Your baby is sick. And the paediatrician in your area is out of town! What will you do now?
Panicking is obvious.
In such a situation, it’s advisable to take a primary action at home; to bring the situation under control before you visit another doctor.
A well-stocked medical kit is what you need at this hour. It helps you deal with the common baby ailments like rashes, bloating of abdomen, pains, and minor injuries effectively and quickly.
But, you don’t know what to keep and what not in your baby’s first aid kit!
Today, I will guide you on the ingredients that should comprise your baby’s medical kit.
#1 Babies’ non-aspirin liquid pain reliever like paracetamol or ibuprofen (for over 6 months old). Safety tips for giving paracetamol:
The correct dose for your child is based on his weight, not age. Check the medicine bottle for the dose for your child.
Don’t give paracetamol to a baby under 3 months without the doctor’s approval.
Shake the liquid medicine well before administering it to the baby.
Use the measuring device that comes with the medicine and don’t give more than the recommended dose.
#2 Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream for insect bites and rashes. Depending upon your area of residence, use methods for repelling insects from your home. Make your baby sleep under a mosquito net.
In case of any accidental insect bite or rash, rub the lotion/cream on the affected part.
#3 Antibacterial ointment for cuts and bruises
#4 Saline drops to loosen the mucus in his stuffy nose and a bulb syringe for drawing out the mucus
#5 Oral rehydrating solution (ORS) to prevent dehydration after vomiting and loose stools. Carefully read the instructions on the packet of ORS to know how much water to add for preparing the solution. Never add ORS to any other fluid like milk, soup or fruit juice.
Give this solution at the rate of 1tbsp every 10-15 minutes until vomiting stops and increase gradually until he can take in regular amounts without vomiting. Besides ORS, give zinc supplements in the form of syrup for the next 10-14 days.
#6 Gripe water or other anti-colic remedies to relieve bloating of the abdomen. To prevent the gas formation, abdominal pain or bloating of the abdomen, it is advisable to pat the baby on his back after each feed till he eructates. If required, give gripe water or other anti-colic medicines to relieve pain.
Also read: CSR method to relieve stomach pain in babies
#7 Diaper rash cream. Diaper rash is a condition where the child’s diaper area looks red with few prickly rashes or extensive red bumps when infected. A mild diaper rash can be easily treated at home. Clean and pat dry the affected area. Follow it with the cream.
The cream forms a barrier between the baby’s skin and wet diapers giving a chance for the skin to heal properly.
#8 Decongestant syrup to loosen any congestion in the chest.
#9 Ipecac syrup to induce vomiting in a child in case he ingests any indigestible item.
There is something more to a well-packed medical kit!
- An infant thermometer
- Rubbing alcohol to clean the thermometer
- Cotton swabs
- Tweezers for removing splinters and ticks
- Gauze rolls, gauze pads and adhesive tape for making bandages
- An oral syringe or a medical dropper for administering medicines to the baby
- A heating pad for minor aches and pains
- A cold compress to reduce any swelling that accompanies an injury
- A small flashlight to peek into your baby’s ears, nose, and mouth
- Cotton baby wipes to clean the area each time the baby passes a stool
- A pair of latex gloves
- A bottle of cleansing liquid and antibiotic solution for cleaning the wound
A step-by-step guide to preparing your own medical kit!
Though commercial medical kits are available in pharmacies, the best first aid kit is the one you prepare for your baby. Because a mother knows best what suits him and what not.
Finally, I want to say…
A medical kit is a must in every home even if your paediatrician is always on a call. It not only helps to deal with the emergency situations but helps to tackle them at home before visiting the doctor. It saves much time and efforts… Click To Tweet
The best times to prepare your baby’s medical kit are 1-2 months before your due date of delivery and always keep it handy after delivery. Always consult your paediatrician if you are doubtful over any item in the list.
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