Given the changes in weather it is no surprise that your baby may now have its first cold. Other humans may look at you like you’re crazy when you tell them how worried you are that your baby is coughing, has snot dripping down their nose, and maybe even a slight fever, but you feel passionately that this could be threatening and therefore need to share this concern with your friends to double check. We’ve all been there, and know exactly what you’re going through.
Perhaps you’ve even gone into the hospital at 3am because your crying baby has a blocked nose or is making a slightly “different” noise when breathing. After putting your uncoordinated socks on in the middle of the night and hopping into the car, you feel slightly embarrassed when the skeptical paediatrician examines your, what is now a laughing, baby (how fun is it to be out at night and take the mickey out of you?) and determines they have “just a cold”. Well, we know how disappointing it can be to hear there isn’t much you can do other than home remedies, but here at moomboo, we want to make this unpleasant experience as pleasant as possible for you and your baby. So we decided to write a little blog about our top tips to keeping your little one as comfortable as possible so they can get over their cold quickly. Besides keeping your baby hydrated:
- Turn on the humidifier– if you have one, doctors recommend you turn it on in your baby’s room if humidity levels are below 30%. Although most babies love the sound of humidifiers, a silent humidifier is always best, so you can hear your baby’s breathing through the baby monitor on those more challenging nights.
- Incline your baby ensuring their head is a little higher than their feet– The best way to achieve this safely is to insert the moomboo wedge under the moomboo. If you’re waiting to get your hands on a moomboo, for now you can place a cushion under their crib mattress – oh and don’t forget to get yourself on the wait list.
- Buy menthol drops – You can put a few drops inside a bowl of warm water by the baby’s crib and/or on a muslin that you can place between the crib and the mattress. We do both to maximize the menthol, and place the humidifier close to both of those so they can spread the smell throughout the nursery (you should smell it in the morning!). In the UK you can buy lots of over-the-counter brands like Olmitos, Vicks, etc at your local chemist.
- Lots and lots of cuddles– even for babies on a routine, now is the time to relax your rules/routine and spoil them a little (or a lot). If you can ensure that you don’t bend your routine or rules for longer than 3 days, your baby will revert seamlessly into their old routine. If you have to stretch beyond that because the cold doesn’t get better, then you may just have to work a little harder to get them to fall asleep on their own (if you were in the middle of sleep training), or fall asleep without that extra cuddle.
- Buy nasal spray/ drops– Saline drops/spray are a great way to unblock those tiny little noses, especially if stiffer little buggers are in sight. The challenge is of course to get them to go in if your baby is wiggly or very strong like one ours! Again lots of over-the-counter options at Boots.
- Take your baby into a steamed shower/bathroom – running a hot shower and closing all the doors, you can create a mini steam room for your baby. Just hold your baby in your arms and go into the room for 10-15 minutes, and you’ll see how their airways unblock and their breathing gets instantly better.
- Make sure they are wearing appropriate clothes– ensure they are dressed appropriately for the season, but regulate clothing based on your baby’s preference. For example, one of our babies is very sensitive to heat, so we usually have put on one layer less than most other babies to bed. We get around that by adjusting the tog of his sleeping bags rather than the clothes he wears underneath. We love this JojoMaman Bebe sleep suit with removable sleeves which can also be used to transport baby from car seat/pram into bed without waking (great for the trip to the hospital if you have to take one!)
- Finally, if your baby has a predisposition for bronchiolitis (an inflammation of the bronchioles, causing those scary breathing noises which combined with a cold can make anyone panic) then ask your doctor about Ventolin– you need a prescription and it isn’t for everyone, but we wish we’d asked sooner as its helped our baby immensely!
Did we miss any of your favourite tips? If so, please let us know and we’ll add it to upcoming posts.
We hope you and your little one ride the cold out soon.
Here is to many restful nights of sleep ahead!