It is heartbreaking to see your child suffer, especially when they don’t understand what is happening to them. So, what can you do to help your little one?
My son had his first cold at 6 weeks, but luckily it wasn’t too severe. He did have a congested sinus, though, and that really stressed me out – the thought of him being unable to breathe. My dad’s advice was “suck the snot out”. Yes, that sounds gross; but, you’ll find you’ll do anything to make your baby feel better … and we’re lucky that nowadays you can get an apparatus for this purpose (instead of literally sucking the snot out with a straw, as my dad once did!). I got a NoseFrida Baby Nasal Aspirator – “The Snotsucker”! – and it worked wonders!
You place the tip of the tube at your baby’s nostril without putting it inside, and take a long drag on the straw through the mouthpiece (watch how to use it, here). It kind of sounds like when you blow your nose, and you can see the snot actually leaving their little nose! (Trust me, you’ll get excited, too, the first time you help your baby breathe with this thing.) I had tried those aspirators that look like a ball with a nozzle, or a big plastic syringe, but they were useless.
This time around, my baby has the same horrible virus that I’ve got (*sniffle*), and has just had his first fever at 6 months. I actually cried. It was only mild, and it didn’t last long, but I could tell he felt really bad. He kept breastfeeding in between his regular feeding times, and just wanted me to hold him all evening. I gave him some baby Panadol (suitable from 1 month to 2 years), as recommended by my doctor and that, along with removing a layer of clothing, helped bring the fever down.
I also gave my little man some cool water to drink, as my lactation/feeding specialist recommended this anyway once he’d started on solids. You’d need to check with your doctor or feeding specialist in case your baby is too young to be given water. And, of course, the water should be boiled and cooled first, so it is safe from harmful bacteria.
These are just things I’ve found worked for me, and are based on professional advice that I’ve received (but I’m no professional myself!). So, always do what your doctor recommends, and if you’re worried after hours or your baby has a high fever, just go to the hospital. It’s better to look like an overly-worried new mum than risk there being something seriously wrong with your baby.
One of the best things you can do for your sick little one is give them lots of cuddles! More than anything, they just want to know you’re there for them.
Get well soon, little bubs!
Mini Mummi Blogger 🌺
Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!