Well, it happened, sooner than I would have hoped but it happened none the less. HD had his first cold. It was inevitable, school started which mean both Levi and Hunter were carriers of all the germs that come associated with school and personal hygiene isn’t something that a 6 and almost 4-year-old excel at. I don’t mean they aren’t clean, but covering their mouths instead of sneezing into a babies face is definitely something we need to work at. So, at 6 weeks old, HD got his first cold. Thankfully it was very mild.
Because it was so mild we didn’t feel a trip to the doctors was necessary. If he had been in distress or running even a mild fever I would NOT have hesitated, and we would have headed to the ER at the very first sign. As it was, he only had nasal congestion so we were able to manage it at home.
It is terrible seeing your little ones sick as it is, when they aren’t to talk and tell you what is wrong it seems so much worse. But we always seem to make it through. Here’s how we muddled through.
- Steam: Turn the shower on full heat, close the curtain and just go sit in the bathroom. This really helped loosen up the mucus and helped him to breathe a little easier. After the first time, I made sure to strip him a diaper and put clothes on right afterwards because the steam made his clothes damp and he was freezing afterwards. Putting warm dry clothes on after coming out of the bathroom really helped. This also turned out to be a perfect time for me to shower while HD sat in his baby chair in the bathroom.
- Nasal Aspirator: It’s a job nobody likes, especially the baby but they help. I used it constantly but it is most effective following that steam. I’ve only ever used the one with the ball at the end. It works. I am told there are better ones out there but I haven’t tried them. Oddly enough I never used one with Hunter. Ever.
- Eucalyptus wax melts: I wrote about this one before but it still applies, these are my go to when anyone in my house is sick.
- Co-sleeping: I am usually 100% against this, I fail terribly at not doing it though. However, when my babies are sick they often sleep with us. HD is no different, he slept on my arm which kept him at an angle that allowed him to breathe just a little easier.
- Cuddles: The only thing that truly comforted our sick baby, or even the older two when they are sick, is cuddles. There is nothing like a mommy or a daddy cuddle to make you feel better. Hell, I love cuddles when I am not feeling good I just get them from my husband now instead.
Like I said this was a super mild cold, it only lasted a couple of days and its was nearly 100% nasal congestion. We made it through with only minor discomfort and we were lucky it didn’t involve a trip to the doctor. What things to you suggest helping make you baby more comfortable when they’re sick?