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