Baby Care Basics:
5 Must-Know Tips for That First Week Home

1. Baby wipes
Most docs recommend avoiding premoistened diaper wipes for the first month of baby's life since some of their chemicals can irritate a newborn's tender skin. Instead, use cotton balls dipped in warm water. When baby’s ready for regular wipes, choose ones that are alcohol-free and unscented to prevent irritation.

2. Bath time
Until baby’s umbilical cord is off and healed, baby can only take sponge baths. Start by soaking your baby a little. Make sure to always keep one hand on baby, and remember that infants are especially slippery when wet. Start with his face–one area at a time since covering the whole face with a washcloth can be scary -- and work your way down. Make sure to thoroughly wash inside all the folds (under the arms, in the neck, the genital area, etc.) and save baby’s dirtiest parts -- aka the diaper area -- for last. Then, move back up and wash baby’s hair. And note: There’s no need to bathe more than every few days.

3. Newborn skin
At birth, baby's skin will probably appear to be dry. How come? It’s in the process of peeling off an entire waterproof layer of sorts. But in general, a baby's skin doesn’t need much specialized care -- just lots of TLC. A mild cleanser is safe, though many people recommend just plain water. Your baby's face takes a lot of abuse (just think of all that spitting!), so do your best to keep it clean. But if baby's skin seems excessively dry, irritated or itchy, or if you notice a rash or breakout, consult your pediatrician ASAP.

4. The umbilical cord get sucked into registering for cute toys or outfits Umbilical cord care has changed dramatically over the last 20 years; now, many hospitals recommend doing nothing but keeping the cord dry (read: sponge baths only). But some pediatricians still recommend using alcohol on the cord with each diaper change to speed up the healing process. That way you’ll be able to give your baby real baths, as opposed to sponge baths, sooner. So find out what your doctor recommends.

5. Fingernails and toenails
The safest way to keep a newborn’s nails short is to just file them and not cut them at all. Since the skin of the fingers is usually attached to the back of the nail, cutting the nails often results in nipping the fingertip too (ouch!). Even though the bleeding is minor and can be stopped quickly with a little pressure, it's very upsetting to the parent -- and always seems like a lot more blood than it really is! Once baby is a little older (18 months), you can cut their nails while they’re asleep.

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How Can I Get Baby to Take His Medicine?

My baby is sick and refuses to take his medicine. What are some tricks for getting him to keep it down?

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My baby is sick and refuses to take his medicine. What are some tricks for getting him to keep it down?

The Bump Expert

This might not be a sign of refusal. Cheryl Wu, MD, says a tongue thrust reflex causes some babies to automatically push things out of their mouths. This typically disappears around four months, but in the meantime, Wu recommends using a medicine syringe and placing it in the side of baby’s mouth. Wait until he’s swallowed it all before you put more in. You can also try using pacifiers that dispense medicine. Avoid the temptation of mixing medication into baby’s bottle, though, as there’s no way to tell he consumed the right amount.

Want more advice? Here’s how Bumpies help the medicine go down.

"Have your pharmacist flavor the medicine. Put some on your finger and let baby taste it first. She'll see it tastes good. Also, give it to her just before a meal. After all, she's hungry, right?” --– beachlover

"I let my daughter help hold the dropper so she feels involved." -- jlw2505

"With my one year old, I lay him on my lap with his head on my knees and give him his medicine. I can hold his head still with one hand and put the dropper in the side of his mouth with the other. Or, my husband sits on the floor with his legs stretched out and puts our son in between his legs so he can't wiggle away." -- jack&masonsmom

Expert: Cheryl Wu, MD, is a pediatrician at LaGuardia Place Pediatrics in New York City.

Anisa Arsenault

re: Q: Giving Medicine?

Put the syringe back in their mouth as far as possible (without gagging them). Squeeze their cheeks as you push the medicine in, and also as they swallow the medication. Squeezing their cheeks makes it more difficult for them to spit the medication back out. I learned this at the clinic when the nurse gave my son some medication after having a lot of problems getting him to swallow Zantac and Prevacid.

SoontobeDarby |

re: Q: Tricks For Giving Medicine?

they have medicine pacifiers that are absolutely the best thing ever...you just put the medicine in the back of the pacifier and then put it in babies mouth and they go crazy with the pacifier, and there goes medicine all down...

CA2NC2VA |

re: Q: Tricks For Giving Medicine?

A good trick also is to give them the medicine when they're in the bathtub. She'll be distracted with the water and toys and when and if she spits it out, you won't ruin anything. I do this with the Polyvisol (vitamins) every night!

