Baby Health + First Aid Essentials
Baby Health Necessities
When it comes to newborn care, your best bet is to just make sure you're as prepared as possible. But what does that mean exactly? Start with this list.
Vitamin D Drops
Strange fact: Infants who breastfeed or partially breastfeed are at risk for a Vitamin D deficiency. So the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends supplementing with 400 IU per day of vitamin D beginning in the first few days of life. Note: We are NOT doctors. This info is from the CDC, but you should absolutely check with your pediatrician first.
The phrase “soft as a baby’s bottom” exists for a reason. Their little tushies have silky smooth skin that’s prone to irritation, which can lead to painful diaper rash (i.e. a screaming baby). Applying diaper cream with each change forms a barrier to seal out wetness – the culprit of the dreaded condition.
Sniffles are gonna happen, and it can be heartbreaking with a newborn who can’t blow his nose. Nasal aspirator to the rescue! We’re partial to the Nosefrida, but if sucking the snot out with your own breath gives you the ick (don’t worry, it doesn’t get near your mouth), there’s a bulb version you simply squeeze.
If your baby spikes a fever (above 100.4 degrees), you want to be on top of it (otherwise it can lead to dehydration, seizures, etc). So you’ll need a thermometer on hand. Unfun fact: A rectal temperature read is the most accurate, but that method is certainly not required.
First Aid Kit
Boo boos and sick days are going to happen. Lower your stress level by having a first aid kit at the ready. From medicine dosers to aspirators to thermometers to nail clippers, they vary in their contents, so choose the one that works best for your family.
Baby Nail Clippers & File
Yes, you need nail clippers sized for baby hands (i.e. yours won’t do) to prevent cutting sensitive skin. And don’t forget a file so nails are smooth, and baby won’t scratch her face. Pro tip: Do it while they are sleeping. Some even have a built-in light for this reason.
Babies can easily get cradle cap, which is essentially dry, scaly skin on their heads. To both prevent and treat it, you want to softly brush their little heads to loosen the dry skin and shampoo regularly (even if they have no hair).