We’re going through it over here! Maxwell was sick last week, sick enough that we kept him home from daycare all week. He finally went back today. As hard as we tried to keep Trey from getting Max’s germs…Trey is now sick. I called the doctor this morning and got a plan, called back in the afternoon to update them and then they wanted us to take Trey into the Emergency Department. He is still SO small and was working pretty hard to breathe, especially at night. Did you know that newborns are obligate nose breathers and only breathe through their nose? If there is any congestion in their small nasal passages, they can have a really hard time.
My best suggestions ::
Just call: Whenever I’m concerned about either of my kiddos’ health or my own I ALWAYS call the doctor. This way you are speaking to a nurse (that specializes in what you are calling about) and they can make the decision on next steps for you. I told the nurse Trey’s symptoms and the spells he was having during the middle of the night and she advised that we go to the emergency department. She said with babies as little as him, they definitely recommend being on the more cautious side. So off we went.
Ask for help: Instead of bundling Trey up and taking him out of the house this morning for a Target run, I asked my friend Carrie if she could help us. She was happy to make a run for us and bring us the stuff we needed (plus the cutest onesie)…huge added best friend bonus of bringing me a latte. People are happy to help, you just have to ASK and be specific about what you need. She offered to come back to let me nap and come over tomorrow to help with Max. Friends like this are worth their weight in gold and I cannot wait to come to her mama rescue someday.
Favorite Sick Kiddo Products ::
All of these were also recommended by our emergency room physician, so I was really happy that we were on the right path to helping our babe. I would recommend getting ALL of these products BEFORE your baby arrives and gets their first little cold. This way you are READY to go and don’t need to ask someone to get you an emergency vaporizer 🙂 I love writing these blogs to help other mamas and hopefully make things slightly less stressful for you!
NoseFrida The Snotsucker : Snot suckers unite! This might sound weird to you, but it works much better than the bulb syringe. You’re able to help your kiddo out by sucking out some of their congestion.
Vicks Vaporizer : The difference between a humidifier and a vaporizer is the vaporizer allows for bigger water molecules. The nurse said that this helps the baby clear their secretions MORE and that is what they always recommend for little patients. I bought one for our room and one for Trey’s room. This way at night we have two places that Trey can go to make sure he stays in moist air. The nurse said you literally want his room to feel as wet as a jungle! Who knew?! I can easily recommend this one because it is very affordable, easy to use, easy to clean!
Little Remedies Little Noses Saline Spray/Drops: Again, the doctor was really happy to hear I was using this product. You spray sterile saline up your babies nose and it helps them to clear their secretions. This has made a big difference for Trey babe.
Steam showers: Today, I’ve been turning on the shower as hot as possible and letting Trey stay in there for about 10 minutes. Again, you are helping them thin their secretions enough to be able to swallow them (gross, but true) this way their able to breathe better.
The combination of ALL of these things has really been helping him out today. Since he is really little, the doctor said to expect it to take longer for him to clear this than his older brother. I’m SO glad we went in today because I feel much better knowing we are doing all we can for him.
Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor – Track Your Infant’s Heart Rate & Oxygen Levels: My friend Kristi just bought this! I’ve heard GREAT things about this and it would be especially helpful if you have a sick newborn. It tracks their heart rate and oxygen level just as they would be monitored in the hospital setting. I’m not going to pull the trigger just yet, but she said that they are really easy to resell! SO tempting, let me know if you love this product.
Wish us luck! The nights have been ROUGH over here. We are confident we’ll get through it and have both our boys healthy soon!