Expert / 18 January, 2017 / Dr Mummykins
Most mums-to-be have their hospital bag ready and waiting by the door in those last few weeks of pregnancy but not many will have prepared the all important baby’s first health kit. As a doctor and mum to two children, I highly recommend you have the following close to hand for your baby’s first year:
1) A good thermometer
The market is overflowing with various thermometers. If you want a doctor’s recommendation – there is nothing better in my experience than the Braun Thermoscan.
Excellent because it is quick to use (in your child’s ear), accurate and has a very long life.
2) Paracetamol and Ibuprofen
Speak to your pharmacist about which is safe to use for what age and about how much to give.
3) Metanium nappy rash ointment
A combination of experience at home and in the workplace has led me to this recommendation.
If the redness gets worse or the skin starts to look raw/as though it is splitting make sure you get a check up with your GP as sometimes the nappy area can become infected with bacteria or fungus.
4) Attend a first aid course
If you do not feel confident that you would know what to do in those scenarios I highly recommend you book on to a child first aid session local to you.
Few skills in life are more valuable than knowing how to save a life, so please do run a quick search for first aid classes in your area.There are so many excellent courses available and plenty of charities offer either free or subsidised classes for parents.
Did you find a need for anything different in your baby’s first health kit? Share your experiences and preferences with us and let’s help prepare more parents!
Please note: The materials in this article are in no way intended to replace the professional medical care, advice, diagnosis or treatment of a doctor. The article does not have answers to all problems. Answers to specific problems may not apply to everyone. If you notice medical symptoms or feel ill, you should consult your doctor.
Article by Dr Mummykins (Claudia) MBBS iBSc MRCGP