It was very important to me to make sure I had a fully stocked medicine cabinet for my daughter before we brought her home from the hospital. You never know when their first fever or cold will strike. The last thing I wanted was to be making a Walmart run in the middle of the night with a sick baby. The number one thing I’ve learned when it comes to my daughter is that preparation is key.
I did a lot of research before she was born on what medications and products other moms found useful to help me decide what to stock up on. I combined that research with 3 months of mom experience to put together a list of what I have found to be medicine cabinet essentials for our daughter. All of the medications and supplies I am sharing with you are things that we have used on a regular basis with our daughter since she was been born.
Let me know what some of your go to products are to keep in your medicine cabinet for your little one in the comments below. Do you have any good mom tricks for taking care of a sick little one? Please feel free to share those in the comments below as well to help a mama out!
Infant Tylenol – Infant Tylenol is a staple in our medicine cabinet for our daughter. She had her first fever at only 9 weeks so Tylenol was all I was able to give her. It helped bring her fever down quickly. It is also convenient to have on hand for before/after their vaccines depending on your doctors recommendations. At 6 months you are allowed to start incorporating Infant Motrin in as well so we plan on purchasing that as that time gets closer.
Gripe Water – I originally purchased Gripe Water for our medicine cabinet to help with my daughters colic. I will admit that it did nothing to calm her fussiness, but it works miracles on her hiccups. She sometimes gets hiccups multiple times per day and they really bother her, but the Gripe Water stops them within seconds. It is a miracle worker.
Saline Drops – Our daughter has had a lot of congestion ever since she was born. On top of following her doctors recommendation to run a cool air humidifier we are also supposed to clear her nose out a few times a day. They had us use Little Remedies Saline Drops and they work like a dream. They work so well that sometimes we don’t even need to use a bulb syringe. I would definitely recommend adding these to your medicine cabinet.
Bulb Syringe – Your hospital *should* send you home with a bulb syringe after your delivery. After all, it is must have for your baby’s medicine cabinet. It is so useful that it will most likely be the first item that you end up using from your medicine cabinet for your little one. Like I mentioned earlier our little girl had a lot of issues with congestion. Her bulb syringe did the trick at clearing it most of the time.
Nosefrieda Snotsucker – There are times when a bulb syringe just isn’t quite strong enough to clear up your little ones congestion. This is where the Nosefrieda Snotsucker comes in. I’m the first one to admit that the concept initially made me a little nauseated, but when your desperate you’ll try about anything. The Nosefrieda is a medicine cabinet essential for me because it ALWAYS gets the job done. (PS there is a filter that stops the mucus from going into your mouth so I promise you are safe from your baby’s boogies).
Ear Thermometer & Rectal Thermometer – We invested in both an ear thermometer and a rectal thermometer for our medicine cabinet. I don’t like to use a rectal thermometer unless I’m fairly certain that she already has a fever because I know it is uncomfortable for her. Her ear thermometer is a great way for me to quickly check to see if she is running a temperature. If the reading comes back high then I use the rectal thermometer to get a more accurate reading before calling her doctor.
Alcohol Wipes – Alcohol wipes are a medicine cabinet must have during your babies first couple weeks at home. You will need to clean their umbilical cord stump at each diaper change until it falls off on it’s own. This took a little over two weeks for our daughter. I found that the most convenient way to clean it was to wipe around it with a small alcohol wipe.
Coconut Oil – We have found many uses for coconut oil while caring for our daughter since she has been born. We most frequently use coconut oil to help remove any cradle cap that pops up. I simply rub some coconut oil into the affected areas and let it sit for 5-10 min and then work to remove it and it always comes off. Another way that we use coconut oil is to lubricate her rectal thermometer before we use it.
Cradle Cap Comb – We purchased the Safety 1st Health & Safety Kit and the most useful item in it was the cradle cab comb. Once I have given the coconut oil time to soak in I use the cradle cap comb to gently comb out all of the flakes until it is clear. The cradle cap comb is a medicine cabinet essential for me because it has been the most effective tool at removing any cradle cap so far.
Aquaphor – Our daughter can be a bit of a messy eater and she has also entered into her drooling phase so keeping her clean can be a bit of a task. Despite our best efforts to keep our little girl clean she still managed to get small rashes under her neck from milk and drool that we missed. We were initially applying a small amount of diaper cream to the area, but it just wasn’t strong enough to clear up the rash. Our doctor recommended applying Aquaphor over the top of the diaper cream to really help clear it up. If your baby can be a bit of a mess like ours than Aquaphor is a medicine cabinet essential.