Thursday, March 7, 2013

What to do when your baby's sick

Having a sick baby sucks! Firstly, there's not much you can do...they can't tell you what's wrong with them and watching them wheeze and cough is heartbreaking. 

Here are some things you CAN do to try to relieve them:

Nasal Aspirator
The most important thing is to keep their nasal passages clear - they can usually only breathe thru their nose. I love the Nose Frida because it just sucks it all out. She screams and cries (and it's totally gross) but it does the job well.

Rub a small amount on your baby's chest or the bottom of their foot. Their skin is still really thin - a little goes a long way. This helps them breathe better.

Saline Nose Drops
These are totally natural and have to medicinal ingredients. Drop these in after you use the nasal aspirator to keep the nasal passages clear as well as reducing the chances of getting a sinus infection.

Use this at night - only if your child is pre-rolling over. Put it underneath the crib's beds sheet to keep their head elevated.

Lots of TLC (for baby AND mommy)
Usually when kids are sick, they only want their mommy. They want to be held and comforted since they aren't feeling well. When my daughter's sick, she wants to be close to me ALL day! Although I love the closeness, this can be really draining for me. And it's so hard to watch her have a stuffy nose -  I'm worrying full force! At the end of the day, Mommy needs a big hug too!

Good Luck!
Don't worry mommies, it will be over in a week! If not, take baby to the Doctor to check their ears as well. And as soon as your baby's almost better, take them for a short walk to get some FRESH air!


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