Product Spotlight: Health & Safety Products — The Bump
February 2020 Moms

Product Spotlight: Health & Safety Products

This week’s product spotlight will be: Health & Safety Products
  • What was essential for you for health and safety products (ex: medication, thermometer, nasal aspirator, etc)?
  • Any tips?
  • Any products to avoid?
mandk1233

Re: Product Spotlight: Health & Safety Products

  • Essential: rectal thermometer since the head ones aren’t accurate until 6 ish months, children’s Benadryl- have it on hand for when you start introducing solids in case of an allergic reaction, baby gates for the stairs- ours are wood and very steep so we didn’t mess around, a nose frida (the grossest in your mind but it’s actually THE FRIGGIN BEST snot sucker) and red wine for mom. That’s about all I can think of TBH. 

    Nice but not essential are teething things- I have a fake pacifier that looks like a raspberry that you can fill with water and freeze. DS only has liked it with his molars so it’s nice now but not necessary. You can also freeze mini bagels and they can gnaw on those. Children’s Tylenol we never used until DS was like 9 months old, but we got lucky with him being healthy during the winter and not really caring too much about teething. 

    I recommend avoiding bulb syringes for noses because they grow mold on the inside very easily. Same thing with Sophie the Giraffe. 

    doodleoodlebrookert615
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  • We loved the nose frida! Still use it from time to time when DS is having a hard time blowing.
    brookert615
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  • Love the nose frida! I like the bulb suckers even though I know they get gross fast. 
    brookert615
  • Nose Frida with saline spray, infant tylenol and then ibuprofen (after 6 months), rectal thermometer, temporal thermometer, nail clippers, infant toothbrush for when the first tooth appears, Aquaphor for dry skin and diaper rash
    brookert615
  • Rectal temperatures are more accurate than another other method which is why we do them during emergencies.  Just an FYI rectal and ear (tympanic) temps are about 1 degree warmer than an oral but forehead and underarm (axillary) are about 1 degree cooler than oral.  So if you are considering oral to be "normal" there may be a slight difference.  That being said I will be following the advice of medical providers and take my baby's temp rectally until at least 6 months or to eliminate any confusion. 
    Me:37 MH:37
    TTGP since 07/2017
    **TW** in spoiler
    DX: PCOS, anovulatory, AMA
    Femara X3: no response
    Clomid X3: BFN (cyst and thin lining)
    IUI (Dec '18) MMC
    IVF (April '19) 9 retrieved, 7 fertilized, 2 normal PGT-A
    FET 06/12/19 - BFP! EDD 02/27/20




    brookert615SwiftletleksiL
  • @Swiftlet sometimes I forget people are squeamish about stuff like that. With you being a vet I'm sure you have plenty of rectal temp experience.  Lol 
    Me:37 MH:37
    TTGP since 07/2017
    **TW** in spoiler
    DX: PCOS, anovulatory, AMA
    Femara X3: no response
    Clomid X3: BFN (cyst and thin lining)
    IUI (Dec '18) MMC
    IVF (April '19) 9 retrieved, 7 fertilized, 2 normal PGT-A
    FET 06/12/19 - BFP! EDD 02/27/20




    brookert615
  • Rectal thermometer bonus: it will help a constipated baby to poop 
    brookert615celticknotfireleksiL
  • Agree with rectal temp, have some KY to help out the baby! 

    Another plus on the nose frida.

    Our Sofie the giraffe never got moldy but we also never let it go near water because we'd heard about them getting moldy after going in the bath.
    Me: 38, DH: 36 
    Married Jan 2008 
    DD Baby Bells born Dec 2016 5 lbs, 12 oz, 18" <3 so in love <3
    Due with #2 Baby Arya EDD February 2020


    brookert615clee5711
  • I also second the good safety clippers. I heard horror stories in my last BMB about parents accidentally cutting their baby trying to clip their nails. I bought the NailFrida and I love it. My husband still won't cut her nails, but I do it weekly and haven't had any issues. As a newborn, I found it easier to cut them while she slept. The kit comes with a tiny file which was great for smoothing any rough edges. 

    I'll admit, I'm one of the silly moms who was afraid of the NoseFrida (despite loving the other product lines). I used a bulb syringe, but mine comes completely apart. We cleaned it with antibacterial soap and dried it after every single use so we never had to deal with mold or reintroducing germs. I 100% believe the NoseFrida is probably easier, but for anyone who is too squeamish I'll tell you that there are syringe products that won't get mold in them if used properly. I do second using plenty of saline spray whenever you use any decongesting tool. My daughter HATED the nasal spray as a tiny infant, but learned to love it once she realized it helped. 

    We also had one of those pacifier/baby bottle medicine dispensers which worked well when we needed to give her baby Tylenol to reduce a high fever. She wouldn't take it unless it was very cold. So even today we keep the liquid Tylenol and ibuprofen in the fridge for emergencies. 
    brookert615jvk2012clee5711
  • @lanie1000 I forgot about how the nailfrida makes cutting their nails a lot easier. I have accidentally cut each of my boys once with the regular nail clippers and it is the worst feeling. 

    lanie1000zseirecarg
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