When my babies get sick, I feel absolutely helpless. They get sick, they recover and are back to normal. I start to feel some sense of relief and then BOOM! They’re sick... again. And by “sick” I mean runny noses like leaky faucets, nagging coughs that interrupt peaceful sleep and around the clock nursing for baby who has suddenly lost her appetite for anything except breastmilk. It's exhausting, for the entire family.
These colds and coughs seem never ending, especially during the winter and flu season. With that being said, when my babies get sick, I feel a little more equipped to fight the sickness when I have these things at home:
Echinacea Drops for Infants & Toddlers - These drops can be given to even infants at the onset of cold like symptoms. I think we've definitely beat a few colds that tried to get the girls by simply adding this to their water once or twice a day.
FeverFrida the iThermonitor - This is good for smaller babies and probably works best if you start using it early on (i.e. your child's first cold if they're an infant or under one). I got it pretty late in the game and my 1.5 year old tugged at and kept ripping it off in her sleep.
Vicks® Rectal Thermometer - One of my favorite thermometers and I've tried a few including digital. Seems to be the most accurate and rectal is hailed as the gold standard for assessing a fever temperature.
Vicks® Babyrub™ Soothing Ointment - Typically I only use the Vicks when baby is super congested and having trouble sleep peacefully at night. I apply it behind the ears, on the soles of feet (with socks on over), and on the chest. I probably get a little carried away - oh well.
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier - This humidifier is tried and true. My aunts used this exact same humidifier for my cousins when they were growing up. It gets smaller rooms pretty humid quickly and the Vicks VapoPads seem to help with congestion relief as well.
Last but not least, lemons! When life gives you lemons make lemonade or in our case, I add lemon juice to their smoothies, water and even let them eat the slices especially when they’re feeling under the weather. Lemon contains vitamin C which helps to maintain a strong immune system and is proven to fight colds.
If your little ones are sick, take it easy, let them do what they want and try not to be too hard on yourself. We’ll be here at home for the next couple of days sleeping in, watching movies, playing and staying up late way past bedtime until everyone is feeling much better.