As we settle into cold and flu season, it’s all but inevitable that your little one will come down with something. Even the most robust immune systems are susceptible to sniffles, and colds seem to be practically included with day care tuition. (If only they could learn to share toys, not germs!)
Although we wish our babies and yours never got sick, we know it’s wise to be prepared for when they do. Here are five things we like to have on hand when a bug lands in our households, in case you’d like to stock your home, too.
- Humidifier. Winter months tend to be less humid than summer ones. (Running the heater doesn’t help!) Turn on a humidifier, especially at night, to help keep everything from baby’s skin to nasal passages well-moisturized.
- Nasal aspirator. It can be hard to breathe when you’re too tiny to blow your nose, so help your piglet out by suctioning her nasal passages to keep her airways clear.
- Maty’s chest rub. Watching baby cough and sniffle can break a mama’s heart. Although most chest rubs aren’t approved for infants, Maty’s All Natural Baby Chest Rub is petroleum- and menthol-free, so it’s safe for little ones who are 3 months and older. Wholesome ingredients like lavender, eucalyptus radiata, dillweed, chamomile and patchouli essential oils provide natural relief.
- Rectal thermometer. Taking your newbie’s temperature rectally is the best way to ensure an accurate reading. A rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a fever and warrants a call to your pediatrician.
- All-in-one balm. Nose-wiping, mouth-breathing and dry air all tend to result in dry, chapped skin. A nourishing balm can heal cracks, prevent itching and restore comfort.
What else would you add to the list? We always like to keep an abundance of mama snuggles at the ready, too—they seem to come in handy in any situation.
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