My weekend inspired today’s post. Calvin has come down with his first case of croup. In typical second baby fashion, he got it much earlier than the first time his brother came down with the same bug. Charlie was almost two before getting croup for the first time (he then gave the virus to me and I ended up with pneumonia and two dislocated ribs from such a bad cough!) It’s so much scarier when they’re as little as Calvin — listening to him breathe has been torture. But after a visit to the doctor and some medicine he is doing much better and mostly sounds like he has a nasty cold now. So I thought I would share my five favorite tools for helping baby get through a nasty cold virus in case it helps any of you, or you have favorites to share as well.
1. Nose Frieda: I can’t believe I didn’t have one of these with Charlie! This thing is a freaking brilliant tool and every parent should have one in their arsenal. If you aren’t familiar, you essentially suck the snot out of baby’s nose! But don’t worry, there’s a filter and none of it actually makes its way to your mouth. It works one million times better than those bulb suckers. Trust me. Buy two right now (and go with the one with extra filters).
2. Zoe Organics Breathe Balm: Anything that helps baby breathe better is a gem in my book, and Zoe Organics Breathe Balm does that and is all natural, so it is safe to use on the little ones. I used this when Calvin got his first cold at 3 months and am using it again now. In a pinch (when I run out of this and until I can get more) I use Baby Vicks (be sure to use the baby version as the regular version is medicated and can’t be used on little ones!) but I prefer the ingredients in the Breathe Balm. And it’s now available at Target!
3. Cool mist humidifier and Breathe blend essential oils: When baby is stuffy or has a cough a cool mist humidifier is your BFF. I have gone through a couple over my mothering years, but this one is my favorite because you can direct the mist in baby’s direction. I add some drops of the Breathe blend of essential oils (or you can diffuse them seperately in a diffuser like this — I also like to diffuse this oil blend to help boost immune systems) to help as well. You can also dilute the Breathe blend with fractionated coconut oil in a roller and rub on baby (you would make it similar to how I made this one).
4. Basic rectal thermometer: There are so many thermometers out there and some with so many bells and whistles, but I’ve found that your basic rectal thermometer (the one they give you at the hospital) is your best bet. Just designate one specifically for checking baby’s rectal temp, so no one uses it in their mouths! And always check with your pediatrician regarding how to treat a fever, should baby have one.
5. Babywearing and breastfeeding: When baby is sick, they need as much comfort as they can get. Especially with croup or other illnesses that get worse when baby is in distress. Even though we don’t exclusively nurse anymore, I find that when Calvin wakes at night and can’t calm down, nursing does the trick. And during the day, I wear him a lot in our Ergobaby 360. (You can read a review I did of the 360 here). I even prefer to take him to the pediatrician’s office in the Ergo, because it keeps him comforted, close and away from other germs in the office, and all I have to do is unclip it and let the back down so the doctor can listen to his breathing, etc. Otherwise he isn’t disturbed by being at the doctor at all.
I threw all of my little tools in the photo above, and included the homeopathic Hyland’s cold tablets as well. In my experience they work a bit better for older babies but I did see some improvement in cold symptoms and since you can’t give baby much to treat colds they are worth a try! Also, I roll a towel under the crib mattress to elevate the end his head is at to help with any drainage.
Do you have any tried and true tools you go to when your baby is sick? Hope these help some of you going through what we are right now.
Oh, and Zoe Organics is offering 20% off their Breathe Balm (when purchasing on their site) for my readers with code BREATHE. Go stock up!
PS – You can find all of my Five Favorites posts here.
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