With the cooler weather well and truly here, and attending mixed-aged groups that are probably a hot-bed of germs, I was sure that one or both of the twins would soon be in for their first cold. What really took me by surprise, though, was how quickly the onset could be!
One night this week, the boys went to bed at around 8pm as usual, after their bath and evening bottle. I had noticed that Mr D had slightly red-looking eyes in the afternoon, so thought he might be coming down with something that would maybe come out in the next few days.
However, at 10:30pm he woke up crying. And not his usual ‘I’ll settle after a quick cuddle/burp/tummy rub’ cry, but a really sad, croaky cry as he struggled to breathe through his nose. When I put the light on, it was clear his eyes and nose had been streaming. I hadn’t really seen him so upset before (even after immunisations!) My immediate feeling was helplessness, but luckily there were a few things I had bought previously ‘just in case’ and they turned out to be really useful over the next few days!
AKA (in this house) “The Snot Sucker!” Perfect to help relieve a bit of the snottiness, seeing as babies can’t blow their own noses! (If you’re squeamish about this, fear not – there is a built-in filter so you won’t come into contact with any nasties!)
I used the adult version in during my pregnancy when I suffered with a blocked nose and was unable to take any of the usual decongestants. I found it worked really well for me and had no qualms using it on the babies as it’s 100% natural.
Rubbed into baby’s chest and throat, this combination of oils helps relieve a bit of congestion. (Please note, only suitable for babies from 3 months of age).
Also, I found applying a little Vaseline around the nose provided a bit of a barrier from the constant wiping!
Another tip: It might be worth stocking up on adult cold remedies just in case it spreads throughout the family! I actually called DH at work and asked if he could stock up on Lemsips for us, just in case! Looking after one or two unwell babies can be difficult enough without feeling under the weather yourself!
None of the above is a cure, but at least it makes you feel as though you’re doing something. Of course, lots of cuddles don’t go amiss either and they are never in short supply!
The NHS has a helpful guide to colds in children too, you can read it here.