What To Do When Your Baby has a Cold

Both my babies have got colds at the moment, and I’ve come down with it as well. It’s good in a way, because it means I can guess how they’re feeling…..pretty dreadful! It’s so hard with babies, because they can’t blow their nose, and they end up waking up all the time with blocked noses and coughs from the snot running down the back of their throats. My first port of call is always the NHS website, and I’m never embarrassed to call my GP. Often I don’t actually go in, but they’ll call me back and calm me down. Now that we’re in Dubai, we have to get permission from our insurance company to go to the doctor, and it’s all much more of a palaver. I reckon I’ve read every article on the internet about what you can do when your baby has a cold, and although you can’t make it go away, there are a few tips that can help with the symptoms. 

1. Steam really helps with unblocking stuffy noses. So take their baby bouncer into the bathroom with you, get them comfortable, and turn on the shower. You’ll get more steam from a shower than running the bath. In reality this is a real hassle, but it definitely works. I’ve also bought this vaporiser, which I leave on in their rooms overnight. It’s really effective, and makes a comforting bubbly noise.
2. Put a little bit of Vicks VapoRub on the soles of their feet. Or a dab of Olbas Oil for Children on a muslin near their cot {making sure they can’t reach it and suck it!}. You can also get Vicks Vapopads for the vaporiser. This can help clear their nose.
3. Raise one end of the cot up using bricks or books. We’ve recently had a night nurse, who is a paediatric nurse, and she put the cot up really high! Like at least five inches. She also recommended that we encourage Arthur to lie on his front, so that all the snot runs out of his nose onto the bed, rather than down his throat {which often makes them cough, and wakes them up}. Now this is against NHS guidelines for preventing SIDS {cot death}, but I felt happy for him to go to sleep this way, because he knows how to roll backwards and forwards. 
4. Use wet wipes rather than tissues to wipe their noses. I find even the softest tissues can make their nose go red. Also, don’t worry about wiping all the time. I know it doesn’t look attractive, but a runny nose doesn’t bother a baby, and you can always put a bandana bib on to soak it up. I love the range from Funky Giraffe, and they come in useful for soaking up teething drool as well.

5. Once I’ve put my babies down to sleep, I’m a bit obsessive about trying to soothe them in bed rather than picking them up all the time. But when they’re unwell, all of that goes out the window, and I tend to pick them up and soothe them as soon as they start crying. If you’re like me, don’t worry, you’re not necessarily creating bad habits – I’ve found once they’re better, they go back to their old routines pretty quickly. Ivo’s now nearly two, and a few night’s ago I ended up sleeping on the floor next to his cot because he had a bad temperature. I was worried he’d get used to it, but last night he slept through no problems.
6. And lastly, remember it can’t go on forever! They will get better, and you will start getting some sleep.
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