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  • Zithromax (200 mg per 5 cc) for possible ear infections, pneumonia, bacterial infection
  • Do not reconstitute until ready to use, once a day for five days
  • Bacitracin or Neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment for cuts, scrapes, scratches
  • Conjunctivitis "pink eye" (prescription for Tobramycin 2 drops in each eye three times a day for one week) look for yellow discharge from eye(s) Clean eye(s) off with cotton ball

Little red bumps and other skin problems

  • Hydrocortisone 1% cream or ointment for eczema
  • T-gel shampoo (Neutrogena) for treatment of cradle cap
  • Nystatin cream 100,000 U/gm for fungal diaper rash (prescription) apply three times a day for 7 days
  • Aquaphor or Cetaphil cream for eczematous skin (twice a day)
  • Dove soap (unscented)

Bottom barriers (to prevent diaper rash)

  • Desitin, A & D, or Balmex (applied with each diaper change)
  • Baby wipes (unscented and without alcohol)

Creeping critters (scabies) rash that itches beyond your wildest dreams!

  • Found mostly on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands
  • Permethrin cream 5% (prescription) Apply from the neck down, leave on 10 hours over night, wash off (shower) in morning; one application only

Antipyretics (anti-fever), analgesics (pain relief)

  • Acetominophen (infant 80mg/0.8ml or children's Acetominophen 160mg/5ml)
  • child weighs 8 kg; multiply 10 X 8 =80mg which is one infant dropperful
  • Acetominophen can be given every 4 hours as needed
  • Children's Ibuprofen (100mg/5ml)
  • Infant Ibuprofen (50 mg per 1.25 ml on the dropper)
  • Ibuprofen dose 5mg X kg of weight every 6-8 hours
  • Teething-use Ibuprofen before bed
  • Fever >1015 degrees use Acetominophen or Ibuprofen
  • Ear infection (you want to treat the pain!)

If child weighs 10 kg ; multiply 10 x 5 = 50 mg which is 1.25 ml on the infant dropper
To convert pounds to kilograms, divide the pounds by 2.2 i.e. 22 pounds divided by 2.2 equals 10 kilograms

Allergy medication (hives from allergy or itching secondary to scabies)

  • Diphenhydramine (liquid) 12.5 mg per 5 ml (1mg X kg of weight every 6-8 hours)

Coughs and colds

  • Echinacea 5 drops twice a day for under one year, 10 drops for over one year
  • Saline nose drops (Ocean, Nasal, Ayr) each nostril every few hours, gel saline also
  • Bulb aspirator (ear syringe)
  • Albuterol inhaler to be used with empty water bottle (spacer) for asthma/bronchiolitis
  • Prednisone tablets dose based on weight and used for asthma/bronchiolitis with doctor's approval

Diarrhea and vomiting (to prevent and/or treat dehydration)

  • Oral Rehydration Powder (many generic brands online)
  • Go on line or purchase at pharmacy
  • Pedialyte in bottles

Miscellaneous paraphernalia

  • Spacer for albuterol administration (water bottle emptied and hole made to insert albuterol inhaler)
  • Digital rectal thermometer, ear thermometer for children over 3 yo.
  • K-Y Jelly
  • First aid kit: band aids, gauze, paper tape, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide
  • Wash 'n Dri packets 20 per box to clean hands when there is no sink
  • Infant/child medicine dropper marked in ml or cc
  • Formula as a powder (milk or soy) with iron (28-32 ounces per day)
  • Rice cereal (1-2 magic scoops per 8 ounce bottle) China
  • Playtex nurser bottle with refill drop-in bags and 5 playtex nipples
  • Bottles (Avent, Gerber) as back up with a variety of nipples (total of 4 bottles)
  • Thermos bottle for preparation of bottles
  • Bibs (lots)
  • Diapers-cloth (for your shoulder)
  • Scissors for infant fingernails and for enlarging nipple openings
  • Diapers (disposable) sized based on weight of baby/child, 8 to 12 changes per day
  • Baby spoon (plastic) and bowl
  • Sippy cup (sucking can be too frustrating)
  • Activity blanket for infants
  • Prune juice for constipation-1-2 ounces a few times a day (increase fluids between feeds)
  • Glycerin Suppositories for Constipation
  • Snugglie, Ergo or Bjorn for carrying the baby on the chest or back (for young infants only)
  • Tape player with children's music, children's books
  • Cotton garments all pre-washed before travel
  • Sunscreen (seasonal) #30 is enough, hat for the child is a must
  • Insect repellant (Skintastic) to be applied to clothes only in infants and young children
  • Umbrella Stroller (can be purchased in some countries outside U.S.)


How to reach Dr. Jane Aronson:

E-mail: orphandoctor@gmail.com
Urgencies when your child is ill, call Dr. Aronson
Cell: (917) 538-5217
Office: 973-327-4078

  This page last updated December 6, 2012 9:06 PM EST