With all the exciting firsts happening in Evelyn’s life, the one I was not looking forward to was her first cold. But it’s inevitable. At 8 months Evelyn caught a very bad cold. And I’m not just talking the sniffles but a terrible cough as well. Have you ever heard a baby cough? It’s very scary. Talk about feeling helpless.
Now clearly I’m not recreating the wheel but here are a few things I do to help keep my kids as comfortable as I can when they are under the weather. Because there’s really only so much you can do. And maybe this post could help a new mom. I know I needed all the tips/advice I could get (and still do) when they aren’t well.
Clearly I’m not recreating the wheel...
Boogie Wipes : I prefer using this to dry Kleenex. Boogie Wipes are moist and much softer on their delicate noses.
Baby Vicks : I rub a little on their chest or back and foot bottom with socks at night. Make sure its the baby brand and not the one for grown-ups. The baby version is much milder for their sensitive airways.
Vicks Humidifier : I turn this on at night. The warm mist and aroma of Vicks in the air helps with their stuffy nose. Not to mention the smell in the air brings me back to my own childhood!
Saline : I spray this prior to using the Nose Frida
Nose Frida : Now I don’t know a child that loves having the snot sucked out of their nose. And most times with my two year old it turns into an Olympic sport. But this instrument is key.
Forehead Thermometer : I find this so easy to use especially with my obsessive temperature taking problem.
I elevate her crib mattress by using a rolled up towel underneath. Who wants to be flat on their back when you have so much mucus floating around in your head. During the course of the night Evelyn would slide down the mattress a little so it’s not the perfect technique but it does help initially. But who am I kidding, for the most part, these kids are in our bed when they aren’t well. I can keep a good hawk eye on them all night.
And of course lots of cuddles and kisses.
From my home to yours,