Baby's First Sniffles

Babies get sick. It's a fact. Their immune systems are only developing and it means that even the littlest bug or cough is likely to affect them. it's something that we all have to go through so that the same illnesses don't affect us when we're older. Unfortunately it doesn't make it any easier when you're baby gets sick for the first time.

We've been lucky as far as Beckett hasn't had any really, really bad illnesses. Certainly nothing life threatening. Touch wood. He has, however, had a bad vomiting bug and currently has a really bad dose of the sniffles (he's a snot factory at the moment!). And I can testify how difficult it is to see your baby sick.

So, what do you do when baby gets sick. Basically when it comes to a baby you need to go completely old school and can only use the most basic of medicines. Lots of fluids is key. And rest. But when it comes to drugs there's very little that you should give them. Basic Ibuprofen and Paracetamol are ok but decongestants are out. Although it used to be seen to be ok to give under 6's a standard decongestant or cough syrup, back in 2008 infant medicine manufacturers removed all such products and introduced warnings to other products about giving them to under 4's.

A bit of advice I would give though is to invest in a Calpol Soothe & Care Vapour Plug & Nightlight. These little devices plug straight into the a socket and provide soothing lavender and camomile vapours to help a stuffed up baby to sleep through the night. Without doubt Beckett sleeps a lot more soundly and in a lot more comfort with one of these.

Calpol Soothe & Care Vapour Plug & Nightlight

The other thing to try out is a saline nasal spray. There are several branded and non-branded varieties available and all should be the exact same. Best bet is to ask your chemist which they would advise.
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