A child's first illness is a scary time for any parent. It's hard watching your little one feel under the weather. Knowing what to do when your little one isn't feeling well can give you peace of mind and bring comfort to a fussy baby. Know what supplies to have on hand and where to save some money on treatments.
Every baby gets their first illness eventually. It doesn't have to be miserable. With a little bit of comfort and some extra attention, your baby will soon be right as rain.
When your child was born you probably got your first glimpse at a suction bulb. These simple silicone devices make it quick and easy to clear your child's airways. You'll want to have one of these around when cold season kicks in. Clearing the gunk out of your little one's nose can make it easier to breathe. The relief this brings can be a huge comfort. Don't be afraid to keep more than one around. You'll be surprised how much you use it.
If your little one is stuffy and miserable adding moisture to the air can be a big help. Dry air will only irritate sensitive airways and mucous membranes. The last thing your baby should have to cope with is dried up gunk in their nose. It's a good idea to invest in several humidifiers for all of the areas your child will spend time in. The most important place to add some moisture to is your baby's sleeping area. Making it easier to breathe during naps and at bedtime will ensure your baby gets some much-needed rest.
8 Get Help
You may need to call a friend, family member, or baby sitter to help out while you catch some sleep. It's important for you to take care of yourself. You can't take care of your child if you don't get any rest. You may find you're too anxious about your child to relax and fall asleep. If that's the case ask someone you trust to give you a hand. The peace of mind may be exactly the boost you need to keep your energy up. Don't forget to take advantage of the extra hands to get a hot shower and change into some clean clothes. You'd be surprised how refreshed something so small can make you feel.
Oatmeal is a multi-purpose tool in the fight against the sniffles. If your baby is eating solid foods and has an upset stomach, oatmeal is a nutritious meal that's easy to keep down. You may need to sweeten it a little to pique the interest of a fussy baby, but it's a classic choice for days when we're not feeling our best. If your little one has a rash or some winter dry skin, a lukewarm oatmeal bath can soothe their itches. Keep this staple on hand to comfort your babies inside and out.
Once you've mastered the nasal aspirator, you're well on your way to conquering congestion entirely. The next tool in your arsenal should be a good saline nasal spray. If your child's nose is dry and clogged, irrigating it with sterile saline can quickly relieve the problem. It can also thin out thick mucus that blocks nasal passages.
A few drops in each nostril should help break things up and get your child breathing easy again. You don't have to break the bank for a good spray. Anything intended for nasal use will be suitable.
5 Stay Hydrated
Drinking enough water to stay hydrated is always important. When your child is sick you're facing added challenges. You might even be under the weather yourself. Now is the most important time to keep up your fluid intake. Make it a priority for both you and your child to drink plenty of water. If your little one has an upset stomach you may want to consider an electrolyte beverage. Neither you nor your child can begin to recover if you're lacking proper hydration.
4 Pile On The Snuggles
Your child will probably ask for more affection during any tough time. While they're sick, they're craving more physical and emotional comfort than usual. There's nothing better for a sick baby than extra rest and plenty of cuddles can bring on a much-needed nap. You may also find yourself needing the comfort of your child. You're working extra hard to take care of them, you need all the love and support you can get. Don't be afraid to let your child's sweet cuddles give you a boost. They're there for you. Wrap your arms around your baby and enjoy their love.
3 Lukewarm Baths
There are few things as comforting to you or your baby as a warm bath. While your little one is under the weather you'll want to avoid bathwater that's too hot or too cold. Little ones with fevers should avoid added heat. If the water is too cold, the stark contrast from their elevated body temperature would be too abrupt and uncomfortable. The goal is to gently soothe your baby and encourage them to get more rest. Don't underestimate the power of sleep.
2 Soothe Rashes
Unfortunately, diaper rashes frequently accompany common childhood illnesses. If your baby has had thrush and now has a diaper rash you don't have to run to the pediatrician just yet. You don't need a prescription to beat it. A trip to your local grocery store for generic athlete's foot cream is all you need to soothe your baby's bottom. If their diaper rash isn't yeast related, you can still make your own inexpensive cure. Simply combine half a tube of A&D ointment, half a tube of zinc oxide, 1 tablespoon of bacitracin, and 1 tablespoon of liquid antacid. This mixture creates a protective barrier over the skin while soothing inflammation. It also has an antibiotic to fight infection.
1 Know When To Go
The first time your baby gets sick you may want to run straight to your pediatrician. As scary as it is to see your little one unwell it's important to know when to see a doctor and when to ride it out at home. Many symptoms of teething resemble illness. Fussiness, a low fever (anything under 101), and drooling are all signs that your little one may be expecting their first teeth. If these symptoms are not accompanied by coughing, sneezing, or congestion, they're nothing to worry about. If your child has signs of a cold such as coughing or congestion and a fever over 101 its a safe bet that they should see their doctor.