AshleyGarcia |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

where do I get the baby med pacifiers

mami1122 |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

I learned this technique from a nurse who took care of premature babies. When the baby is getting hungry... place the liquid med into the nipple of a bottle. Their natural instickt will be to suck. Most of the time they do not notice the taste but if he/she does follow up with a secondary bottle with formula in it and take turns between the liquid med. in the nipple of one bottle, and formula in the other. (If you are not supposed to follow up with formula, just place the liquid into a bottle nipple.)

butterflyflight |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Put it in a bottle of water, squirt it right in there cheek and then hold their mouth shut to where they have to swallow, if they still use a paci immediately insert the paci into their mouth after giving medication so they will suck it and therefore swallow (I did this when DD was still taking a paci and it worked like a charm but now the bottle of water trick works great)

Kentuckychick_8201 |

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my son doesnt like medicine either. if the doc cant flavor it, i would just add some juice to it so it has some flavor. and i use the medi pasi too you can get it at any store, got mine at walmart. its real convienient too its small and hs the tablespoon marks on it.

EthansMommy10.08 |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

My daughter refuses to make medicine and spits it all up so now we put it in a bottle in 2 ounces of milk. She sucks it right down.

herbie727 |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Forget the med pacifiers - let me save you some money. I simply pour the medicine into one of his bottle nipples and put it in his mouth (just hold it steady and no need to have a bottle on it to close it off). He sucks it down like it's milk and we are good to go. Sometimes I have a real bottle of milk next to me to feed to him right after so he doesn't feel duped! My mother bought me one of those med pacifiers and I thought it sounded amazing....then I realized that it's just a bottle nipple with measurements on it.

thehunterslove |

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If they are still taking a bottle i just put it in their bottle when you shake it up! When they are babies they only get a very small amount of meds so they can hardle taste it.

erstrick505 |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Put the meds in a bottle nipple they will think its a bottle

arielptrs@yahoo.com |

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My 7 month old son has been on Zantac, three times a day since he was two months old We bought one of the little containers for medicine that have a nipple on it. This was too big so we put the medicine in the nipple and just hold it into his mouth. He sucks it like the bottle. He has taken Zantac, Tylenol, and Amoxicillin like this. It works better than the droppers because he can take it at his own pace; there is no spitting up of the medicine.

brookelpalmer |

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I make sure my 8 month old is laying flat on his back. Use a syringe not a dropper. It's harder for him to spit it out when he's laying down, then I give him a little bit of water (sitting up). Do it fast enough and it's like the medicine never happened. I like the syringe. You can't do it slow though, leaves too much time for tasting and spitting out. My son only uses a paci when he is exhausted and if he's not, he grabs it and chews on it so the medicine pacifier won't work for him.

ash138 |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Just make sure the baby is laying on his/her back, insert the syringe or dropper into the baby's mouth towards her cheek and squeeze, it keeps them from being able to spit it out and the have to swallow it. Sometimes I can't get my little one to take medicine either and its the only thing that works. OR giving it to her with a little juice in a bottle.

wiccanmommy |

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I found a bottle invented by a mom at Walmart. There is a syringe inside the bottle that connects to the nipple after you put medicine in it. Make the bottle as normal and feed it to your baby. Slowly push the nozzle of the syringe that pokes out the bottom of the bottle as your baby is eating. Your baby will get his bottle and meds at the same time and this bottle is relativly cheap at five bucks.

DeannaStreeter |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Our doctor told us to put in 2 oz of her bottle (if she's bottle feeding). The medicine is grape flavored (thanks to the pharmacy) and she drinks it all right down! We tried just giving it to her straight, and she got more on the outside than actually swallowing!

scarlet0607 |

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I use a siringe and wait til feeding time. I get her a bottle ready and feed her a few sips, then i inject the medicine in while lightly Blowing on her face -- it makes her swallow, then pop the bottle right back in so she doesnt try to spit it up. It has worked everytime!

Lbijc2000 |

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My MIL taught me this neat trick. I measure out the dosage and then pour it into a fast-flow nipple (fast because most meds are thick) and let him suck it from the nipple. Works well with my LO. He'll make 6 mos on the 25th! And he loves to spit meds back out. This way he gets it all down and I don't have to worry that he's not getting all of his dosage.

JessyDee |

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1.5 or 2 oz of formula, or bm with the med. A small enough amount so they will take it all, but still enough so they don't mind the small change in flavor. this is what we did in the NICU and it is still working as a five month old. : )

MiaAlexandra |

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I got a little medicine dispenser in my first aid/grooming kit...summer infant maybe? It has a little bottle with a nipple on it and it has all the measurements. She loves it because it is just like the bottle....got it at BRU

gamabello |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

The best thing i've found is to put the medicine into a small bottle and mix it with some juice to "cover" the nasty taste of meds.

ashleybivins |

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babies r us sells a medicine pacifier. works GREAT

sammy0416 |

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Take a baby bottle nipple and just put the meds in it and amazingly enough the baby will suck it right down. Or put him on the floor , have your husband/ sig. other hold his /her hands down squeeze his nose - his mouth opens and bam ... medicine goes down - maybe a little gurgling but medicine is down. My kids survived it . They are now 17, 19 and 21. BUT IT WORKS.. but for your own peace of mind try the baby bottle nipple trick first. Good Luck.

mdearest2 |

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I saw an add in American Baby magazine I think for a bottle that you add the medicine to separate from the formula, but it will tell you exactly how much of the medicine baby got if they don't finish the bottle. I tried to find it online but the closest thing I found was the Savi Baby Medibottle. It may be a good investment if you are on a regular med.

