Top 10 essential items pharmacists recommend to new parents

      British Columbia Pharmacy Association's Pharmacist Awareness Week
                             March 25 to 31, 2007
                Pharmacists - trusted advice, accessible care

    VANCOUVER, March 27 /CNW/ - Dry skin, diaper rash and teething are
symptoms that can make a baby very unhappy, and their parents frustrated.
Community pharmacists are excellent resources for new parents who need help
choosing products that will help with everyday infant health problems.
    This week is Pharmacist Awareness Week. The theme, "Pharmacists - trusted
advice, accessible care," is meant to remind the public that their community
pharmacist is an easy-to-access health-care professional.
    As part of Pharmacist Awareness Week the British Columbia Pharmacy
Association has prepared a list of items, recommended by pharmacists, that a
well-stocked baby bag should contain.

    1.  BC HealthGuide Handbook
        Practical information on how to recognize and cope with common health
        concerns - includes the 24 hour BC Nurseline Number.

    2.  Baby shampoo
        Which products can affect/reduce 'cradle cap'?

    3.  Baby oil
        The skin of your newborn is extremely sensitive - are all baby oils
        the best remedy? Which products contain scent or colour?

    4.  Infant cotton swabs (ie. Q-tips)
        What's the difference between adult and baby Q-tips? Are there safe
        alternatives for cleaning your infant's ears?

    5.  Infant acetaminophen (ie. Tylenol)
        When is the right time to give your baby acetaminophen? How much?

    6.  Petroleum jelly
        Petroleum jelly can have a multitude of uses for both mom and baby.

    7.  Baby powder (unscented)
        How much is enough?

    8.  Zinc oxide ointment (ie. Penaten)
        Which cream is right for your baby's rash or chaffing?

    9.  Antiseptic baby wipes
        How often should you use an antiseptic wipe? Which is the right
        choice for your baby's skin?

    10. Vitamins and nutritional supplements
        New moms need TLC too! What does your body need? Are there potential

For further information:

For further information: Erin Spicer, Manager, Communications, British
Columbia Pharmacy Association, Telephone: (604) 269-2864, Email:

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