My baby just had Covid, here's 3 things I want you to know

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It’s been two years since the start of the pandemic and life has inevitably changed. My daughter was born during the pandemic, so our hygiene standards have always been pretty high when it comes to her. We’ve avoided a lot of colds, bugs and gastros luckily, but we were recently hit with the big one when our entire household came down with Covid. This was the first time she had actually been sick. I felt nervous, but I had to remind myself that babies and children do inevitably get unwell. Over the course of our isolation we navigated our way through sickness back to health. Through the process, there were 3 things that stood out to me that every new parent should know in preparation for sick times. 

1. Know the basics when it comes to sick babies: It’s important that any new parent knows the basics of first-aid and what to look out for in an unwell child. Having this knowledge will give you the confidence to better understand what is happening with your baby. If you’re not sure where to start, some fantastic resources include Sick Happens and Tiny Hearts Education. They both have fantastic courses and educational resources available for parents, and share bite-sized pieces of information on their Instagram accounts. 

2. Trust your instincts and listen to the experts: Once you have a foundational understanding of first-aid and what to look out for, you will be able to better trust your instincts. Your instincts may tell you that it’s time to see a doctor, or that your baby is responding well to medicine so can be monitored. The key takeaway here is that if your instincts tell you something isn’t quite right, listen to that and seek medical attention for your family. 

3. Don’t worry about their routine: As parents, we spend a lot of time tailoring and tweaking routines to optimise sleep and overall happiness, so when something comes along that jeopardises all the progress we’ve made we tend to freak out (guilty). But let me tell you, when your bubba isn’t feeling 100% just go with the flow, and take that pressure off yourself. If they want to sleep longer or later in the day, just go with it. If your older baby doesn’t seem as interested in their food, this can be normal. Focus on keeping your bubba hydrated during these times and offer smaller, comforting foods when possible.