As a parent, there is nothing worse than to see your baby unwell, in pain or suffering. Our priorities are to protect and care for them, and sometimes illnesses can make us feel helpless and out of control. And because babies are so dependent on us to care for them, tending to their needs when they’re unwell can be very demanding too. A poorly baby is likely to sleep less than usual and wake more, meaning that you are literally on call 24/7 with no break. It can be exhausting, stressful and frightening for all concerned. So how do you cope? Here are some tips to help- do let us know if you have any more to add.
Recognise the signs of illness
Often parents dismiss the early signs of illness as fussing, but actually if you can spot the signs early enough you can start treatment sooner and potentially reduce the length of time that your baby is poorly. Quite often, a high temperature can be the first sign of an illness as the body attempts to kill off infections and bacteria. If you use a Pacif-i you can keep a track of your baby’s temperature whenever she uses it, so you can spot the early signs quickly.
Know when to call the doctor
A high temperature is often just one of the signs that your baby is unwell, and the Pacif-i helps you to monitor this BUT it is no replacement for medical guidance. If you are unsure, please always seek medical attention for your baby. This is especially important if your baby’s temperature does not reduce after treatment, she becomes increasingly unwell, or if she has a rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it. Doctors are most likely to tell you a visit with a baby is never a wasted appointment so if you’re at all concerned, it’s always worth making that call.
Call on help
When your baby is poorly, sleeping erratically and crying a lot more than usual, it can be really draining. It’s a lot for one person to cope with physically and emotionally, so if help is offered then take it. During the night, if your partner is able to share the load while you rest, you’ll be more able to function the next day.
Stay away from Google
The only medical advice that you seek should be from qualified medical professionals. Sometimes its easier and more tempting Google symptoms but you shouldn’t rely on this. Speak to a doctor about symptoms and treatments for your baby.
Take some time out
Just as we recommend you share the load if you can, taking some time away from the house when your baby is poorly can be just as advisable. Many parents don’t want to leave their children when they’re poorly and often babies are just as reluctant too. BUT a rested parent is more able to care for a sick baby so don’t feel guilty if you need to get away for half an hour.
Remember that this will pass
The majority of illnesses are short lived and babies are notoriously good at recovering well. The time while they’re sick is so intense and very hard work but we promise it won’t last forever.
Don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion
If your baby doesn’t appear to be getting any better, or you're not happy with treatment prescribed, don’t be afraid to go back again for more advice. Trust your instincts and remember that no doctor will turn you away if your baby is unwell. YOU are your baby’s advocate.
Keep a record
If your baby’s symptoms are changing, or you’re dealing with doctors frequently during her illness, take a note of symptoms and other points of concern so that you have it all to hand when you see them next. The Pacif-i will allow you to keep a track of your baby’s temperature and any medication given so that you can access a record and be better able to assess the illness.