Sick Days: 6 Ways to Keep Baby Germ Free (Photos)Casi Densmore-Koon
I’ve been MIA. And believe me when I say that I wish it was for a good reason (Ya know, like I fled to Bermuda or something — wishful thinking!), but it’s not. Since last week, Lysol, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer – they’ve all become my BFFs. And I am sooooo ready to part ways with my three amigos.
Last week, Zoe (9-years-old) came down with a cold that turned into bronchitis. She shared germs with McKenzie (5-years-old), who went from having croup to the flu to sharing germs with my almost 3-year-old who had a steady 102-103 fever all week. Having 2 littles in elementary school means a big hello to sharing germs. Having little ones with asthma makes all these germs so much worse. For M, it’s round the clock breathing treatments when she gets sick, and it takes forever for the poor girl to get better. But I’ve become a pro on ways to make sure Grayson doesn’t get sick as well, because a 3-month-old with the flu or a high fever is never a good thing. Especially during this awful flu, cold, RSV season. Knock on wood, Sadie (20-months-old) is doing perfectly fine, too. Just cutting some teeth still.
Do you want to see how I have survived a week of sick littles and still managed to keep the baby well?
Please note that this is what works for me and my family. If you suspect your little one is sick, always consult your pediatrician.
Sanitize The Bottles, Binkys and All Of The Above 1 of 6Picking up an electric sterilizer works great for when you need to make sure all the germs on gone. Especially when it comes to shared sippy cups. Germs are everywhere - especially in these things we use everyday like sippy cups and pacifiers. What can be just a cold for your toddler could turn into a life threatening illness like RSV for your baby. Tip: If you don't have a sterilizer or it's not in the budget -- the old pot of water on the stove works too! Just throw your pacifiers into a pot of boiling water and let the germs soak away.
MAM Night pacifiers are a favorite in our house. Especially because they glow in the dark! It's the little things when you don't feel good. Stock up on some from MAM for $5.99
Looking for a sterilizer? I recommended the Phillips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer. It takes up hardly any space in your kitchen and is so simple to use. You will love it! Get it from Avent for $58
Stock Up 2 of 6During cold and flu season, I strongly suggest stocking up on those last minute items you may need when a cold or fever comes on. The last thing you want to do is head out to Target with a sick baby in tow. A cool mist humidifier, boogie wipes, and saline nose spray are always on hand in our house.
Wash Hands 3 of 6Washing your hands after handling the sick one before picking up baby is so important! And the temp matters too! Always wash them in hot water. Hand washing is one of the easiest and effective ways to keep the germs away.
Read more on effective hand washing on WebMD
Clean Up 4 of 6Wipe down all surfaces you touch on a constant basis with Clorox Wipes, they kill 99% of germs! I stock-up at Costco. Plus, keep hand sanitizer front and center. We actually have one in almost every room in the house so that we have access to them at all times. If they are in front of you, it becomes a good habit after washing hands with warm water. Changing crib sheets and washing all blankets in hot water helps too!
Dress Lightly 5 of 6Don't worry, they have diapers on. But, when you have a fever, wearing a light tee shirt or just hanging around in your diaper duds is the best thing for a fever. You don't want to overdress a baby or toddler who has a fever. Speaking of diapers, make sure they are never dry as it's a sure sign of dehydration. Fluids are the best thing for a baby if a fever is present.
Read more about fevers on Babble. Check out the Babble Fever Guide
Just Snuggle 6 of 6And sometimes, when all else fails, you just have to snuggle and spend that time with your sick littles. And just pray the baby doesn't get it.
Side note: Get your flu shot! The 2 that were able to get the flu shot haven’t been sick with any kind of fever or flu. The other two, who were sick when we went to get the flu shots, were rescheduled for this week, which we had to reschedule again for next. Fingers crossed they are well enough to get it!