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Which baby medications and other medicine cabinet items should I have in the house?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
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In brief: A very short list!

You need only a small number of things-- most of the stuff suggested on those long lists from the "baby stores" is unnecessary.
I rec generics of: Acetaminophen (or Ibuprofen if past 6 mos), diphendydramine (benadryl), salt water nose drops, and an inexpensive digital thermometer. Have the phone # of a 24-hour pharmacy written down if you ever need it.

In brief: A very short list!

You need only a small number of things-- most of the stuff suggested on those long lists from the "baby stores" is unnecessary.
I rec generics of: Acetaminophen (or Ibuprofen if past 6 mos), diphendydramine (benadryl), salt water nose drops, and an inexpensive digital thermometer. Have the phone # of a 24-hour pharmacy written down if you ever need it.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
I read Dr. Robert's answer after I wrote mine-- and I completely agree with her as well. An inexpensive diaper rash ointment and hydrocortisone are both also good ideas.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
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In brief: Fever reducer is #1

One important medication is to have a fever or pain reducer such as acetaminophen.
(ibuprofen is helpful >6mo of age). Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is useful for allergic reactions. Hydrocortizone cream is great for baby eczema or skin rashes. Diaper rash cream (any with "zinc oxide" or even vasoline) & baby wipes. A digital thermometer that can read a rectal temperature is also essential. Hope that helps!

In brief: Fever reducer is #1

One important medication is to have a fever or pain reducer such as acetaminophen.
(ibuprofen is helpful >6mo of age). Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is useful for allergic reactions. Hydrocortizone cream is great for baby eczema or skin rashes. Diaper rash cream (any with "zinc oxide" or even vasoline) & baby wipes. A digital thermometer that can read a rectal temperature is also essential. Hope that helps!
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