1. Write down a list of questions to ask your pediatrician.
With sleep deprivation as a new parent, our minds can be racing with 1400 questions, yet when we call to speak to a nurse at the office, they all mystically escape. You are your baby's advocate and have every right to ask questions. Having a list of questions handy to ask your pediatrician will keep your thoughts in one place and put your mind at ease. It’s also a good idea to keep track of your baby's wet/dirty diapers, feeding and sleep schedule to share with the pediatrician especially if you’re combating a fever.
2. Simplify your schedule when your infant is sick.
All bets are off when the little one is feeling fussy and ill. Something usually has to give, so don’t hesitate to cut yourself some slack. It's okay if a load of laundry has to wait or it's a breakfast-for-dinner kind of night.
3. Stop the spread of the illness.
To stop the cold from spreading to you and the rest of your family, you should be:
- Washing your hands
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, or mouth
- If you do feel run down and have to cough or sneeze, do so into the bend of your arm, not into your hands
- Disinfect remote controls, door handles, cell phones, etc.
- Eating properly and staying well hydrated to keep your immune system strong and healthy.
4. Saline Drops and Bathroom Steam Snuggles.
Caring for an infant with an upper respiratory infection mostly involves comfort measures rather than treatment. Ask your pediatrician if they recommend saline drops that can help loosen thick mucus secretions and help clear out their tiny nasal passages for easier breathing. Along with saline drops, consider the Nose Frida to help gently remove excess mucus.
Bathroom Steam can also help loosen some of your baby's congestion. Get comfy sitting in the bathroom while running the shower to steam up the room with the door closed. Snuggling as you sit in the steamy air for fifteen minutes or so may help your baby breathe easier and provide comfort.
It may sound obvious, but it is often one of the most difficult things to remember during a stressful time like your baby's first cold. A sick baby can put you in worry mode fast, leading to impatience with ourselves and other family members. You may be needing to soothe baby more frequently so having a helping hand around the house can make a huge difference.
Managing a sick baby, carpools, laundry, work, cooking and taking care of the house can take a toll on you and your family. Practicing patience with some deep breaths, a few short catnaps, or a quick shower, can make a world of difference.
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