Nurse Mom Tips:
I’m a mom first, but I’ve been a nurse for 10 years.
I work at a doctor’s office one day a week so I wanted to share some helpful tips.
1. Write expiration dates on the box or bottle in big permanent marker.
2. Keep the following medications on hand at all times if you have kids:
1. Acetaminophen (Tylenol): infant or children’s depending on ages.
2. Ibuprofen (Motrin): infant or children’s depending on ages.
3. Benadryl (Diphenhydramine)
*In case of allergic reactions
4. Pedialyte (or any other generic rehydration)
*Check expiration dates at the store, sometimes the Pedialyte freezer pops or the mix packets will last longer than the bottles.
5. Vicks VapoRub
6. Vaseline: to use in place of triple antibiotic ointment.
*Many kids and adults have allergic reactions with triple antibiotic so use Vaseline instead.
7. Artificial tears
1. Saline Nasal Spray/Drops: For stuffy noses and colds
2. Gas drops: Some babies need this more than others. When breastfeeding some foods you eat can make baby get a gas tummy ache.
3. Keep the kids medications in a container to be accessed easily by you, not them.
-I’m sure you can label yours with a prettier label.
– Rectal thermometers: are most accurate for infants
-Temporal Thermometers: are what we use at our doctor’s office and at our house.
-Keep extra batteries on hand for thermometers also.
5. Have the phone number for Poison Control entered into your cellphone or written next to the land-line phone.
* 1-800-222-1222 *
(I’ve had to call them many times: 9 month old ate a bite of dirt with miracle grow in it, 2 year old ate Vaseline, 2 1/2 year old ate 5 halls cough drops, and mommy inhaled quikrete concrete mix. I truly appreciate the Poison Control nurses!)
6. Try to keep an updated record of how much your child weighs. This is needed for most medications.
7. Keep an updated records of vaccinations and illnesses.
8. Vaccinate your child, and yourself
– A shot is a small amount of pain, getting illnesses such as measles, pertussis, etc. causes a great amount of pain.
– Babies can die from pertussis so make sure you are updated on your Tdap vaccine.
9. Make sure and do Wellchild check-ups with your Doctor.
– I’m not sure what other clinics do, but ours has babies check up at: 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 months, then yearly after 2 years.
-This helps to make sure babies are developing normally, you can discuss concerns with your physician, helps keep vaccines updated, etc.
10. Bring the medications listed above if you travel anywhere.
-If you want to make a run to Walmart at midnight for Tylenol be my guest :)
11. Better safe than sorry
– You are the mom, you know your child, if you think something is wrong, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor. Always check with your doctor before giving your child any medications, even OTC (over the counter) ones.
Here is a Medication Packing/Shopping List to print off: