Newborns are tiny, delicate and outrightly scary to handle. As a new mother, you will constantly run around to ensure that your baby is in a safe and secure environment at all times. Nothing is more important than your bundle of joy and no pain is too big, even if it means disinfecting every single object you touch, come in contact with or even breathe near. Yes, you’ve become THAT mum.

Germs are everywhere and there is strong possibility that your baby could contract a minor cold or flu. It is important at this time to understand that the flu helps your child build resistance and immunity. We know you have to be on your toes and continue being supermom, complete committed to taking care of your child, but minor colds are nothing to go berserk about. ‘

Here are 7 ways to streamline your baby’s recovery if he/she gets sick.

1. Don’t call the doctor for everything

Babies do get sick as much as you try to do everything in your power to prevent it. If your baby has a fever of more than 104 F, it’s advisable for you to call a doctor but a slight fever just requires your care and affection. Wipe your baby with a cloth dipped in lukewarm water to reduce temperature by a few degrees.

2. Use a humidifier

You might be tempted to over-dress you baby to protect him/her from a cold. If your child feels uncomfortable or has chest congestion, just run a humidifier through to maintain a conducive environment, warm enough for your child to wear just a light cotton overall.

3. Elevation provides relief to chest congestion

Prop up a pillow slightly and place your baby on a warm bed. The elevation generally provides relief to a blocked nose or congested chest. Cool air tends to soothe the irritated air pathway, preventing the respiratory syncytial virus.

4. Give your baby a warm bath

It’s important to check on your child constantly when she/he is running the flu. Adding a warm bath into their schedule really helps. It relaxes them and keeps them less irritable.

5. Hydrate

Give your child lots of fluids at any point of their sickness. This helps flush out toxins and prevents urinary incontinence and constipation.

6. Use antibiotics only if the doctor recommends it

Some viral infections such as conjunctivitis or ear infections are beyond home remedies. They can get quite serious if unattended. For such cases, doctors recommend antibiotics which should be used with extra precaution as your child still has a delicate immune system. 

7. Call the doctor if any of these occur:

1. Diarrhoea for more than 12 hours.

2. Repeated vomiting.

3. A fever of 38-degree celsius or higher.

4. An object lodged in her nose, ear or mouth. Never try to remove objects yourself.

5. A burn.

6. Blood-streaked vomit or faeces.

7. An unexplained rash, particularly if it’s accompanied by a fever.

8. Your baby has pink, watery, or sticky eyes. This could be a sign of an eye infection, such as conjunctivitis.

9. Discharge from her ears, eyes, navel, or genitals over the past 24 hours.

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