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Tylenol is the only one that is recommended for babies under the age of 6 months. Ibuprofen can be too hard on their little kidneys before 6 months.
Also, make sure you have nasal saline drops (such as BabyAyr) and a nasal suction bulb, since a little congestion can really clog up the tiny nose. Newborns are obligate nose breathers, meaning they cannot breath through their mouth if congested. This can interfere with feeding and sleeping, so suctioning makes a big difference. Do not use any cold medicines without the advise of your physician.
Other than that, have some diaper cream. I personally like Boudreaux's the best - smells nice and doesn't stain.
I also was told by the many nurses in my family that you should avoid any medicines for newborns. Use a suction bulb for nasal decongestion (BTW you shouldn't use decongestants on any child under 6) also steam...so crank up that shower high as it goes and sit in there with your baby. Also like soothing vapor johnson n johnson bubble bath for congestion.The only time you will want to use a med is on a temp. A high grade temp is anything over 102. And that's when your gonna wanna use a fever reducer (never attempt to sweat it out on any child) I used Infant Motrin for a fever reducer as that's what the doctor and pharmacist reccomended to me. However...before buying any thing talk to your pediatrician and the pharmacist for good measure beforehand as things are always changing. But decongestants and cough medicines don't even bother with as they aren't for baby's much less a young child.
Also if your newborn gets a fever your gonna wanna go to the Dr more than self treat as fevers in infants can spike quickly.
As your baby gets older tho...a tepid bath(not cool) will help lower fevers. Or strip them down.
Oh and plain pedialyte is always good to have on hand.
Last edited by MamaSkunk; April 9th, 2013 at 12:20 PM.
Tempra, Tylenol, Advil. I never used advil until DD was much older and I never gave her any medication before 6 months that I can remember. She did get a fever when she was 3 months old but the doctor wanted us to come in and they gave her something in the office but I wouldn't have felt comfortable doing that at home with such a young baby.
I second the gas drops and gripe water to have on hand as well (not that they worked for DD but other people swear by it)
Mom to my wildchild Kalyna (Dec 2008)