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No matter how hard we try to protect our babies from germs and discomfort, they’re still going to need a little extra care from time to time. But what baby health care products exist, and will you need them? Here are some baby health care products and why they’re considered useful, to help you decide what you need for your baby.
Thermometers are a handy tool to have in your baby health care kit. It can be helpful, or reassuring, to know if your baby is running a fever, and how high their temperature is. Though not every fever is cause for alarm, it’s also worth seeking professional advice if you’re at all concerned about your baby’s health, either from your doctor or contacting Health Direct to speak to a nurse any time.
“Snot suckers” (nasal aspirators) can be such useful items. The idea of it might sound nauseating, but sometimes you just have to do what you have to do to bring your baby relief from a blocked nose – there’s nothing more frustrating than a hungry baby that can’t latch or feed because they have a blocked nose. Also, nasal sprays, like Flo Baby Saline Spray, help break up the mucous, making it easier to come out. Breast milk is also a great option, either expressing and gently syringing up baby’s nose or directly from the breast.
Some babies are fine without any sort of nappy or barrier cream on their bottoms, and other babies will get a rash if they miss a smear for even one nappy change. It’s worth having a nappy cream on hand just in case baby has a flare up of nappy rash. Sometimes it can take some trial and error to find the right nappy cream for your precious baby’s skin: some of the most popular brands of nappy cream include Sudocrem, Bepanthen, and Curash.
Some families choose to use products like Paw Paw Ointment in place of a nappy cream. Be aware if you’re using cloth nappies that petroleum-based nappy creams, or those high in zinc, can stain your nappy and impact the absorption of the fabric.
Teething seems like such a cruel thing for our baby’s body to put them through. They’re so little having to go through so much (and so many times) – all we want to do is take their pain away. Chewing on a teether is one way to relieve baby’s uncomfortable gums. There are many different types of teethers, depending on what sensory experience your baby prefers. You can get teethers like the Tommee Tippee Gel Teether than you can store in the fridge so baby has something cold to chomp their growing teeth into, or a combination of fabric and wood with the O.B.Designs DINGaRING Teething Toy. There is also the super popular Sophie Giraffe which is made from 100% natural rubber.
Another popular teething product is Bonjela Teething Gel.
Baby monitors: Whether they’re audio, video, movement, or all of the above, baby monitors can provide parents peace of mind, while allowing them to keep a close eye (or ear) on their baby from another room.
Sun safety: Products to keep your baby’s skin safe is essential if you’re taking baby out in the sun. It’s best to keep little babies out of the sun entirely, using sunshades on the car windows and on the pram, as well as hats and sticking to shaded areas, especially during the middle of the day. From around 6 months onward baby can also use sunscreen to protect their delicate skin.
Dental care: Once baby’s teeth start to emerge you’ll need to start taking care of them! Babies don’t need toothpaste until they’re about 18 months old, but you can clean their teeth either with a soft bristled brush designed for babies, or even just a clean, damp, face washer over your finger.
Humidifiers: Humid air can be easier for babies to breathe when they’re congested. While running a hot shower and steaming up the bathroom might work for short bursts, having a humidifier can help your baby get longer-lasting relief overnight so they can sleep better.
Ultimately what you do and don’t need for your baby will depend on their own unique health needs. But hopefully, this will give you an idea what you might need to have on hand to prepare for baby, or to keep in mind in case certain health issues come up.
As always, if you have any concerns about your baby’s health consult their doctor or seek professional medical advice.
By Rachel Stewart.
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