Help! My bundle of joy is a bundle of snot!

25 Feb
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When your baby enters your world, it is the start of a never ending list of exciting ‘firsts.’  The first smile, the first roll, the first giggle, the first food, the first clap and so it goes on.

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Of course there are some less exciting firsts too, of which the hardest one is probably the first illness.

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Whether it is a cold or a tummy bug, the first sign of your baby in discomfort can be a really tough time for the whole family. Being even just a little under the weather can make a baby feel really unsettled and the results could include disturbed sleep, difficult feeding and general grumpiness. (At least 2 of these will be experienced by mummy too!)

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So here are some top tips to deal with your baby’s first cold:

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1. Let your baby lead; he might drink (or eat) far less than usual. Don’t worry too much about this, as long as nappies are wet a few times per day. He will get back to normal as soon as he feels better. Do try to make sure he drinks frequently, even a few sips, throughout the day to keep hydrated.

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2. Take his temperature and don’t be afraid to give a little spoon of Calpol if necessary. Don’t let him suffer unnecessarily-especially if it helps relieve his symptoms at night.

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3. Let him sleep as much as he needs. Even a common cold can make a little one feel shattered, especially in the harsh winter months. Don’t worry about too much sleep-it’s unlikely this will happen.

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4. Make him more comfortable at night. You could use a humidifier to ease breathing, raise the cot or put some olbas oil in hot water in his room.

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5. Don’t be tempted to stay at home! Fresh air will do your baby (and you!) the world of good. In Scandinavia childhood illness rates are lower but babies nap outside even in temperatures as low as -23!

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6. A tip for mum: eat healthily and nap in the day if possible! You will need energy and patience to deal with your under-par little bundle!

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7.  Don’t stress about your routine.  It is more than likely that your baby’s regular schedule will be disrupted whilst they are not well, and possibly a few days after as well.  Try to take it in stride, hopefully you can get back on track quickly.

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8.  Lots of cuddles are necessary!

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The mums in our postnatal groups have found it extremely helpful to have a sociable network, it really is a time of the week where you can unwind.  Colds, coughs and runny noses are every mum’s worry, so having a comforting ear can be helpful.  Please fill in the form below to enquire about our April course.

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Please note: this is not medical advice. You should always consult a doctor if you are concerned. Always read the labels on any medication including over-the-counter remedies, paying close attention to the recommended doses.

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