I’ll admit, I feel like I’m still learning to interpret baby. So many cues and you’re always guessing to the exact meaning. Sometimes though, you get an absolute – and then it’s a question of formulating your course of action
A couple of weeks ago was an especially It’s rough week – and we found ourselves experiencing just that. All through Sunday night into Monday, we heard coughs and whimpers from Quinn. In the morning when I pulled him out of the bed, there were tears in his eyes. The look on his face said what is happening? Can you make it stop?
That Monday I stayed home with him. A visit to the doctor set out our game plan, which included a few items we didn’t have before. It also meant pulling out several things we had but I hadn’t thought of. Here’s a run down of the items we used for battle, in case helpful for your own first battle of fighting the evil sniffles. Note: in our case, it turned out our little man had something a bit tougher requiring antibiotics. Important to monitor progress and raise your hand if the situation does not improve.
- Boogie Spray – This nasal saline option is a great item to have on your shelf. The angled dispenser makes it easier for use on wiggly babies and it helps to keep their nasal passages from drying out while sick. Q didn’t love this while we were spraying, but we could tell it provided lots of relief.
- Graco NasalClear Aspirator – We had only ever tried the Nose Frida, but our doctor highly recommended the Graco option. Rather than the human suction force with the Nose Frida, the Graco one is battery operated with parts you can easily clean for use time and time again. We found this option a bit more effective for him.
- Crib Wedge – Our doctor mentioned we could use books for this, but we wanted something more comfortable for him. Amazon Prime and hiccapop and their foldable crib wedge to the rescue! Though over time he often shifted away from the elevated portion, believe this was helpful in getting him to fall asleep when he was at his most congested. Really have been pleased with this one we ordered.
- Humidifier – With it being summer, I never would have thought this would be so important to add into the mix. Every night, we ran this humidifier to help Q breathe a bit better. We also did a steam bath with him at least once a day (the doctor recommended 3x/daily.)
- Culturelle – If your baby does end up having to have antibiotics, this is is a must. Add one packet into baby’s midday bottle to help avoid an upset stomach.
Thankfully, he’s now doing better. It’s been a long process though. I wish I could say he was the only one to fall ill. It truly only takes 30 inches of a little man to take down an entire family. Who knew? Consider us all now on watch.
What are some of your favorite remedies to have at the ready? Would love to hear. Chime in below in the comments.