The everchanging weather has been a significant factor in the sickness that’s been spreading. I’ve been taking precautions to keep Audrey from getting sick for the past few months, but she came down with a cold early last week. It’s definitely hard to watch her fight this sickness knowing that it could’ve been prevented. She’s getting a little better everyday, and I’ve decided to share a few of the ways I was working to prevent her from getting sick along with what I’ve been doing to nurse her back to health.
One of the most important factors in keeping sickness away from your baby is to wash your hands frequently. I also keep hand sanatizer in her diaper bag, my purse, my truck, my room, and so on. It’s also important to try and keep your baby home as much as possible, because taking your baby out increases the chances of getting sick. Another important way to reduce the chances of your baby getting sick is to prevent sick visitors from coming in contact with your baby. Visitors are common when you have a new baby, but it’s vital for the health of your baby that you keep them from coming over sick.
It’s extremely difficult to sit back and wait for your baby to get over their cold, but there are ways to help provide relief to your baby in the meantime. I’ve been giving Audrey vapor baths every night because it works as a decongestant and helps soothe her to sleep. I’ve been keeping a humidifier in the bedroom, which seems to work wonders. Plenty of rest and lots of liquids is important for fighting sickness as well. I’ve heard that nose drops and nasal syringes are also helpful although I have yet to try them.
It’s much easier to prevent sickness than it is to get rid of. Take precautions for you and your little one!