It's that time of year again: sniffles season. Having a baby is tricky. Having a baby during flu season sometimes feels like all-out war. Since any cold that Some Boy or I get inevitably turns into an annoying sinus “thing,” I asked his pediatrician for some recommendations on how we can collectively fight back a cold if we feel it coming on. Here were his suggestions:
I regularly take Vitamin C and multivitamins to keep up my immunity, and much of that is naturally passed on to Some Boy as he's still breastfeeding. Another way we stay strong against germs is by getting frequent activity to keep our body's in peak condition. Daily exercise and outdoor activity helps clear our head and keep us ready to face whatever comes our way.
We use disinfectant wipes to keep germs at bay and stop them from spreading. If one of us gets sick, it seems just about inevitable that everyone in the house comes down with it but we do our best to halt germs by cleaning up areas where we've been eating or playing.
If you do get a cold, spray saline drops into your nose to help dry out your sinuses and keep germs from lingering. Do this several times per day and, for babies, use a bulb syringe to suck the saline back out.
I sleep propped up on a pillow to avoid getting stuffy at night if I feel a cold coming on. We prop a pillow under one side Some Boy's mattress so he can breathe easier at an angle. A humidifier next to the bed also helps, and we sometimes sit Some Boy baby in a closed bathroom while the hot water runs to get some steam into both our lungs to loosen everything up.
While we do feel that daily activity is important, it's important to get enough rest too! A lot of moms and their kids just work themselves really hard going from play date to activity to sports and family gatherings. If you feel like you're coming down with something and need a break, don't hesitate to call it a day and spend some down time relaxing to give your body the rest and recuperation time it needs.
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