Dear First Time Mum – The Cold Season Won’t Last Forever
I can just about remember the first time my baby had a cold. I felt utterly helpless as he struggled to breathe, especially at night. Now we’ve been through several weather seasons and still surviving the nursery germs, what will I do differently with baby number 2?
I bet you’re reading this during the 2am feed. However, the little one is off his food because he’s got the sniffles. He can’t breathe through his nose properly and you have no way of telling him to use his mouth. A cough had started too. It’s it tickly or chesty? Either way, it’s disrupting hours sleep and you weren’t getting much of that to start with. Well, you’ve no doubt done extensive Googled research. But that’s has left you none-the-wiser. The grandparents are already telling you to go to the Doctors but your instincts are saying no. So what do you do?
Give him lots of cuddles. When you’re ill, you love cuddles so little one might love them too. If it helps him sleep better, bring him into bed with you. As long as you do it safely, you can both enjoy a bit of sleep. Just don’t broadcast this to everyone as you’ll be told off for forming bad habits. Remember he’s ill, so treat it as exceptional circumstances 😉
Paracetamol is a miracle worker. You may struggle to get him to take any very early on but persevere and he’ll soon like the taste. You can also attempt to clear his airways by taking him into the bathroom with you – the steam helps. If you don’t want to regularly have the world’s longest and expensive showers/baths – then there are products that can help too. Saline nasal sprays are great if he lets you use it. Some of your friends find vapour room diffusers very helpful too.
Vapour rub is our current go-to item. t was a great discovery so why not try that first before starting a collection of barely used products. Yes they do them for babies too, like Vicks Baby rub. Don’t worry, it’s has mild fragrances which includes Lavender that you love. It is also soothes and moisturises the delicate skin of your baby. Use it at night after a lovely bath but before bedtime and you should soon notice the difference. You can use it during the day too. Try and give every new thing 3 days before throwing it by the way side.
If nothing seems to be working, there’s no harm in taking him see a professional. Oh and congratulations on your little bundle of joy…yes the joyous stage will come eventually.
Lots of love,
Your crazy future self who is about to have another baby.
This post is an entry for BritMums #VicksBabyRub Challenge, sponsored by Vicks BabyRub. Specially designed for babies aged 6 months and over, Vicks BabyRub is available at Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Asda, Waitrose and all good pharmacy chains. RRP £3.99.