Parenthood comes with so many joys and challenges. Every parent wants his/her child to be healthy and happy all the time. seeing your child uncomfortable or sick at any time of the day could be really stressful for every parent. Especially first time parents get really upset if their child gets sick and the feeling of not being able to convey what is wrong with that tiny little human could break you as a parent.
My son had his first sick days when he was about 4 months. we could not give him medicine so nebulizing was the only option as he was too young for oral medicines. No matter how strong you are as a parent, seeing your child helpless and in pain is so heartwrenching. In order to help new parents, I have come up with this list of essentials for baby’s discomforts and sick days. Some of them are medicines and some are tools you can use to help your baby feels so much better.
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Baby’s essentials for discomforts and Sick days
I am going to share my list for keeping your little human comfortable without her conveying about any discomfort she might be having.
This is the must-have for every parent to have it with you for your baby before her arrival. Monitoring temperature if you feel your child is too warm or uncomfortable is a good practice. You need to have it in your medicine closet at all times.
For rectal temperature monitoring, you need to have this one.
Ear thermometers are great and accurate. Your child would not be too much fussy getting it checked. Otherwise, you can use other digital ones just make sure it is safe for rectal use as well. If your baby’s temperature is more than 100.4 degrees you need to call your doctor.
In case your baby gets cold or you have too much heat on in your house, having a humidifier would be helpful in breathing. If your baby gets cold or flu, a humidifier is something every pediatrician suggests.
If you are using a warm humidifier, make sure you have a proper ventilation system. There is a high risk of having mold in your humidifier so you really have to be extra vigilant that it is super clean and safe.
However, you still have to make sure you keep it clean very often, because the water inside humidifier forms mold over a period of time, sure you don’t want that.
3. Baby Nasal Aspirator
This thing is a MUST for every parent to have it in your cabinet even before your child gets sick. While your baby is getting big and strong, he is developing his immune system and this will take time and it is very likely for your newborn to fall sick, however, this thing will help you suck out all those congested nose boogers which would not have them sleep at night.
Although using a manual Nosefrieda aspirator is a little tricky, my husband always did that for our kids and it is certainly a sanity saver. You can try the electric nose cleaner and it would be must easier.
4. Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is very common in babies, so you need saline drops to soften all those crusty boogers in your baby’s nose. Just spray 2 to 3 times in each nostril and this will help suck out all that mucus out of baby’s nose.
If you feel your baby has trouble breathing due to a blocked nose and she has trouble falling asleep, spray a few times and your baby would sleep comfortably.
Also when you notice baby is getting symptoms of a cold or stuffy nose, rub a little bit of Vicks Baby Rub on baby’s feet and put socks on. This remedy works best even for my 3-year-old.
For better sleep and less stuffy nights, using a chest rub may help through the night.
Boogie wipes are a must-have. Not only they help in keeping baby’s nose soft and doesn’t make it red due to multiple wipe offs but also it helps in cleaning crusty, mucousy nostrils.
You definitely going to need this when pollen allergies set in.
5. Fever Reducer
A fever reducer and pain reliever in your sick days kit is a must, but you should use it only if advised by your doctor. Tylenol and Motrin for infants are considered safe for babies and are over the counter medicines that can be used as a fever reducer, teething pain or as prescribed by your doctor.
When you are traveling on long flights, you must have to carry them with you.
Note: when you feed your baby any medicine as prescribed by your pediatrician, always dispense it with the help of a dispensing syringe on the side of your baby’s cheek. Dispense gently and do not do it straight in the throat. This could be risky in many aspects.
For babies aged 0 to 3 months, you can use a pacifier dispenser to feed the medicine.
6. Gas reliever
If your baby is formula-fed, you might be going to need this and when you are going to introduce solids, you have to have this. babies stomachs are tiny and it takes time to digest food and getting used to.
For my son, I had used Mommy bliss gripe water night time. I highly recommend that.
However, for my daughter, I had used Gas drops by little remedies. Whenever she gets uncomfortable at night or she ate something gassy, I gave her before putting her to sleep, so she doesn’t get upset at night due to stomach pain.
7. Windi for gas discomforts
You need this if your baby gets gassy and trouble passing it, then this thing will help your baby release the gas. Windi is getting popular among new parents.
Also, you can get this basic baby care kit by Fridababy that includes pretty much everything your baby needs.
8. Itch reliever
This is something I had discovered when my son had so much itchiness all over his body. When he was about 3 months he used to scratch so much that it bled. I had been doing everything but it was not getting better.
Although newborns have the right amount of moisture in their bodies naturally. You don’t need to apply lotion unless advised by your child’s doctor. But over the period of time, the skin starts getting dry, having it moisturized with organic coconut oil is a good practice though.
For my son, the coconut oil was not working any better at that time because his itchiness had gone really bad. Then I discovered Curel Itch defense lotion by another mom on google who was facing the same issue and swore by it. I had to give it a try and it WORKED. within a couple of days, he was all good. I highly recommend this for babies and adults.
There is no harm having it in your baby’s toiletries. If your baby doesn’t need it, you can use it for yourself.
9. Rash Ointment
Introducing formula, new food or whole milk, rashes are every baby’s story on this journey of life. After trying Desitin and a couple of other rash creams for my son, his pediatrician recommended A+D ointment. It has vitamins A and D which keeps skin soft and moisturized. Therefore, it is safe to use with every diaper change. It really works even with a one-time use.
You need to try this, I am sure you will not regret.
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10. Coconut oil or olive oil for baby’s massage
Massage is super soothing for babies just like adults. They sleep better, and they feel relaxed. Massaging the baby’s belly helps in releasing gas.
You can get this from Amazon, even TJ max snacks section has organic coconut oil. Be sure you get the organic one.
11. Easing constipation
Babies do get constipation just like adults do. Changing formula or anything new in the diet does make babies constipated.
My son had his first when he was about three months and he went about 5 days without pooping. At that early age, I didn’t want to give him any oral medicine. The only thing that worked at that time was vaseline petroleum jelly. I had applied vaseline on a clean Q-tip and inserted it in his rectal area.
Although I was really apprehensive to use something like that, and it actually worked and he pooped the same day. So yeah, if you are comfortable to use, you can try this method. It is always a good idea to keep a jar of Vaseline handy in your baby’s cabinet.
Here are some more remedies you can cure constipation in babies and children.
For new parents, you should check out my other post about baby’s first-year essentials.
If your baby gets sick or you have any concerns about your child’s health, you have to speak to your child’s pediatrician. If there is an emergency you need to call 911.
Do not use any oral medicine like Tylenol and Motrin without talking to your child’s doctor.
Comment and let me know what is in your baby’s sick days box?