For us, the scariest thing about travelling with a baby was the medical side of things. Jet lag… keeping him entertained… that didn’t worry us that much. What worried us was what we would do if he got sick.
Jacob has been a very healthy baby so far. He has not gotten sick yet. Even though he spent every day of a month of his life visiting Dan in a hospital, he never got sick. Even thought I have gotten sick a few times, he has never caught it from me. But still – we wanted to be prepared.
So we asked a couple of baby nurses, did a lot of research, and put together this list.
Please note: This list is for babies who are under 1 year old. Babies this age are not able to take many medications, so this list won’t be as long as you might think.
Baby medical kit packing list
- Saline nasal spray. This is great if they have a runny nose and helps clean dust and other allergens out of the sinuses. Saline is natural and not medicated, so it is safe to use on babies of any age.
- Saline eye wipes. The day we woke up to catch our flight, Jacob got gunk build up in his eyes. The pharmacist gave us little saline eye wipes to use, and it cleared up in a few days.
- Re-hydration salts. Babies are more prone to dehydration than we are, so it is always useful to keep a couple sachets of re-hydration salts in your medical kit.
- Baby pain killer. Now that Jacob’s teeth are starting to come in, we always keep baby pain killers in our medical kit.
- Teething gel. Self explanatory….
- Baby stool softener.
- Colic drops. Jacob isn’t prone to colic, so we don’t travel with this anymore.
- Sunscreen. *NOTE* Baby sunscreen can only be used for babies six months and up. Some people do not recommend using sunscreen until the baby is at least 12 months old. However, if you are going to a sunny destination, remember that the suns rays are harmful, and they are even more harmful to a babies skin.
- Insect repellent. This is another one of those things that are not recommended for use on small babies. We needed to find a way around this, as we were travelling to a few tropical destinations with Jacob. One option we found was a soybean oil based, citronella type of product which is safe for infants. Another option we found are the citronella stick on patches. You can stick the patches to the back of babies shirt, or to babies crib, without worry that any chemicals are getting on babies skin or into babies mouth.