By Mary Ellen Branna
For a new parent, the first time your baby gets sick can be a very scary experience.
That said, it's helpful to have a list of items on-hand so that you're prepared to
handle any health-related situation that you may come in contact with. However, be certain to call your
pediatrician before giving medications to a newborn and for medical issues that you are unsure of.
Have a list of phone numbers (including your pediatrician and local
emergency contacts) posted around your home, as well as stored in your
cell phone for easy access.
cotton-tipped swabs (to clean umbilical-cord area, not ears)
sterile gauze pads and bandage rolls (1-inch and 2-inch varieties)
sharp scissors with rounded ends
tweezers and a small packet of needles (for removing splinters)
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saline nose drops
cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier (to help clear stuffy noses)
thermometer--rectal (with short round bulb)
thermometer--digital rectal (easy to use on squirming bottoms)
thermometer--tympanic (for use in the ear; faster but more expensive)
thermometer--auxillary (underarm; faster but more expensive)
rubbing alcohol (to clean thermometers)
diaper rash ointment
ibuprofen (for use in infants 6 months and older)
syrup of ipecac