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6 Medications You Should Not Give Your Baby

6 Medications You Should Not Give Your Baby

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So, you’ve used a baby thermometer and you’ve found out that your baby is actually having a fever. What gives? Our normal proclivity is that we take medications to help lower our high temperature, but as you probably know by now, you cannot just simply have your baby drink whatever medicine is available for such a thing. Although there are certain medicines that are okay for their systems; there are actually those that you should never give to your newborn. Today, I am going to talk about the medications that you should not give your baby at all costs.

Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)

This medication is used to help lower fever, as well as mitigating any pain that is caused by bodily functions (like teething pain, for example). If your baby is below six months of age, it is absolutely not a good idea to be giving them Ibuprofen as it has been known to reduce blood flow to the kidneys. Instead, you may want to give your baby some Acetaminophen instead.

Acetylsalicylic Acid (Aspirin)

We use aspirin to treat various medical conditions and just because we can take it at any time we experience something, this doesn’t mean that it is safe for your babies to consume. In fact, Aspirin is a huge no-no even for children as the only time it should be used is for people who are 18 years old and above. That being said, your child’s pediatrician may prescribe Aspirin as a last resort, but if they do, your child will be closely monitored.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)

Benadryl and other similar medications are commonly used to treat allergies and the common cold. However, this medication should only be given to children over two years of age. Some doctors may prescribe this for children under two years but never to babies under six months old. One of the most common side effects of Benadryl is sleepiness and parents may treat this as gospel. However, there are times that babies feel sleepy because of an underlying medical condition. Now, if you are using Benadryl to treat rashes or something, you have to know the physical properties of the rash. For instance, if the rash does not blanch, it may be a sign of either purpura or petechiae and may require the attention of a medical professional.

Xylometazoline (Otrivin)

Babies and young children should never be given nasal drops, mainly because it can dry out their nasal passages. If you want to clean their nose, you may try a saline solution or you can even use an aspirator to suck out all of the snot to make breathing easier for them.

Benzocaine (Orajel)

The use of teething gels is highly discouraged because a topical agent that is used to numb the gums may be ingested by the baby. Too much of this stuff may bring serious side effects inside the baby.
Teething can be a painful experience for your baby, but you just have to run its course because it is part of their growing up process.

Dimenhydrinate (Gravol)

Gravol is typically administered to people to treat motion sickness or nausea. That being said, such medication is not good for babies because anything that may induce sleepiness may prevent them from drinking fluids. If your baby is vomiting excessively, you may want to bring them to their pediatrician.


Courtney Watts

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