I Have COVID and a Baby: 10 Tips To Maintain Routine
Little Yawn Collective - Apr 28, 2022
Oh no. You have the sniffles and a fever. You first think it’s just a mild cold. Then the additional symptoms appear, you are feverish and have chills. Then you realize as you change your baby’s diaper that you cannot smell anything — one of the telltale symptoms of COVID-19.
Before you know it, you are staring at positive test results for the coronavirus.
You may be worried as you have your baby in the house, and you don’t want to risk spreading any sickness to them. First, take a deep breath and know that everything is going to be okay. Next, the best thing for you and your baby is maintaining your routines and, most importantly, taking care of yourself.
Caring for Your Baby While You’re Sick: 10 Tips
1. Keep Your Hands Nice and Clean
Any healthcare provider will tell you to wash your hands as often as possible, especially before and after picking up your baby. Successful handwashing entails using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, hand sanitizer can also work in a pinch.
Washing your hands a lot can cause them to dry out, but you can always nip a small amount of your little one’s Nourishing Body Lotion with Oat & Shea Butter. The shea butter and organic oats are soothing to your dried-out skin.
After using, wipe the bottle down with a disinfectant wipe.
2. Keep on Breastfeeding
If you are breastfeeding, we have some great news. According to the CDC, evidence shows that COVID-19 is unlikely to be spread through breast milk to babies. You can keep on breastfeeding your baby as you normally would, but the recommendation is to wear a mask.
For those moms who did receive the COVID-19 vaccine but still ended up being diagnosed with COVID-19, research has shown that the antibodies that help protect against COVID-19 were present in breastmilk. So if you were vaccinated but are still unwell, there is a likely chance that you can still pass those helpful antibodies along to your baby. At this time, babies are too young to receive the vaccine.
If you are wary of being in such proximity to your baby while breastfeeding, you can pump and then feed the milk to your baby via bottle.
Remember to wash your hands before pumping and thoroughly clean all the parts of the pump after you finish. One pro to pumping breast milk is that if you are feeling too unwell, a partner or family member can help feed your baby.
3. Get Meals Delivered
When you feel ill, the last thing you want to do is leave the house. You may also be feeling extra wary and don’t want to take any chances by potentially spreading any sickness. The good news is that meal delivery is very easy and fast.
Not only can you have your meals delivered, but groceries too. With just a few clicks of your laptop or phone, you can easily replenish your fridge and pantry with all the essentials you and your baby need.
4. Check In With Your Doctor
If your symptoms worsen or you are experiencing severe illness, reach out to your doctor for any tips they may have to help you feel better sooner.
Your doctor will definitely want to know how you are feeling and may advise you to make an appointment so they can check up on you in person. If you have a compromised immune system, you may be at a higher risk for complications during COVID-19 infection, and your doctor can offer guidance.
5. Get Plenty of Rest
Your body needs rest to help you fight even the mildest symptoms and get over the virus sooner.
If able, sleep when your baby sleeps or enlist the help of your partner. It’s okay if the dishes stay in the sink an extra day or if the laundry doesn’t get folded. Rest is essential in helping you get better as quickly as possible
6. Drink Some Extra Fluids
When you have a fever and a runny nose or congestion, you can become dehydrated due to the extra fluids that your body is losing. Drinking extra fluids helps replenish those lost fluids and hydrates your body to continue fighting off the virus.
7. Mask Up
Wear a face mask when taking care of your baby or hanging around other family members. A face covering will help keep the spread of any germs down to a minimum when you are in close contact with others.
8. Have Someone Healthy Care for Your Baby If Needed
It is not fun being sick, especially with your baby in the house. Remember that you will feel better, and everything is going to be okay.
It's hard to take care of your baby when you are not feeling well yourself. Prioritize your health and do all you can to be kind to yourself during this time.
It is okay not to be okay and ask for help from another caregiver. Your family and friends are your best support system. They absolutely love your baby, and although you may not be feeling well, it’s the perfect opportunity for them to love and take care of your sweet little one.
9. Stay Positive
Although you may feel down, try to think positive thoughts and keep the negativity at bay — even when you are sneezing and wheezing.
Research has shown that there is a connection between positivity and health. When you are feeling particularly yucky, try to make a mental list of all the things you are grateful for, like your comfy pajamas and meal delivery services.
You can also make a list of your strengths, like how you woke up in the middle of the night to breast pump, although you wanted to sleep. Not only will you be able to look at this as an accomplishment, but you’ll also be able to see the signs that you are getting back on your feet.
10. Remember: It Will Be OK!
Living and having a baby in the middle of a pandemic can be stressful. When the pandemic’s reach makes it to your household, it may cause worry and anxiety.
Repeat after us; it will be ok! You are the best parent to your baby, and we know that you’ll make all the right decisions to keep your baby safe.
Having COVID-19 and a baby in the household is enough to worry even the most laid-back parents. If you are feeling well enough, try to keep up with the same routines you have put in place for your baby and look after yourself.
When your baby keeps their sense of normalcy, they will continue to be happy and content. This gives you the best chance of focusing on yourself and feeling better.
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