Welcoming a baby into the world can be an exciting, wonderful and rewarding time for any parent.
It can also be hard work and stressful, especially when encountering common baby problems such as sleeping problems, feeding and common infant ailments.
Because pharmacies are so accessible they are often the first stop for parents seeking answers to all those questions about their child’s health but who are unsure if a visit to their GP is necessary.
Your community pharmacy is a convenient baby care destination and can provide information, advice, support and a range of products and services to help you care for your baby.
Your pharmacies have specialist visiting nurses and other health experts who can also provide help. Also, your pharmacies offer a special baby care service, allowing you to come in with your baby for weighing and other measurements. Some pharmacies have qualified baby nurses available for consultation.
Your pharmacist can provide advice and products to help you treat common baby conditions such as nappy rash, eczema, cradle cap, constipation, pain and fever, rashes and teething.
In addition, your community pharmacist will be able to refer your baby to a doctor or other health professional if necessary, which is important as it can sometimes be difficult for parents to determine whether their baby requires medical attention.
Your pharmacist is well placed to advise you about medications that are safe and appropriate to give to your baby, as well as information on proper dosing and storage.
Pharmacy staff can advise you on everything from cleansers for your baby’s skin, to different kinds of ‘dummies’ (pacifiers), ways to manage teething, helping your baby sleep, preventing nappy rash and feeding tips.
Pharmacies can also provide breastfeeding support and advice, and many pharmacies offer services such as breast pump hire.
Pharmacy staff are also there to support mums and dads through this time. Postnatal depression can affect both mum and dad, and your pharmacist knows support services and resources that are available, and when a visit to your doctor might be appropriate.