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Medicine Cabinet Supplies for Babies

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Whether your baby is healthy or sick, the medicine cabinet has likely become one of your go-to parenting resources. Here’s what you'll want to have at home to help keep your baby safe and well.

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Most of the time, you’ll just be treating minor bumps and scrapes, so stock up on baby safety essentials, like antibiotic ointment, tweezers, and gauze. Calamine lotion is also a good idea for certain rashes and insect bites. And while you’re at it, store an ice pack and self-adhesive bandages in a variety of shapes and sizes (and princess or superhero designs!).

In case of fever, keep infant preparations of acetaminophen and ibuprofen on hand, though it’s best to contact your pediatrician before administering them to your baby. Also stock some electrolyte solution, which you might need if your baby becomes dehydrated due to diarrhea or vomiting. Children’s cough syrup used to be a medicine cabinet staple, but lately experts have stopped recommending it for young kids. (Research shows that it doesn’t really help, and it poses a small risk of serious side effects.) Be sure to keep an eye on all expiration dates and restock as needed.

 
 

 
 
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When our little ones get sick or become injured, we want to help them, of course. And to do that we'll probably need some supplies on hand. Use this handy checklist to stock your first aid kit or medicine cabinet
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Our children are likely to have some kind of accident or injury at some point. So it's a great idea to learn how to help prevent accidents and how to respond in an emergency. Find out what to do when your child has a serious injury or accident.
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