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It’s been a little while since I’ve been here on the blog and it’s all thanks to new routines (i.e. me going back to work). Starting in the new year I began part-time again at my old school and I couldn’t be happier. But, with going back to school comes new germs for both myself and Grey, who started daycare for the very first time this month.
With the flu epidemic going on and that pesky cold that never seems to go away, I’ve found myself home with my little guy who seems to be suffering from boogies, runny nose, and a little cough. Before heading to the doctor I’ve been sticking to some pretty easy remedies to help my little guy feel comfortable.
Stay Calm, Mama
No mama out there enjoys seeing their child sick, but it’s important that when they are beginning to show symptoms that you understand just what is happening. My pediatrician always shares with us that when Grey begins showing signs of a viral infection or even a rash here and there, it’s his body’s way of fighting something off. He stresses that if the symptoms are minor to let Grey’s body do what knows how to do best – fight off infection. I’ve learned, since day one of being a new mom and by my pediatrician’s guidance, that his developing immune system should be given opportunities to build up antibodies for things like the common cold and food irritations. That way he has a better chance of fighting these same illnesses in the future.
But, that still leaves me with the job of making this process for Grey as comfortable as possible. Most doctors, and the American Academy of Pediatrics might I add, don’t recommend over-the-counter medications for cold and flu symptoms for children younger than 6 for a variety of reasons. So what is a mom to do when sickness strikes their baby or toddler?
Here are a few ways we’ve been instructed to care for our son that are easy, healthy, and without the use of medicine.
This is foremost the most important rule of thumb when your little one is sick or feeling under the weather. Their little bodies are so busy trying to fight off whatever might be ailing them, so naturally they’ll feel more lethargic and tired. Rest, and restful activities (i.e. reading, puzzles, watching their favorite show or movie, etc.), are very important as when they’re sleeping their bodies are repairing and fighting.
Saline and Boogie Suckers
I love using our Nose Frieda personally, but there are all kinds of nasal aspirators out there for you to find. No matter what, your kid is going to hate you when you have to use it, but at the end of the day it helps clear those nasty boogies that are keeping your little one congested or even dripping into their sinuses. Saline is another great option to help clear and break up thick mucus and doesn’t contain any artificial ingredients. Boogie Wipes and their Spray has been super helpful for Greyson as he continues to battle his runny nose this week!
Vick’s Baby Rub
Getting a nice warm massage using Vick’s Baby has been a longtime favorite of Greyson’s – even moreso when he’s sick. It’s a great option to use to not only help soothe him, but it appears to have magic
Humidifier & Warm Baths
Another great product I swear by is our humidifier from Crane. We’ve placed it near his crib, which allows a gentle flow of cool mist (a recommendation by our doctor as well). I’ve noticed a huge difference in his breathing and ability to sleep comfortably when plugging it in and getting it going in his room. So thankful for this baby registry purchase!
But if you don’t have a humidifier, don’t worry! Simple warm baths (even with you!) that generate steam can help curb the coughing and loosen those nasal passages.
Nothing makes a child feel or heal faster than some lovin’ from mom and dad. A lot of snuggles are going on in the Daniel household today as well as extra time reading books and watching endless episodes of PJ Masks. I’m pretty much at his beck-and-call today, but despite the circumstances I don’t mind being needed and loved on.
A Doctors Visit
This one is pretty obvious, right? Above all else ones intuition should always be followed no matter how pre-cautious or irrational you feel like you’re being. We’ve all been there when you look up a runny nose on Google and everything from allergies to cancer floods the screen. Never doubt your feelings and whether or not you should call your child’s doctor.
Today we went in and found out Grey has croup. Personally I’ve never heard of it, but I’ve since learned that it’s a viral infection of the windpipe and voice box causing a barky cough and accompanied by similar symptoms of a cold. Thankfully his case is mild and can be treated at home with the remedies listed above – but it took going to the doctor to find out what exactly he is fighting and catching it sooner rather than later. Knowledge is half the battle, mamas, so never second guess yourself!
What helps you and your child(ren) recover from sickness? I would love to find new methods to treat simple symptoms at home that don’t require medicine!