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What to do When Your Baby is Sick For the First Time

Pregnancy Essentials

31 March 2017

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It’s that time of year again – when it seems like everyone I know is sick.  Thomas came home with it last Thursday complaining about a sore throat.  I really hoped it would go away within 2 or 3 days, but why should it be different than all the other times?  Nope, he has a full-blown cold now with the stuffed-up nose, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and fever.    Sounds a little like the good old Nyquil commercial, doesn’t it?

As if dealing with a “man cold” isn’t bad enough, the babies have it too now.  The first sign of it was Sven crying uncontrollably in the middle of the night.  That boy only wastes energy on crying when it’s absolutely necessary, so I picked him up and soothed him.  And then I heard him try to breathe through his nose and my heart sank to my stomach – it was all stuffed up!  Then I heard Thea in her crib do the same thing.  She tried to breathe out of her nose but it wasn’t happening!

What to do When Your Baby is Sick

So I felt the backs of their necks, cheeks, and foreheads to see if they had a fever – nope, cool as can be.  I felt Sven relaxing and falling asleep in my arms, so I put him back to bed and they both went right back to sleep.  They are such nice babies!

I watched that baby monitor like a hawk for the next hour until I was finally able to doze off to sleep.  Of course, their colds were full-blown the next morning.

But what can you really do when your baby gets a cold?

First of All – Check the Signs

If you’re freaking out a little bit because this is your baby’s first cold just remember:

  • Everything is fine as long as your baby doesn’t have a high fever.
  • Everything is fine if he keeps drinking and wetting his diapers.
  • If the symptoms keep on for more than a few days, it’s time to go to the doctor.
  • If he’s running a fever and starts to seem apathetic, go to the doctor or emergency room.
  • Most importantly:  Keep calm and listen to those mama instincts.

Fever – What to do

I think the most important thing is keeping a close watch on them.  A baby’s fever can come or go within minutes.

As you probably know, a fever isn’t necessarily all bad.  Its purpose is to raise the body’s temperature enough to kill off certain bacteria and viruses sensitive to temperature changes.  Nonetheless, you don’t want the fever to get too high for too long.

My doctor told me that the magic number is 103° F.  If they seem too uncomfortable and can’t sleep even though they’re tired, I should give them acetaminophen suppositories.  If the fever continues to rise, I should call him.  If they seem apathetic, it’s time to go to the emergency room.  He also told me to be mentally prepared for fever cramps, which are supposedly normal, but I sure as heck never want to experience that!

Lucky for us we only needed the suppositories once – and they worked like a charm.

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Stuffed-up Nose

There’s nothing more heart-wrenching than a baby who can’t breathe through his nose.  He can’t drink properly, can’t sleep soundly, and is just plain miserable.

There are a few things you can do to somewhat alleviate the symptoms.  The most effective one is to put breast milk in a clean, empty nose spray bottle and use it as a nose spray.  As you know, human breast milk has antibacterial and powerful healing properties.

Because I didn’t have any milk, I used a combination of FridaBaby and saline spray and was very happy with the results.

Shorty before bedtime, I do a round of FridaBaby and saline spray and prop up their mattresses on one end with a pillow.  That way they can sleep slightly inclined and the mucus can drain.  The drainage sometimes leads to gagging or coughing, but that’s not the kind of coughing you’re worried about.

Coughing

The coughing you’re worried about is the mucousy bronchial coughing.  I can’t think of a better way to describe it, but you know what I mean.

I’m happy to say that we haven’t had too many issues with that type of coughing, but I probably say this because we use Prospan or Zarbee’s by the first mucousy cough.

There’s only one thing that I think works even better than Zarbee’s, and that is Prospan.  Ivy leaf extract is the main ingredient in both syrups, but Prospan seems to work faster.  It is so effective that Thomas and I both use is when we get ill.  It prevents the nasty bronchial infections we always used to get.

Lastly – A Few Extra Tips

If all else fails, there are still a few tricks to help your baby feel more comfortable so they can sleep better and recover faster. The Honest Company Breathe Easy Rub for baby’s chest, neck, back, and bottoms of feet really helps.  Not only does it help them breathe better, but the lavender oil helps them sleep better.  P.S.  It also works well for mommies with insomnia.  

A humidifier is a great thing to use if the air in your house tends to be on the dry side.  This too can alleviate baby’s coughing.

If you’ve read this article because your baby is sick, then I wish you and your sweetie (or sweeties) a big fat “Get Well Soon!”  You can rest assured, this will be over quicker than you think.  Babies tend to recover a lot faster than adults (at least that’s been my experience.)

Keep that chin up.  Everything will be fine, mama.

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