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Tips on surviving with a poorly baby

Tuesday, 17 April 2018  | 

Surviving a poorly baby 

So, this week my baby girl has been poorly. After two trips to the Drs and a night in hospital she was diagnosed with the Flu and dehydration. She seems to be finally on the mend now, so I thought I’d write a blog post about surviving illness.

 

I don’t think you’re ever prepared for your child being poorly. It’s not really something you think about it when pregnant and then one day they get poorly, and you’re thrown in at the deep end. Here are some things that I’ve learnt over the past 3 years:

 

  1. My top tip is to keep a supply of infant paracetamol and a thermometer battery in the cupboard. From my experience Kids go downhill very quickly, particularly babies. I even carry paracetamol sachets around in my change bag, so I can treat sudden fevers on the go. We also keep Calpol plug in refills and saline spray to help with blocked noses. Both are great when little ones are struggling to sleep.

 

  1. My next top would be to trust your instinct and don’t be afraid to call the Pharmacist, GP or 111 for advice. I know this sounds obvious but there have been several occasions I’ve really had a battle with myself over whether they just have a cold or a virus, but I’m always assured they’d rather you called than risk a little one. You know your baby the best so if you feel that something isn’t quite right then it usually isn’t.

 

  1. Do invest in giant swaddles or muslin blankets. Not only are these great for the summer but they’re ideal for a baby with a fever who just needs a light layer or something to lay on. I also use muslins to wipe snotty noses and chin dribble. 

 

  1. Forget about housework and just do the bare minimum. If necessary use the tv/tablet to entertain the non-poorly, a day of tv occasionally won’t hurt. Also puzzles, lego, colouring are all minimal mess but tend to keep my little one amused for a while.

 

  1. Enlist as much help as is possible. If you have grandparents, aunties, uncles or friends offering help then use them! Either to allow you to catch up on sleep or to entertain your other children. 

 

  1. Keep a symptom and medication diary. Now this may sound strange if you think little one may just have a cold, but we’ve been sent into hospital a couple of times now and they always ask how much they’ve fed, what the fevers were, what time they occurred and when they’ve had Calpol. When you’re trying to comfort a poorly baby it’s not always easy to remember every detail. 

 

  1. Pray you don’t catch it - there’s no such thing as a day off when you’re a parent!
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