lalalin348 |

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with my little girl I just put a little in her mouth then put her paci in. She sucks it and the meds go down. Just have to repeat until the syringe is empty :)

DJCL |

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Just to add, laying a baby down on it's back...NOT a good idea. Though easier for Mom and Dad can lead to choking or or a very painful drip down the back of the nasal cavity.

terenta |

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darling there are plenty ways - 1st is th epacifire with the special add for medication, other one is sirenge - but dont give baby too much at once and dont shuffle sirenge deep in baby mouth cause s/he may move and hurt him/her self. each time you squise th edose of medicine in baby mouth simply (and gently) blow on baby face that will gently force the baby to swallow without spitting out the medicine (old trick) try to keep baby in half sitting possition (don't lay baby on her/his back - cause s/he can choke) good luck

olenka19800329 |

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When my oldest son, now 3 1/2, was sick I would put his medicine in the bottle nipple. I would cover the hold with one finger, put the medicine in the nipple and then put it in his mouth. He would suck on it like a bottle and it would be down before he realized what it really was! Hope this helps.

steph0621 |

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My little girl is also sick and it was so hard to give her medicine. I have two tricks one make a two ounce bottle and mix the medicine in with the bottle if your afraid the baby wont drink it all. Then while giving the baby the medicine gently rub the babies throat so it can gently go down easy.

jasminejmw |

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i would try to put the syringe back as far into his mouth or in his cheek like my doc said and he kept spitting it out, i was sure he got none of it. So i started putting it in his bottle, shake it up good and from then on i had no problems with it.

kaityh |

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ask doctor if you can mix the medicine in with formula. when my LO was sick i was able to mix amoxicellin in 1 oz formula.

lana5259 |

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My baby kept throwing up when I gave him tylenol/ibuprofen until the doctor told me to keep the medicine cold in the fridge before giving it to him. For some reason, giving the medicine to him cold and slowly totally worked and he kept it down!

netsrik32 |

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Just put a few drops at a time on the pacifier. It may take a few minutes but it works.

authorofdreamz |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

If your baby takes a pacifier it helps if you put half the medicine the the pacifier the the rest and the pacifier!!!

WhitneyHolsey |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Put it in a nipple and LO will just drink it down no problem. Also less tasting. Works for us every time!

mt1677 |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Our little guy loves his nuk so we use a med dropper in the corner of his mouth while he is sucking on his nuk. It works great:) Good luck!

apinkflamingo |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Some medicines are also available in suppository form. My daughter would throw up tylonol when I tried giving it to her with a dropper. Flavored or not. My doctor did not tell me this and after her shots she began running a very high fever. When we took her to the ER the doctor there told me about it.

kadiesmom2011 |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

You could try giving the medicine at the same time with what ever baby formula brands you use. Have you ever thought about that? Depending on type of medicine that could be one of the best solutions. Good luck!!

Blexi |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Maybe you should talk to a teleradiology for advices in this matter.I guess you can try different flavors for the medicine you need him to take.

marcydaoubt |

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you could try mixing it with a an ounce or so of formula or breastmilk and having the baby take it from a bottle.

garciaee |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

I mix it in with baby food. My little one can't taste a difference.

thespartmans |

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I have to sit with DS and let him put the medicine syringe in his mouth while I hold it then I squirt a little in at a time. It may take 5 minutes but by him putting it in his mouth he is more relaxed. We tried pinning him down and it made him more upset, so he would end up throwing it all up.

Maryland08 |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Our little guy has been on meds for awhile and we had a hard time at first.. then I found out you can have med flavored!!! greatest thing ever!!! he loves it!

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johnmain |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

My daughter was IMPOSSIBLE to give medicine to. Until I tried using her bottle nipple. I would put the medicine in it and she would suck it right out. Then I just reattached the nipple to the bottle and gave her the bottle. Worked like a charm every time!

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would suggest a flavoring enhancer for kids medicine.my 2 year old gives me a hard time swallowing zantac syrup and gags on it everytime i wanna give it to him .it is very minty and bitter.my friend told me about this product ...Flavor+ medicine flavoring drops for baby.i found it on ebay and amazon.i tried the grape flavor and my baby stop gagging and is taking his medicine finally without too much hussle.the product has a sweetener enhancer and a bitterness suppressor and is all natural .it made my life so much less stressful

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Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

Hi Everyone, Pacidose is a soft pacifier that has a tiny tube down the center to deliver the medicine. It attaches to a syringe so you don't have to transfer the medicine. The medicine goes to the back of the mouth so the baby barely tastes it. Try it!

DrMamma |

Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

If you put your pinky in his mouth (nail side on the tongue) and fit the dropper in to the side of his cheek, he'll naturally start sucking and you can slowly dispense the medicine. Since my baby is breastfed, this is the way we give the vitamin D

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Q&A: Tricks for giving baby medicine?

my baby hates ranitidine syrup the doctor prescribed for his reflux because of the bad taste and my pharmacist told me that flavoring the medication might help.he recommended the grape medicine flavoring made by flavorplus and it did help tremendously

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