Tips for Caring for Your Sick Baby

As a new parent, having a sick baby can be a scary experience. Baby Comfy brings you products to help you best in these situations, giving you the tools to make caring for your sick baby a little bit less scary. Here are some tips to get you through your baby’s first cold.

1. HYDRATION.

Keeping your child hydrated during a cold is important. If they are less than 6 months old do not offer water, offer breastmilk or formula only. Be sure to look for 6-8 wet diapers per day as an indicator that they are receiving enough fluids. For toddlers and older children, offer water or fluids such as pedialyte on a regular basis to keep them hydrated properly.

2. ASPIRATION.

We all know how frustrating it is to not be able to breath, particularly for babies who are obligate nose breathers. To effectively treat your baby’s nasal congestion, use a saline solution first to loosen any hardened mucus followed by a good quality nasal aspirator to suck out the remaining mucus to keep baby breathing freely. Pediatricians are now recommending the new self-suctioning type aspirators over bulb and battery operated products. (links to where to by nose)

3. HUMIDITY.

Dry air can play a big role in congestion, so keeping rooms cool and moist can certainly help. Be sure to use as per manufacturer’s suggestions.

4. WARMTH

We all know how soothing a warm bath is when we don’t feel our best, and baby is no exception. Not only will a nice warm bath be soothing it can help keep nasal passageways clear as well.

5. ELEVATION.

To avoid mucus from settling back into the nose or the chest, try to keep baby’s head elevated as much as possible. Do not use pillows in any crib or while baby is unattended. Holding your baby or using products that already safely elevate the head such as bouncers or car seats can be helpful.

6. TEMPERATURE.

You will want to keep a close eye on your child’s temp throughout the day. Do not administer any over-the-counter medications to children less than 6 months old without consulting your pediatrician first.

7. NO ASPIRIN.

While this may be great for adults it is dangerous for small children. Never give your child aspirin unless instructed by a physician.

8. REST

When a baby is sick they can tend to be fussy, but they will also sleep a lot. If they are tired, let them sleep. Don’t be overly concerned about sleep schedules or routines during this period. Let their little bodies heal the way they need to and recover. They are building useful anti-bodies at this time and expending energy. Rest is essential.

9. SWADDLE

To ease the fussiness and irritation your baby  might be experiencing, try swaddling your baby in a tight blanket to make them feel more secure and at ease.

10. ESSENTIAL OILS

My grandmother swore by Vicks vapor rub for just about every ailment, and I still use it today. However if you are looking for a more natural solution you can use Eucalyptus oil in a diffuser in baby’s room to help with congestion and keep nasal passages clear. This is a great combination to use with the Baby Comfy Nasal Aspirator and other methods of clearing congestion.