Let’s talk baby sickness.
No parent likes it and it hurts to see our little one in pain. They’re crying, fussy, congested, AND they’re sick.
First of all, I’m the super cautious mom when it comes to baby sickness. That’s why I do my best to avoid it during my baby’s first few months!
I limit cold wind exposure by using a car seat cover (which I’m referring to October/December weather here).
I cut down store trips – that I used to do 4-5 times a week!
I avoided hospitals (or places that had too many people hanging around).
I made sure my little one was prepared before going in for her Doctor appointments – which means she’ll be getting shots!
And even when I did all of this, I still ended up battling my baby’s FIRST sickness at 6 months old: a fever and cold.
So how did I do it?
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How I Battled My Baby’s First Fever & Cold
When my baby got her first fever at 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit, Mama instinct kicked in and I immediately did 5 things:
- Use a baby thermometer
- Give her Infant’s Tylenol
- Loosen her clothes and removed blankets
- Boiled eggs
- Give her a sponge bath
1. Baby Thermometer
The first and most important thing you need in your Mama life is a baby thermometer. Or else, how are you going to take your little one’s temperature??
This rectal thermometer is my favorite and is most recommended for infants under 3 months. But I like to use it even after 3 months.
When my little one began to show signs of warmth, I was able to tell because of her rosy cheeks. And the first thing I did? Take her temperature.
2. Infant’s Tylenol
Medicine is one important thing your little one needs when he or she runs a fever. Whether it’s home remedies or OTC medications, your baby needs SOMETHING to help fight off the fever internally.
In my case, I used Infant’s Tylenol. My little one was 6 months old and by using the Infant’s Tylenol chart, I gave her the appropriate milliliter and made sure my baby consumed all of the medicine (of course, with several little breaks in between).
I noticed that her fever slowly cooled down within 30 minutes.
3. Loosen Clothes and Remove Blankets
Another thing I did was loosen her clothes and removed any blankets she had with her.
I took off my little’s one pants (but left her onesie on) and made sure I kept the diaper on. I also turned on the ceiling fan to medium speed to give the room some cool air.
Doing this helped exposed my little one to cool air so that her body temperature can cool down.
4. Boiled Eggs
In my family tradition, using boiled eggs is a popular home remedy to reduce fever.
The first thing I did was boil 4-5 eggs until it is fully cooked, leave it to cool a little bit (for reasons that I will further explain), and then peel off the egg shell.
The method is to “roll” the peeled egg (while it is still warm but not scorching hot!) around my little one’s body so that it can suction out any fever/sickness.
After the rolled peeled egg begins to cool down, I was able to see the results of this method by breaking the egg in half to see the yolk of the egg. The yolk had many dark spots (which indicates the sickness that has been suctioned out).
You can repeat this a few times a day until the spots are no longer there.
I know, it sounds a little strange but this method works wonders for me and it’s been used in my culture for many years!
5. Give a Sponge Bath
Another thing I did to help my baby’s fever was giving her a sponge bath.
I made sure my little one was stripped of her clothes (only to the diaper) so that it would be easier to wipe her body down.
By using a wash cloth, I ran it under warm water and slowly washed her body.
I realized that this method was able to help cool down my baby’s fever within a few minutes.
As for my baby’s cold, which lasted for more than a week, I did 6 things that helped made the cold go away:
- Use a humidifer
- Apply Baby Vick’s
- Give a warm and steamy bath
- Use Boogie Wipes
- Use the Snot Sucker
- Spray Saline Solution
You’re probably wondering if you need a humidifier or not but I tell you this, it’ll be worth every dollar to get one. Especially when it concerns your baby’s health, there’s no question about it!
I was able to use my humidifier to help my little one breathe better at night AND throughout the day when she started a cold. It was able to moisturize the air and help my little one reduce her coughing as well as her mucus build-up.
I kept this on every night and left it on until the following morning.
And if you’re still wondering whether a humidifier is good for you or not, I actually did a little test with this. For one night, I turned off the humidifier to see what the effects may be and it turns out, my husband (and yes, the husband was starting to get sick too!) and my little one ended up coughing more.
Of course I turned it immediately back on as soon as I realized that but I knew that a humidifier helped a great deal when it came to baby sickness.
If you’re curious about which humidifier to use, I recommend Vick’s Filter-Free Cool Mist Humidifier. You don’t have to change any filters except if you would like to place in VapoPads or Vick’s Pediatric VapoPads (the Baby Vick’s version that is safe to use for infants/babies), which can help you or your little one with easier breathing.
2. Baby Vick’s
One reason why this product was created was to help relax and calm fussy babies using eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary.
I rubbed this all over my 6-month old’s chest and back and made sure it was applied a few times throughout the day.
I saw that it helped calm my baby more and she was able to sleep better at night.
3. A Warm & Steamy Bath
By giving my little one a warm and steamy bath, I was able to help loosen her mucus.
I gave my little one a long, steamy bath every night that she was sick and found that it played a factor in helping her get better from her cold.
The key to this is to expose her to “steam”, which helps with congestion and breathing.
4. Boogie Wipes
In case you didn’t know what boogie wipes are, they’re basically wipes that contains water and salt to help make it easier to wipe baby’s boogers.
This is not a necessity but I find it very helpful when there are those crusty dried boogers around my little one’s nose that a normal tissue wouldn’t be able to help with.
I only purchased one small pack of 30 wipes to help because I didn’t use it every day but it came in handy for the crusty moments.
Dealing with snot is a long term battle. It just doesn’t seem to go away! Even when I tried every method to help with congestion, snot seems to appear and I would have to whip out this Snot Sucker and suction out all the mucus that is hiding at the back of my baby’s nose!
During the meantime, using the Snot Sucker became my friend.
6. Saline Solution
Saline solution is great for loosening up mucus inside the nose. It also makes it easier to suck out mucus when using it with the Snot Sucker!
That’s why when I use my Snot Sucker, I also use a saline solution.
My favorite is Little Remedies Saline Spray.
It’s cheaper to buy this one (compared to the NoseFrida brand – which is the same brand as the Snot Sucker) and you can save a few dollars getting something that works the same!
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All in all, these methods are a lot to work with. But when my little one is sick, Mama will do all that she can to make sure little one gets better soon.
What methods have you tried? What worked for you and what didn’t? Please do share as we all would like to know!
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