Syringe 
    You may have received one of these handy soft nasal syringes when you were in the hospital. The tip slips into baby’s nostril and then with a simple squeeze you can gently suction out mucus. 
  5. Wipes 
    Wipes are handy to have around when baby’s got a runny nose. Because they’re premoistened, they’re gentler than standard facial tissue. And, they can be used to wipe baby’s hands as well.  
  6. Cool Mist Humidifier 
    cool mist humidifier adds moisture to the air to help relieve crusty mucus buildup. For safety, make sure the humidifier is placed on a surface that baby can’t reach. 
  7. Hand sanitizer 
    This one’s for you. It’s nice to have a bottle of hand sanitizer nearby in case you can’t make it to the sink to wash your hands right away.