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Checklist: Making a First Aid Kit for Baby

Hopefully it won't see much use, but this is what a fully-stocked first aid kit looks like.
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June 19, 2018
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Use this guide to stock your medicine chest or first aid kit, and you’ll be prepared for all of baby’s minor aches and illnesses. Always discuss medications and treatments with your pediatrician before administering them to baby.

  • Infant tooth brush
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Blunt scissors
  • Cotton balls (don’t use swabs to clean baby’s nose or ears)
  • Baby brush or comb
  • Baby thermometer
  • Medicine dropper
  • Bulb syringe/nasal aspirator
  • Petroleum jelly and sterile gauze (for circumcision care)
  • Saline nasal drops (AAP-approved in place of cough and cold medicine)
  • Baby gas drops (AAP-approved Simethicone)
  • Infant Acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol, safe after 12 weeks)
  • Antibiotic cream (safe for ages 2+)
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Another must for your list: A digital ear scope. SmartCheck™ from Children’s TYLENOL® is designed to capture and share recordings of your child’s eardrum with a healthcare professional to support a remote diagnosis, including a potential ear infection diagnosis, from the comfort of home. Simply attach SmartCheck™ to your iPhone® to turn it into a personal otoscope the next time your child is experiencing ear pain, so you may be able to skip a visit to the doctor’s office. Shop for SmartCheck™ on Amazon.

SmartCheck™ can be used on anyone 6 months of age or older; if your child is 6-12 months, ask your healthcare provider before use. Check phone compatibility restrictions before purchase as SmartCheck™ is not compatible with all iPhone® models.

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Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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