When it comes to anything related to a baby, nothing works better than a “mother’s instinct”. If you feel there’s something wrong with your child’s health, it most probably is. But, rushing to a paediatrician is not always the right thing to do. Many times, you can make your baby feel better all by yourself by using specific medicines handy with you.
So, keeping at hand, the medicines a baby might need is a good thing to do! If not anything else, it gives you the confidence that you can take good care of your baby, in sickness and in health. Let’s take a look at medicines you should keep handy.
Common medicines to stock at home
Having low immunity makes a baby susceptible to infections. The most common of them are ear infections, urinary tract infections, infections in the stomach. All of these infections cause mild to severe pain and sometimes, fever. Getting vaccinated also brings about a fever in most babies.
Paracetamol drops are the most commonly used medicine that works very well to relieve the baby of pain and fever. So, keeping paracetamol drops at home is a must.
Gas Relief Drops
Blame it on the immature digestive system, building up of gas in a baby’s stomach is extremely common. This leads to extreme discomfort and pain which makes the baby cry uncontrollably.
Of course, as a mother, this is very difficult to see. You need an instant solution. Gas relief drops act within minutes of administering them and give quick relief to the baby. That’s why they are rightly called a mother’s best friend!
Breathing through the mouth is second nature to us. However, babies cannot do this yet. They can only breathe through their nose. Hence, a stuffy nose makes it difficult for the baby to breathe and feed as well. Saline nasal drops are perfectly safe medicine to use in such cases. Made up of sterile salt water, they clear up the nasal block instantly and bring relief to the baby.
While saline drops work very well in case of a nose block, sometimes, a cold becomes severe leading to cough and accumulation of phlegm. A decongestant works like magic in such cases to clear away all the accumulated mucus. Hence, keeping it as part of your baby’s medicines is a must!
Babies love exploring the world around them by putting everything they come across in their mouth. Though keeping a clean home and sanitising baby’s toys go a long way, sometimes, babies end up with a stomach bug. Vomiting or diarrhoea can be dangerous for babies and replacing the lost fluids and electrolytes is extremely important.
Keeping a baby-specific electrolyte at home helps in keeping the baby active and hydrated.
Diaper Rash Cream
Staying in diapers the whole day gives babies a rash sometimes. This can vary from a slight rash to a severe one. In any case, as soon as you see redness in the diaper area, it’s a good idea to apply a thick layer of a diaper rash cream to avoid any discomfort to your baby.
Applying the cream at the earliest ensures that the rash is contained before it spreads or becomes severe.
Allergies in babies can be scary. That’s because sometimes they are so severe, that the situation becomes life-threatening. The most unpredictable thing about allergies is that they can happen from anything- food, weather change or even from dust.
Giving the baby anti-allergic drops immediately helps in controlling the symptoms to a great extent.
Ointment for burns
A baby having burns is a very rare scenario, but keeping the ointment handy never hurts, right?
A baby’s skin is extremely sensitive. Even touching really hot water by mistake can cause damage. Hence, keeping an ointment for burns is important.
So, those are the 8 most commonly used medicines for babies. Keeping them handy is one thing and administering the right dose is another. Always, check with your doctor and be sure about the dosage before giving it to the baby.
And of course, if you feel your baby’s condition is not under control even after giving the medicine available with you, do rush him/her to a paediatrician.
Ayu Health is associated with some of the most experienced paediatricians that you can come across. This combined with state-of-the-art facilities available at every Ayu Health, you can be rest assured that all of your child’s needs will be well taken care of.
Not only that, but Ayu Health also brings you the expertise of paediatricians right to your home through hassle-free online consultations. Simply visit the website or contact 08069489584 through call or WhatsApp, set up your appointment and complete your consultation from the comfort of your home. You can easily pay online and also view your e-prescription whenever you need it.
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About the Author
Dr. Nikitha Murthy B.S.
He is s a Consultant with IVF Access at its Rajajinagar clinic. She has over 6 years of experience. Dr. Nikitha has a post-graduation (MS) in Gynaecology, DNB from the National Board of India, and a Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine. He also has vast experience in Post-Graduation (MS) in Gynaecology and DNB.