Tips for Treating a Sick Baby

Firstly Happy Easter to all my readers! Hope you enjoying the long weekend with family.



My weekend is a bit different this year. Vije arrived from Ireland on Friday with a cold. Coughing/sneezing and a leaky nose which Kitana already had from Wednesday. So at the moment I’m the doctor at home. Taking care of a child that is sick, is not exactly easy. It’s always been a challenge for me. Kitana becomes very irritable and she refuses to eat. I hate when she gets sick especially when she has a stuffy nose and uncontrollable cough. She threw up 3 times already, meaning I have a ton of washing which Im busy doing today. There are certain products/tips which make my life easier when she’s sick and today I’m going to share them with you. Many Moms on my Facebook page shared their thoughts which I listed as well.

  • It’s important to try and be patience for your child. Kitana gets scared when she can’t breathe and depends on me to help her. Last night both of us had very little sleep because her nose just wouldn’t open up.
  • Make sure you check your child’s temperature on a regular basis.


  • If your baby is having trouble breathing through a stuffy nose, elevate the mattress by placing a pillow underneath one end. This helped me a lot the past couple days with little drops of Kavol on the pillow. She could breathe much better.
  • Plenty of liquids – Kitana is not eating at the moment but I’m making sure she drinks breast milk and her rooibos tea which she loves.
  • Invest in Cool Mist Humidifier. This is always on when Kitana or any of us get sick. I put some eucalyptus oil or Kavol in.
  • Nasal aspirator – I use Nose Frieda which works like Magic for Kitana.
  • Massages – Massage your baby with some hot oil or Kavol to open up the chest and blocked nose. They say it’s a good idea to rub Kavol under the foot and keep it covered.


  • Run a HOT shower to steam up the bathroom. Strip your baby to their diaper and take them inside for a few minutes. You can also add a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil to the tub before you run this, if your baby is a little older. Keep your room warm and get baby dressed fast.
  • Some Love – Snuggle with your little one and try to comfort them. This is really scary for them especially if they cannot communicate with you.
  • Medication from the pharmacy, ask the nurse or pharmacist to assist you in what will work for your baby, getting a vitamin or immune booster is a must.
  • Encourage eating – If your baby is eating, try feeding them something easy and light like a soup.
  • Encourage playing – Let them play and try to recover instead of being in bed the entire day.

If all fails, I think its best you take baby to the doctor. Please note these are my tips, I’m not a doctor or a nurse.

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Hi, I’m Shan. I’m an entrepreneur and a sucker for good adventures. I was listed in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

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