This is what every mother dreads, a baby that catches a cold or virus. No one wants to see their child in pain and it is a little tricky with babies, because you cannot really give them medication. So, what should you do when baby (from Newborns through toddler age – 1 1/2 -2) becomes ill?
TURN ON THE HUMIDIFIER QUCKLY
Use a nose syringe to help the baby breathe
Monitor their temperature
breasfeed much much more or give fluids (babies under 8 months, consult a doctor about fluids other than milk).
For a fever, give baby Tylenol and use a cool damp cloth on the babies forehead/body. It will bring down the temperature.
If the baby has a fever, do not cover them with lots of blankets.
Use baby saline to loosen mucus
Do not go out with baby in the air, especially in large crowds
Make everyone wash there hands
Keep baby away from friends and family who have a cold, cold like symptoms, or getting over a cold or flu.
Keep room/area clean and sterilized
When to call the doctor
Fevers over 101 degrees
Baby is not feeding/eating
Baby will not sleep/restless
A Mother’s instinct. It is better to be safe than sorry and you know your child better than anyone. Also, you can always call a nurse on the phone to receive guidance.
Continue theses steps consistently until the baby feels better!
Christine Parker – Blogger, Mommy, and Dill Team Member