Hi, guys welcome back to my blog. This last couple of days have been crazy. Just when I thought the flu season was over it hit me and hit me real bad. I wouldn’t have expected to be hit by the flu so hard at least not this year seeing that I only just got the shot last October; like why do I have the flu? Mom’s aren’t meant to be sick, we don’t do sick days. Add that to the paranoia of transmitting the bug to my baby and you will understand the tightrope I had to walk.
Taking care of a baby is a daunting task – the crying, fussiness, attention seeking etc. especially from a teething baby who is in so much pain needs the warmth from her mommy to make her feel better. Here was my major dilemma, how do I show her the love that she needs and still prevent the transmission of the bug.
Regardless, someone has to feed, cloth, change diapers and even play with the baby. I’m sure I’m not the first sick mom caring for her baby and definitely won’t be the last. Being the primary caregiver of a baby, here were a few precautions I took to ensure my baby girl was protected
- I tried as much as I could to minimize contact but since there’s no one to solicit assistance from there’s only a little I could do. I avoided face to face contact. (Trust me resisting to kiss that sweet face was so hard). If you have someone who could help you out don’t be too shy to ask for help because the baby needs to be cared for and kept far away from you as possible while you get a much-needed rest.
- I kept on breastfeeding, studies show that breastmilk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria and babies who breastfeed are less likely to come down with a respiratory tract disease.
- I drank a lot of fluid to keep me hydrated.
- I covered my mouth and nose when I’m coughing or sneezing and properly disposed of the tissue immediately.
- Stayed warm, had the heater on and drank lots of hot cocoa
- I washed my hands frequently and sanitized.
Being sick is misery – the headache, fever, chills etc can make daily activities a tiring task but unfortunately, there are no sick days in parenting.
I’m feeling a lot better now and I’m glad my little one escaped her mom’s first flu. Until next time