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Medical Kit for New Parents of Foster Kids

…or any new parents, really.

I got some wonderful, thoughtful, generous gifts at my shower. Most of them were from Amazon.com where I’ve been keeping a wish list of baby/kid items for my own reference. A couple gifts were totally original ideas. And one gift really took the cake with it’s thoughtfulness. I call it the Nurse Memaw Medical Kit. My mom, soon to be “Memaw” to our foster kids, is a nurse so it’s even more perfect coming from her. This is a great idea for a new foster parent or any new parent.

Medical supplies for kids:
baby wipes
sunscreen
shampoo for kids
baby bath solution
kid-safe toothpaste
fun kids toothbrushes
fever reducer for kids
fever reducer to infants (drastically different dosage!)
medicine droppers
bandaids
neosporin wound cleaner

My mom is awesome! So clever with her gifts. This reminds me of my bridal shower when she gave me a huge basket full of kitchen staples and spices. All those little things that it’s so nice to have on hand when you need them in the middle of a recipe, or in the case of the kids medical supplies, in the middle of the night.

A week later, a friend gave me the medicine lock box and infant medical pack off my Amazon list. I added this kit to my list because it contains a thermometer, nail clippers, a nose sucker (what are those called?), and some different kinds of medicine droppers. I think we’re all set now. Did we miss anything you can think of? Do you have any other great gift ideas for new foster parents? Is my mom amazing or what?

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10 Responses to Medical Kit for New Parents of Foster Kids

  1. Julia says:

    what great presents! i’d add benadryl. We have a lot of allergies in our household (everything from food to medicine) and it’d be good to have in case they got hives.

  2. Mama says:

    I’m glad you’re ready. You never know when you’ll need one of those things!

  3. Julia says:

    would the pharmacy issue you an epi-pen? if so I’d definitely take them up on it. just from reading your blog i can tell you are going to make an awesome parent!

    • mahlbrandt says:

      I think I would have to have a Rx for it but I’ll talk to the kid’s doctor when go in for a first check-up. Seems like it would be wise to have since we won’t know allergy history for certain. Thank you!

  4. Amy says:

    great stuff! my mom and sister bought us a bunch of great “random” stuff for my shower, too. mom’s are great like that 😉

    but also, i am reading this while eating breakfast, and when i read “nose sucker” gotta say…kinda grossed me out. lol!

  5. Mary Sergent says:

    Great gift idea! We received a similar gift from one of my pharmacy friends. In our house, we also keep children’s cough medicine like Robitussin, triaminic (orange kind-decongestant) and pedialyte on hand. Your doctor will give you correct dosages for the cough and decongestant for the younger kids, since the bottles all say not for under 6 or something. Some pediatricians will provide you with a dosage chart for each type of medicine, and that is super helpful to keep with your stash. I also keep small bottles of benadryl, infant or kid tylenol in the diaper bag, just in case too. They have saved us a couple times! And don’t forget the sunscreen and bug spray. 🙂 And you’ll want to invest in a cool midst humidifier for when the small children get congested and colds.

  6. Mary Sergent says:

    I forgot, we really like the children’s motrin too. It seems to work better for our kiddos for certain situations and it lasts longer than tylenol.

  7. […] got all kinds of thoughtful and generous gifts. My mom put together a medical kit from Nurse Memaw and paid for our first car seat. My mother-in-law gave us a gift card for Amazon.com (where […]

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