Cool doohickie prevents accidental overdose of baby meds

This heated conversation is sponsored by PediaCare.

Do you remember your baby’s first fever?

The first time Whitney called to tell me that her baby had a fever, I didn’t have a baby of my own, but I could tell from her tone of voice, I was supposed to care A LOT.

Fast forward to when my infant had a bit of a fever, it was the most important thing in the world and I wanted to take care of it right away. I got it.

Along with sleep training and soothing techniques, new parents can add “medicine cabinet safety” to the list of confusing things to learn about. When your baby has a fever — day or night — you better figure it out fast!

According to WebMD

A baby’s normal temperature can range from about 97 degrees Fahrenheit up to 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit. Most doctors say a rectal temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a fever.

If your super young baby has a high fever — or any temperature or symptom that concerns you — the first step is to call the pediatrician. That’s what they’re there for.

If the doctor advises you to take Acetaminophen, the safety dispenser of PediaCare Pain Reliever Acetaminophen with flow restrictor makes it easier. What’s cool about this device thingie is that it ensures you get the correct dose (even on very little sleep!) and prevents spilling a gooey sticky mess. In tests by Consumer Reports, it beat the competition. So that’s one less worry. Or two if you care about the sticky thing.

Medicine cabinet needs for baby

It works like this:

Medicine cabinet pro-tips:

I have three children and strong opinions. Not too long ago, I had no clue. Luckily, my friend Marla walked me through this stuff.

  1. Stock up.  Buy the basics before your baby is sick. A midnight scare is bad enough without being empty-handed.
  2. Keep it where you’ll find it. I store baby medicine together in the tiny nursery. Alternatively the bathroom medicine cabinet or hall closet might work better for you.

For more info, see all about fevers on the PediaCare blog.

[Photo by Chelsea and Nate Day]

This post is part of a series on Rookie Moms sponsored by Pediacare, designed to bring parents information about children’s health. The tips and links I choose to share with you are based on my own interests.