“My Baby is SICK”…. Sick – Worst word for us parents. As a parent you naturally worry, and it can definitely be very stressful for you because you don’t quite know what is wrong. You just notice a cough here and there, some sneezes, maybe he or she is not sleeping so well (but when do they really sleep amazingly, right?), so on and so forth. To add to that, for at least the first year and a half your sweet little thing won’t be able to communicate what is bothering them. Which, between us, really sucks, because as new parents the first year really is THE year where you freak out about everything haha. We literally use Google for every single situation, no matter how small it is.
Well in these 5 months, I’ve realize that parenthood goes hand by hand with guessing, going with the flow, and listening to your motherly instincts (turns out, it does exist, ha!). So you have to get use to playing the guessing game. Specially when unpredicted things come up. As expected, when your baby is sick things will not be any easier. Of course, you will hope that you are right on your first guess because seeing them in pain and discomfort is one of the hardest things you will have to deal with.
Let me tell you the story of the first time my son got sick- He was 3 weeks old and he was sleeping in his bassinet next to us. I woke up in the middle of the night to him struggling to breath and coughing. I got into my panic investigator mode and researched about what to do for hours. I spoke to my boyfriend’s sister, which is a nurse, called the emergency line at my son’s doctors office, called my mother, and of course used google. For 3 days straight I followed a list of steps that I gathered from my “investigation” haha and it did wonders. What I’ve heard is that a cold sticks around for 5 o 7 days but my son was fine after 3 days so let me share my secret.
First of all, RELAX! most of the time we, as new parents, overreact! Your child will be fine. Second, make sure you have Little Noses saline drops and a good nose bulb. Your child won’t like you sucking all the mucus out of their little noses but believe me it will help a ton. The next thing I do, at least twice a day, is turn on the shower as hot as possible and let it run and when the bathroom is steamy enough, I bring my son inside and I breastfeed him while we are in there. Another item you need is a vaporizer. I have Vicks vaporizer and it works great – for the vaporizer add a pinch of salt to the water so the vapor starts coming out faster. Also, If you can . . . breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed! A LOT – as much as possible. And last but not least, take him out for fresh air (if the weather allows it).
Hopefully this helps you stay calm and your little one feel better soon. And remember, RELAX! EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE. You got this