My baby’s sick. It’s just a cold but he is miserable. It’s been 24 hours and the fever doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. We’ve gone back to wakeful nights, dosing Paracetamol around the clock and lots of getting up in the night to a crying baby boy.
Even though it’s bad for Sam we’ve done this enough times to know how it rolls. He’ll bounce back soon and will be my usual happy boy. But for now we’ve got to keep him cool, use paracetamol to bring down the fever and make sure he keeps his fluids up.
All this night waking reminds me of how scary it is when you have to deal with your first baby illness. All you want is your little one to be well again. And if you haven’t given your baby paracetamol yet let me tell you, there is quite an art to getting them to swallow medicine when all they’re used to is milk. I can still remember Matilda’s face when we squirted her first dose to bring down a fever when she was about 12 weeks old. Not happy mum! It seems a while ago now as we’ve dealt with lots of little illnesses since then. I feel really grateful that our only trip to emergency was recently with Matilda when she managed to put her tooth clean through her lip (after spinning around and around dancing, then hitting the furniture… not good!)
So Sam’s been going to bed wearing only a nappy and it’s cool overnight here in Melbourne. It’s against every instinct I have as a mother to keep my baby snuggled and warm but the most important lesson I’ve learnt from having a feverish baby is they need to be stripped off completely to cool down. It’s easier to warm up a cool baby than cool down a feverish one I’ve been told by a very experienced GP.
While I tell my own stories on this blog it’s important to remember to seek medical assistance if you need it. The link below provides more information about how to read your babies sick signs and what steps to take next.
Have you had to deal with your babies first illness? How did you cope?