Must-Haves for Baby’s Medicine Cabinet

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If you’re looking for must-haves for your baby’s medicine cabinet, we have a quick list for you.

Your baby’s health is of the utmost importance. And while we, of course, recommend staying close to your doctor, it’s also a good idea to prep your home with the below key items to soothe some of the illnesses that might crop up during their first year of life.

*Please consult your physician for personalized medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.

Must-Haves for Baby’s Medicine Cabinet

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To treat minor bumps and scratches, have tweezers, antibiotic ointment, gauze, ice pack and bandages.

To accurately take your baby’s temperature, you’ll need a digital thermometer. Most doctors will decide their course of action based on a rectal temperature reading.

Ear thermometers also aren’t recommended for babies younger than six months. This article provides some helpful tips on how to use the thermometer.

To treat a fever, keep infant ibuprofen and acetaminophen on hand. The correct dosage amount can vary by your child’s weight, age and the specific situation you’re facing, so it’s very important to check with your pediatrician on dosing instructions before you administer these medications.

To treat dehydration (from vomiting or diarrhea): use rehydrating liquid, such as Pedialyte.

Other important items to have on hand:

Key things to remember:

Regularly check expiration dates, and replace medication as needed.

Have an open dialogue with your pediatrician about medications and treatments before your child even falls ill.