Quick Guide To Baby First Aid
Being a new mom is exciting, heartwarming, and in some cases downright scary. Babies can get injured or sick just like older children and adults, so it’s important to keep a well-stocked baby first-aid kit (as well as a bit of know-how) on hand for unexpected mishaps. Here are five things all new moms should know about baby first aid.
Keep a Baby First Aid Kit
An adult-sized first aid kit can certainly be helpful, but with a new baby, it’s a good idea to make sure your baby first aid kit contains the following additions specific to babies and infants.
- Infant thermometer
- Infants’ acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Infants’ antihistamines (such as Benadryl) for allergic reactions
- Nasal aspirator bulb (Note: These are good to buy in bulk, as they should be trashed each time after baby recovers from sickness. The best ones will have hospital-grade nose suction, like the BoogieBulb.)
Don’t forget to add a list of phone numbers for your pediatrician, poison control center, and other important emergency contacts to your baby first aid kit.
Trust Your Instincts
If your baby experiences any kind of injury or illness, no matter how minor, it’s important to keep close watch and note any changes in his or her condition. Mothers have an innate ability to sense when something isn’t right, so if your instincts tell you that your baby’s health is suffering, or that he or she is in pain, it is best to place a call to your pediatrician or go to the emergency room. After all, with babies, it’s always better to be safe.
Babies Put Everything in Their Mouths
From the time they’re born, and well beyond their toddler years, babies will put anything and everything into their mouths. For this reason, one of the most important first aid tips for new moms is to keep small things out of the reach of infants and babies. Anything can pose a choking hazard, but to be safe, it is best to avoid allowing your baby access to anything smaller than a golf ball.
Baby first aid is very important, and while every new mom works hard to keep her baby healthy and happy, chances are good that injuries and illnesses will occur at some point. These three tips are the most important, and as always, make sure you call your pediatrician with any questions or concerns you might have about your baby’s health and well-being.
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