Brace yourselves. It's coming – cold and flu season. I know, I know. I'm not looking forward to it either. We got hit hard the last two years and this year, I'm am determined to be prepared. I know what works and what I need to stock in my medicine chest for myself, my husband, and Melanie but, honestly, I have always been a little nervous about what I need for Finn. Are you also concerned about preparing your baby for cold and flu season?
I'm so glad that I'm not alone! It's so hard when your baby is sick and you want to give them something to feel better… but have no idea what you can give them. What's safe? What's effective? Thankfully, I have a few tips to help you out:
Hydration: Drinking fluids is SO important! Not only while your baby is sick but before and after, too. A well-hydrated body is ready to defend and heal itself against illness. So, keep lots of water handy for your baby to drink.
Hygiene: Wash your hands. Sneeze into your shoulder. Cover your coughs. Not spreading germs is as important during cold season as not getting them in the first place. No need to go overboard (step away from the bubble wrap) but just get into the habit of regularly washing your baby's hands and wiping their nose.
Stock up. Look, even if you avoid everyone and everything – your baby will probably still get sick. So stock up now on acetaminophen – both in liquid and suppository forms. That way, if your baby is unable/unwilling to swallow an oral medication, you'll have an acetaminophen suppository as a safe alternative. I recommend FeverAll® Infant’s Strength Suppositories because it's a FDA-regulated, the #1 doctor recommended suppository, and it always provides an accurate dose with no mess. FeverAll is also the only acetaminophen product available with dosage instructions for children as young as six months of age.
Easy Solid Foods. So, if your baby does become sick, there's a good chance that their throat will be sore if they get sick, which makes eating difficult. So you may notice that your baby is really interested in nursing or bottle-feeding again. Or, they want soft, easy to swallow foods like vegetable purees, broth, and popsicles.
Comfort. Just be ready to provide snuggles and cuddles as needed. When your baby gets sick, they don't have the coping mechanisms to handle how bad they feel. So they need your help. Nurse, lovies, cartoons, whatever you need to do – do it.
And remember, parents. Fever isn’t something to fear. It simply means the body is doing its natural job of fighting off an infection! That's a good thing. And stay calm, remember that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a fever in babies begins at 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit*. *Of course, call your physician about any concerns with fever in your child.
So… can you say that you'll #BeFeverReady this cold and flu season? If not, be sure to snag your box of FeverAll® at your local Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens and Walmart stores. For more information on FeverAll and current coupon offers, visit FeverAll.com or LIKE FeverAll on Facebook for tips and giveaways https://www.facebook.com/FeverAll/.
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Product Usage Guidelines: Use FeverAll® Infants’ Strength Suppositories as directed per package instructions. It is intended for children ages 6 to 36 months of age. Speak to your child’s healthcare provider for any specific fever or dosage questions.