How to survive the common cold with a toddler and newborn
Over Christmas, we somehow managed to catch our first cold of the winter. River woke up the day after Christmas barely able to talk with snot running down her face. The dread set in right then and there, I knew it wouldn’t be long before Finn and I would be sick too. I was right only a day later we were sick as well. Let me tell you, I don’t do colds well. I feel like I’m dying (okay that exaggerating) but when you add a toddler and newborn it becomes even worse! These are the things I learned throughout this experience and I hope it helps you too.
This is the number one thing you and your little ones should be doing! Rest lets the body heal and it makes dealing with it all easier. We all have been taking naps and cuddling up on the couch to watch movies. The perfectionist in me wants to get up and get everything done. That just isn’t going to happen for the next couple of days. Every time I try someone is crying or I make myself feel even worse when I overdo it. I can get all of these things done when I feel better. Right now my children need me and my body needs the time to recoup.
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Hydration is key when it comes to helping your body fight off the virus. I keep my hospital cup full of water all day long. It hold’s a liter so I try to drink about three cups full a day. River loves sharing my water cup (hence why mama is sick) so I know she’s getting a lot of water too. I also give her a sippy cup of juice throughout the day. For Finn, I offer the breast as often as possible. It’s hard for him to eat since he has a cough and a stuffed up nose. It’s frustrating for us both, but necessary and the cold will eventually end. River and I also love some warm tea with honey. It really helps the sore throat that accompanied this cold.
Use a Humidifier
I have a couple humidifiers just for this purpose. Finn sleeps in my room, but River usually sleeps in her own room. I set up a humidifier right next to her bed. I keep one in my room as well. Downstairs I have one in the living room and sometimes put a pot of water on the stove to add even more of a kick.
Now there is no cure for the common cold, but you don’t have to suffer. I got baby Vicks for the little ones and adult Vicks for me. It really helped open up our clogged noses. Finn and I can’t have any medications, he’s too young and I cant while breastfeeding. I bought River a cold medication to help ease a lot of the symptoms. She actually got some sleep and was about back to her normal self.
I turn on the shower to as hot as it will go and sit in the bathroom with the kids. This helps a lot, they can breath easier and seem to enjoy the warmth.
Both kids love baths, even when they’re sick! A lukewarm bath will help bring down a fever if they have one. It also seems to really calm Finn. He’s not handling his first cold well.