What To Do When Your Baby Gets The Flu

Ahhh-choo! Bless you! Colds are never fun and often unavoidable, particularly in winter. NUK has prepared a short list of tips and tricks to make those sniffly days and nights a little more bearable!

Stay hydrated.

Although baby may not be interested, keeping up regular feeds of either breast milk or formula is important. Just like adults, staying hydrated is important to replace fluids lost from fever and respiratory tract evaporation, and for the common cold, helps loosen mucus too.

Suck out the snot.

Mucus is a common cold symptom and can make breathing and sleeping difficult. Unfortunately babies haven’t learnt the skill to blow their nose, so require a little help to relieve congestion. Use the NUK Nasal Decongester to clear sinuses; simply hold the nozzle up to one nostril, press the other nostril gently with your fingertip, squeeze the pump ball and gently reduce pressure, this will extract mucus from your baby's nose leaving them with a clear, snot free nose! The alternative? Use your mouth! Oh, a mothers love…!

Try a humidifier.

Dry air is a colds worst enemy making throats drier and airways more congested. Run a humidifier in the nursery while baby sleeps to help soothe sore throats and blocked noses by adding back moisture into the air. The humidifier will also release ‘white noise’ - a relaxing sound that will remind baby of inside of the womb.  

Know your numbers.

Temperatures may vary slightly depending on the time of day, generally being warmer of an evening. A ‘normal’ temperature is between 36.5 to 37 degrees Celsius (c 97.7 to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit), temperatures from 38 to 39.5 degrees Celsius are considered low range and anything higher is a high fever. A fever is often the result of the body fighting off another illness such as an ear infection, cold or flu or even teething, and is not necessarily a bad thing. Keep track of temperatures using a thermometer. The NUK Flash Baby Thermometer measures the body temperature by infrared sensor within one second and has an immediate fever warning.  The con-contact hygienic measurement can be taken max. 3cm distance from the middle of the forehead and can also measure room, surface, food and bath temperature. If your child’s condition is causing you concern, please consult a doctor.

Look after yourself too.

Always caring for others, sometimes mums forget to take after themselves. Make sure you keep a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly (running after a toddler counts!) and rest. Your body needs that too! To prevent the spread of germs in public, carry a purse sized hand sanitiser in your baby bag.

See a doctor.

Ultimately, you know your child best. If you consider your child’s behaviour to be abnormal and are concerned, visit your doctor.