We’re currently dealing with our first baby cold/fever. My worst nightmare of having a sick baby was bound to happen eventually and it’s as sad as I was expecting it to be. Our daughter is only 8 months old so of course she can’t communicate with us nor does she understand why she feels as miserable as she does. Looking at those sick and sad little eyes sure does break my heart and while I have always loved that little girl, my love grew a thousand times stronger when she came down with this cold. Her helpless little body needs all the attention, love and affection possible and as her Mama I’m willing to sacrifice anything to give her all of that plus extra special snuggles and cuddles.
Of course dealing with a sick baby is frustrating in so many ways. As parents we worry – which comes with the territory. Managing a child’s sickness is pretty much a guessing game, especially when they can’t communicate back. As first time parents we’ve never dealt with a sick child before and have had lots of questions, concerns and like ANY parent we just want our child healthy and happy.
We’re learning as we go and are doing the best that we know how to make our daughter comfortable while she’s sick. Even though her poor little nose is chapped and runny, our little rugrat still has her sense of humour and has managed to find her voice. She is kinda sorta saying the words “Dadda” but I’m in denial. She doesn’t know what she’s saying. So it totally doesn’t count, right? Right! Because her first words WILL be “Mama”. Right??!? RIGHT!
Anyways, here are some things that we’ve found helpful for our daughter as she fights this cold! This is not sponsored in any way! These opinions are my own and the products mentioned are ones that I love and swear by!
This first thing EVERY parent must have is a thermometer. We have both an ear and stick thermometer. The stick is best for newborns and babies. We love ours from Braun as they’re digital, easy to use, accurate and take our daughters temperature quickly! Our squirmy baby refuses to sit still so that has been very helpful! Not only do these thermometers take her temperature but they have a colour coded technology. The stick thermometer will do the guessing work for you and tell you what’s a high or low grade fever. It’s genius!
Snot suckers may sound disgusting, but once you use one I can almost guarantee that you’ll find it to be incredibly satisfying. Nasal aspirators are perfect for those little ones who can’t or don’t know how to blow their nose. There are many different types out there, but my personal favourite allows me to actually suck out the mucus. Don’t worry – snot doesn’t get in your mouth. We love ours from Munchkin called ClearNose because it’s effective, easy to use and clean, includes different sized nasal tips and it also comes with it’s own storage container so it can be put away neatly and safely for sanitary purposes. We are a huge fan but our daughter has her own opinion about it. One look at the snot sucker and she is in tears.
Since we’re on the topic of snot (lovely, isn’t it?), let’s just keep the conversation going. We all know how uncomfortable and dry our noses get whenever we have a cold. No matter how soft the tissues are, our noses suffer. So, to make the nose wiping a little less traumatic, try using a saline wipe! They are moisturising and work wonders when it comes to cleaning up those runny noses. Saline is completely safe for your children – in fact you may even want to consider getting saline drops! The drops will help battle that congestion allowing your little one breath easier.
No parent likes the idea of having to use medication on their children. It can be very overwhelming and scary so I can understand the concern. With that being said, in the event that something does happen to your child, it’s always best to be prepared. In my opinion, Baby Advil, Baby Tylenol and Baby Benadryl are must haves in every parents medicine cabinet. The last thing you want to do when your child gets a fever or has an allergic reaction is make an emergency run to the nearest pharmacy. Keep those medicines on stand by and rest easy knowing that you’re prepared!
Our most recent purchase and discovery is a humidifier. This was recommended to us to help put moisture back into the air. We’ve set it up in our daughters room and it has seemed to help with her cough. We’re really happy with this purchase and know that it will come in very handy not just for our daughter but for us as well!
Now that you have all the items you need to make your child as comfortable as possible as they fight through their sickness, it’s time to rest. Throw away those sleep and daytime schedules and prepare to go with the flow. Encourage your baby to rest and do whatever you have to do to get them to sleep. I don’t typically nurse by daughter to sleep, but when she’s sick I’ve been doing so to help comfort her. If your baby want to be near you and falls asleep on you – let it happen. Sleep with them if you have to – you could probably use the rest yourself. Once your child is feeling better and shows signs of improvement, feel free to return to your regular routine and schedule. It will all work out!
Dealing with a sick child isn’t fun for anyone but just remember that you’re not alone in this struggle. Hang in there and consider the above to help make your little one a bit more comfortable during their off-time. If you’re a first-time parent, consider adding these items to your registry or if you’re a parent who is overwhelmed at just the thought of dealing with a sick child, remember that preparation is key! As our children get sick, there can be a lot of unknown factors but if you have these staples in your house, you will at least know you have a good foundation under your belt in case they do get sick!
If you have any more tips on how to deal with a sick child or if there are items that you swear by that have helped you comfort your baby when they’re under the weather, let me know in the comments below! Until next time… stay healthy and be prepared!