How to Take Care of a Sick Baby During Flu Season
Most Parent's Worst Nightmare - The Fever
LOVE the FeverFrida Unfortunately sickness for baby's often means fevers. Fevers in newborns (0-3 months) are especially scary as it could mean meningitis. So, what constitutes as a fever in a baby? Well, a normal temp can range from 97 degress Fahrenheit to 100.3 degrees so anything over that could mean they have a fever. If your child is 0-3 months old call your doctor right away as this is considered an emergency! But, if they are older than 3 months consult your doctor as to when they would like you to contact them.
Ok, so you have taken baby's temperature and established that they do, in fact, have a fever. So, how do you go about taking baby's temperature to make sure it doesn't get into a danger zone without waking them up? My favorite thing is the FeverFrida. This handy little doodad is my favorite thing for monitoring my daughter's temperature without waking her up. It attaches under her armpit via an adhesive patch and checks her temperature every 4 seconds, then sends that information to my phone. Never had such a good nights rest when she has been sick. So, besides monitoring their temperature talk to your doctor to see what dosages of medicine you can give baby to help fight off their illness and lower that fever. My personal favorite is Tylonel since it's gentle on baby and with their syringe I can usually get her to swallow it fairly easily. Always a plus.
Pesky Stuffy Noses
If you live somewhere cold you are no stranger to a stuffy nose all. winter. long. That constant battle between hot and cold temperatures makes for a not-so-happy baby. But getting that mucous out of those tiny noses is super difficult! I mean, have you TRIED those bulb syringes? They don't really do that great. And the babies scream. The entire time. Ugh. So, here's what I do instead: 1. Loosen up that mucous. I either go sit in the shower or at least the bathroom with the shower on as hot as it can go to create a lot of steam. This helps loosen it all up so my baby can breathe a little better. 2. Saline drops = the angels singing in the heavens. Send a couple drops into those cute little nostrils and watch that mucous come right on out! It is especially great for right before you put baby to bed at night so it can work all night long. 3. Get a humidifier (are you seeing a pattern here? Warm moisture). This is great especially if you live in an older house. That humidifer will help baby's throat and nose not dry out as much from the heater going all day long. 4. NoseFrida. Better than the bulb syringe in so many ways. You control the suction with your mouth and it easier to move around so you can get all those pesky little edges. Just make sure you use the filters so you don't eat your baby's boogers.
The NoseFrida is perfect for sucking out all those little boogers.