Pharmacy help for new parents & parents-to-be
What can your pharmacist do for you? Find out more about how your Boots pharmacists are there to help
Whatever your pregnancy or parenting health concern, your pharmacist is here to help you if they can. Your pharmacists can offer the following services and advice...
Give one-to-one advice
Because no one enjoys discussing icky things like piles or constipation over the counter, most of our pharmacies have consultation rooms where you can talk in private. Honestly, you can raise absolutely anything with us – we’ve heard it all before.
Help you find feeding solutions
Once your baby is born, our pharmacists are trained to advise on feeding issues like colic or reflux. Plus, we have a huge range of products to help take the stress out of feeding – from breast pumps to nursing pillows. We can also advise on what over-the-counter medication is suitable when you’re breastfeeding.
Serve you after hours
When carrying such precious cargo, we want to be there for you, even outside normal shopping hours. So it’s comforting to know that many Boots Pharmacies in Ireland stay open till late on select evenings – no appointment necessary (and, of course, they’re also open on normal Sunday hours). Check our store locator for your nearest one. Remember we’re here when your bump becomes a baby, too!
Give you lifestyle solutions
We don’t just dispense medicines. If we can’t recommend a bump-friendly product, we may suggest a lifestyle solution – like steam inhalations for a blocked nose or ways to help you avoid contact with pollen during hayfever season. If we can help, we will.
Offer a flu vaccination
The HSE advises that all mums-to-be get vaccinated against flu, and you may be able to get this free HSE service at participating Boots pharmacies* – ask your pharmacist to see if you’re eligible. Studies show pregnant women pass on some protection from being vaccinated to their babies.
Tell you what's bump friendly (& what's not)
Got a cold? Headache? Indigestion? Our pharmacists can give you the lowdown on which over-the-counter products are suitable to use when you’re expecting, and can advise you on any supplements you may be considering taking in pregnancy. And when baby arrives, we can help answer your queries, from how to soothe cracked nipples (you) to how to treat sore bottoms (them).
Help you manage repeat prescriptions
Life’s hectic enough as it is. So let us take one task off your plate when you sign up in store or online for one of our free prescription collection services**. No need to head to your GP every time you need a repeat prescription – we can have your medicines ready and waiting for you in store†. You can also sign up to our Repeat Prescription Service where we’ll keep your prescription and have your medicines in stock and ready for you each month. Once you join, we’ll text you to let you know your prescription is ready and waiting for you to pick up at a time that’s convenient for you.
Advise you when to see a doctor
Pregnancy is a journey into the unknown and can bring up a raft of puzzling symptoms. It’s great to know that your pharmacist is on hand without having to wait for an appointment at your GP. Pharmacists study for at least four years to qualify so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands. And if we think you do need to see a GP, we’ll refer you straight away.
Help you or your partner stop smoking
Smoking when pregnant can increase your risk of a low-birthweight baby, and secondhand smoke has been linked to an increased risk of cot death. We can give you extra help to boost your willpower, or advise on which stop-smoking products might be suitable if you don’t think your willpower will hold up! Come in for a chat.
Recommend suitable baby products
Babies are utterly magical… but what with the drooly mouths, blocked noses, and brightly coloured poos, there’s never a dull moment! Luckily we’re on hand to help. Once baby is born, we’ll be your new best friend. So come and say hello.
In the meantime, why not test your knowledge in our baby first aid quiz.
*Subject to eligibility criteria and availability.
**Participating surgeries only.
†You’ll receive notification via text when your prescription is ready to collect from Boots.