For the first time ever, Harry-Zander developed a fever brought on by the flu and I was perplexed and found myself wishing I could breastfeed him to health again.
It is hard to watch a child feeling so miserable and poorly and not be able to wave a magic wand to make it better. I had three sleepless nights and days spent watching his fever, hydrating him, giving cuddles, fighting over food, clearing snot and praying.
It is important to note that there’s a difference between the flu and a common cold as they are caused by different viruses. Flus come with an increase in temperature, headaches and sore throats. While the Common Cold is milder it is still quite uncomfortable dealing with catarrh and coughs, sore throats and sometimes, headaches. See
TREATING THE FLU AT HOME
- First off, do not panic. Use the thermometer and check the temperature. (You must have one in your first aid kit. If you don’t, get one ASAP). If the temperature is beyond 37.5, then rush him/her to the emergency.
- Hydrate your little one. It is important that he/she is sufficiently hydrated to get better. Harry-Zander refused to drink from a cup or bottle. I had to squirt water into his mouth using the Calpol applicator.
- Eucalyptus Oil Bath. The beautiful wonders of Eucalyptus oil. Drop some into the hot bath water, and give your little one a bath. Inhaling it helps clear the congestion and guarantees a calmer disposition. You can also burn the oil as your candle burner fragrance.
- Massage with Mild Menthol Rub.
- Infant Paracetamol. Drugs like Calpol or any that is found in your neighbourhood. Every four (4) hours until fever is gone.
- Hot tea, chocolate or milk and food. Harry-Zander completely lost his appetite and I had to force feed him from time to time. Harry-Zander loathes milk without cereal or tea or hot chocolate. So I gave him tea and squeezed in some lemon juice. Lemon is the best source of vitamin c.
- Cod liver oil or fish oil and multivitamin suppliments. These help shore up the weak immunty. You need to arm your baby to fight off the attacks.
- Patience. Your little one would be so cranky and poorly, your patience would be sorely tested from the constant cries and your lack of sleep. But, hang in there, it would be well soon.
- Lots of love and kisses.
- Fresh Air. It relieves the stuffiness.
- Instinct. Pay attention to your instincts. You know your child better than anyone.