IT'S STRESSFUL ENOUGH WHEN BABY GETS SICK... SO IT HELPS TO BE A BIT PREPARED FOR THOSE TEETHING / POST-JAB / high temperature NIGHTS

 

Please read the instructions and information leaflets carefully before giving any medicines to your baby, and make sure that you have purchased age-appropriate products.  And remember to keep out of reach of children!

 

1.  Infacol or gripe water.  Is your baby still crying unexplainably and uncontrollably between 5pm-7pm each night?  K found Infacol to be an immediate cure and was annoyed that she took six weeks to try it out!  Bring on the orange-y smelling burps.

2. Infant paracetamol such as Calpol.  Calpol infant suspension can be administered from 2 months, it helps bring babies' temperatures down when sick, post-injections and when teething.

3. Ibuprofen such as Nurofen baby.   While you shouldn't give your baby paracetamol and ibuprofen at the same time, you can alternate them (see the NHS advice here).  Do not give to children with chickenpox or asthma.

4. Calamine lotion.  Helps to soothe rashes, sunburn and chickenpox (apparently oats in a bath also helps with chickenpox).

5. Teething granules and/or teething gel to help relieve sore gums.

6. Vapour rub and/or Olbas Oil.  For babies over three months, to relieve colds and blocked noses.   You can put a few drops of Olbas Oil in a bowl of warm water in the nursery overnight.

7. Nappy rash ointment.  There are various brands, our favourite is Metanium.

8. Digital thermometer.  An ear thermometer such as the Braun Thermoscan gives an accurate reading.

9. Scissors, tweezers and nail clippers.  The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Baby Healthcare Kit  includes these items plus an oral thermometer, brush and comb and toothbrush.

 

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