Oliver had his first little baby cold the other day. Between convincing my husband that we do not need to go to the ER and trying to find out what will help keep baby comfortable and happy, this first time mom experience was slightly stressful. For any other first time moms experiencing their first bought with a cold, here are 5 things that helped easy my conscience and made the process less painful.
1. You Do Not Need To The Doctor For Every Cold :)
Contrary to what Domenic wanted, we did not go to the doctor for Oliver's cold. He was running a fever, but it never climbed above 99.9 degrees F. If we had gone to the doctor, they would have simply told us to go home and keep an eye on him. At the most they may recommend Tylenol.
* If a baby is under 1 month old, go to the doctor for any fever. Consult your doctor on your first visit on what degree fever they would like you to come into the office.
2. Try To Keep Nasal Passages Clear
If you baby's nose is blocked it will make it harder for them to sleep on their back. The mucus will drain down their throat causing them to cough, and the gunk can cause them to have trouble breathing. To Keep Oliver's nose clear, we sprayed his nose with Little Remedies Saline Spray and used a nose aspirator to clear out the runny mess.
*The drops and spray from Little Remedies work equally well in my opinion.
3. Keep Baby Hydrated
Getting dehydrated can be really dangerous with a baby is sick. If your little one is overly sleepy, make sure that you wake them up every 6 hours to eat.
4. Let Them Rest and Play At Will
When Oliver was sick, I could have cared less about our schedule! If he wanted to sleep all morning and play during nap time, that was fine with me. Whatever he was in the mood for we did. He napped about 4 hours a day the days he was sick rather than his normal 2.
5. If Baby Has a High Fever, Do Skin To Skin
God made mothers with the amazing ability to regulate their baby's temperature. A mother's homeostatic Hormones can change their body's temperature to help lower or raise her baby's. If your baby's temperature is high, a mom's hormones can lower her temperature to help cool the baby off and the opposite when baby is too cold. It blows my mind how attune our bodies are to our babies. A little skin to skin can help bring that temperature down.
Has your baby ever had a cold?
How do you help them become healthy again?
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