Congratulations, dad! You’re about to become a new parent. Get excited! You’re about to have the single most precious of the 360,000 babies that are born worldwide each day.
Of course, with the intense excitement of parenthood come new anxieties, too. What if something happens to the baby? She’s so fragile, what if you break her? These are natural concerns to have, but don’t worry- she won’t break.
This is especially true since there are precautions you can take to prevent any harm from befalling your new bundle of joy. One of the absolute best things that you can do is to create a baby first aid kit and carry it with you wherever you go. This way, if you have any kind of emergency, you’re prepared and can stop the situation from becoming worse.
That sounds great, right? You’re probably wondering what to include. Luckily, we’re going to answer that question today! Read on to learn the essentials that you want to include in your new baby’s first aid kit.
1. Baby Thermometer
The first thing you’re going to want to make sure to have with you is a baby thermometer. Usually these are thermometers with a blunt end (rather than a point) that are put into the baby’s ear to take her temperature. This is safer than a regular thermometer because infants won’t choke on it.
Having a thermometer is essential because infants can get ill really suddenly. If you’re out and your baby is crying more than usual, seems uncomfortably warm or cold, or is showing symptoms of illness, you can determine right away if they have a fever.
This will let you know what course of action you need to take.
While we’re on the topic, having appropriate health insurance for your baby is essential, too. Look into medicare coverage so you’ll be prepared if you need to make an emergency hospital run.
2. Infant Acetaminophen
If your baby becomes ill, one road you might want to take is the administration of infant acetaminophen. This is the safe-for-infants equivalent of the Tylenol you take when you have a headache. It comes in a liquid form that’s perfect for babies.
If after using the infant thermometer you determine that she does in fact have a fever, it’s probably best to just head to the hospital. But if you’re in a situation where this is absolutely impossible (hint: you probably aren’t) administering infant acetaminophen is a good idea. Plus, to be on the safe side, you can also give her some while in transit to the ER.
If your baby doesn’t have a fever, giving her acetaminophen is a good first step to take. You might not need to go to the ER. Give her some medicine and see if it helps. If it does, she probably has a cold and needs rest. If not, you’re back to the ER idea.
3. Bulb Syringe
You’re probably asking, ‘how do I administer the medicine, then?’ After all, common sense dictates that you can’t just hand a cup over to your newborn and expect her to take a swig.
That’s where the next item in your first aid kit comes in: the bulb syringe. This is basically a baby-safe rubber ball with a dropper at the end of it that drops of liquid can come out of. If you put the medicine into the bulb, you can just (gently!) hold your baby’s mouth open and put a few drops on her tongue.
Bulb syringes are good for a couple of other things, too. Stuffy noses can hurt your baby by making her less able to breathe. If she has a stuffy nose, a bulb syringe can also help suck up mucus and make her airways work better again.
Another fun fact: if you ask, your pediatrician will probably give you a bulb syringe for free! So why wait? Ask!
4. Blunt Scissors
Let’s switch gears a little bit.
It’s no secret that infants are natural-born adventurers. They grab things they pass by because they’re interested… and of course they are! They’re learning everything and taking in the whole wide world.
But if your baby grabs at the wrong thing, it’s easy for her to get her arm tangled up in a string or something similar. That’s important to take care of right away because it isn’t just uncomfortable- it can cut off blood flow and circulation.
A pair of blunt scissors should do the trick here. Make sure that they don’t come into any sort of point before including them in your first aid kit, though. Accidentally cutting her arm would be horrible!
5. Cotton Balls
Cotton balls are important to include in a baby first aid kit for a few reasons. First, when the baby is a newborn, cotton balls are a great way to clean up when changing her diaper. They’re comfortable for her and are unlikely to cause a rash or skin irritation like a swab or cloth might.
Cotton balls are also great to clean wounds if your baby cuts herself accidentally. You can use them to apply baby-safe antiseptic or to just clean dirt out of a cut by dabbing.
Create a Baby First Aid Kit
The idea of something happening to their child is any parent’s nightmare, but fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening. Creating a small first aid kit that contains the essentials and carrying it everywhere is one way to do this. Having proper insurance is also a must.
Now that you know how to create a baby first aid kit that’s sure to keep your little one safe, check out the ‘parenting’ tab on our page! Here, we’ll give you more tips on how to nurture your baby and help them grow into a happy and healthy individual.
Good luck and stay safe!