This was a hard week. Noble had his first fever and real cold. I can honestly say now that I have almost lived through it, I’m not sure there is anything worse than a sick baby. It was so tough to watch him suffer and feel complete helplessness.
Of course the day that he woke up with a fever Kim was at work and I had no thermometer in the house.
He’s never been sick, we are never sick. It just never occurred to me to buy one.
Buy a thermometer before you need it. Mental note for the future, a thermometer would make a great shower gift.
Realizing I needed to get a thermometer ASAP and in full panic mode, I called the grocery store across the street and thankfully they had some in stock. I bundled Noble up and we made our way over.
When I got to the plaza I realized there was a walk-in clinic, which I did not even consider in my full panic mode. It was opening in 10 minutes and there was no one in the waiting room. I took it as a sign from the universe.
The kind doctor looked at his ears and throat and listened to his chest. I’m not sure going to the doctor was completely necessary. I admit I was having a new(ish) mom moment. But a baby with a fever can be serious. He’s also unable to tell me where it hurts and how much.
Don’t be afraid to ask for expert help. In our information overload society Google is not always a great place to go, especially when trying to diagnose a sick baby. Don’t be afraid to ask and seek out expert help.
After the doctor reassured me that he was going to be okay I went over to the grocery store to buy the thermometer, so I could take his temperature every 20 minutes for the rest of the day. I also stocked up on fresh organic fruits and veggies.
Keeping Noble hydrated was important. When you are sick you usually don’t feel like eating but staying properly nourished is extremely important. I made him smoothies, green juice, warm water with lemon, ginger and honey and homemade soup.
Proper hydration and good nutrition are pivotal. As his tiny body was under attack he needed all the support he could get. To keep his immune system strong I made sure he was getting all the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids he needed. Proper nutrition gave his body the strength to attack the germy invaders quickly.
As the day went on he did not seem to be feeling any better. Having a sick baby is stressful. Having a sick baby and being alone is crazy stressful. Then I had a reality check, I am not alone.
I have a network of very intelligent women who have raised, and are raising, some amazing children. It suddenly occurred to me that one of them would have some useful advice that would help or, at the very least, make me feel better.
I picked up the phone. I called my mom and a few friends, all of who gave me their “try this,” or “what worked for me,” advice. It made me feel better but more importantly, gave me the confidence boost I needed.
It takes a village to raise a child. I don’t know why so often we feel like we have to have all the answers. I also don’t know why it’s so hard to reach out to the village, especially when there is always someone willing to help. You know what’s best for your child but it’s easy to second guess and doubt yourself. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call your tribe.
It turned out Noble just had a bad cold that needed a few days to run its course. It was a LONG “few” days, but with proper advice, support, nourishment and a working thermometer, we got through it.
I spent a lot of time cuddling with him on the couch. I spent most of Saturday afternoon, when I had “a million” things to do, holding him while he slept. When he slowed down I also slowed down, making him better was my priority.
All you need is love. Although there are lots of things you can do to help relieve some of the symptoms of a cold, there really is no “cure.” The best medicine for Noble ended up being snuggles from mom. Feeling helpless was hard. Filling him with extra love was not.
How do you cope when your baby is sick? What lessons have you learnt from having to look after your sick ones? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences below.
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