Mum pleads with people to please be aware of what a common cold can do to a baby.
Mum of four and blogger, Live it. Do it, has shared a very important message everyone needs to read.
“This was our little Clover at 9 days old, spending 10 days of her new life in hospital.
“She’s our fourth baby so having a sick newborn this time around was just “unlucky”. We were careful, we hadn’t had many visitors, we hadn’t had time.
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“The truth is that I am still genuinely scared of any slight sickness as my ,2 year old only had a fever and a slight cough when my 8 day old baby was admitted to ICU for the same virus.
“The whole experience was terrifying, I watched my brand new baby in intensive care fighting to breathe, hooked up to every machine, being poked and prodded, not even aloud to feed her, she screamed, oh man she screamed and there was nothing I could do to help her but sit and pray for her.
“RSV is a common cold to adults but to a baby, it can kill them. Not just newborns, but there were toddlers in there too, completely sedated on breathing machines.
And it’s not just RSV, there are many other viruses out there too. Throughout this sick season we need to use common sense.
“We were extremely “unlucky” BUT There are some simple things we can all do;
* Just don’t kiss other people’s babies. FULL STOP!
* If you are sick, even a sniffle, don’t visit a baby. Heck, don’t even stand in the street talking to their mum.
* PLEASE always wash your hands!!!! Teach your kids how important hand washing is too.
* BOOST your families immune systems naturally by eating healthy, wholesome foods. Suppliment if you feel necessary with good quality vitamins and probiotics.
* STAY HOME if your sick, it’s really ok to take a sick day. Don’t send your kids to school or daycare if their sick either, we live in a busy world but it’s ok to stop when you need to and it’s not fair sharing sickness around with other families.
* Don’t expect a Mum to pass you their baby, ask first. And if they say no, understand that it’s not you, it’s their baby and they can choose to stay in that bubble as long as they like.
* AND to the new Mums or Mums to be; hold your babies close, the only breathe they need to feel is yours. There is no rush to be out in the world or to have vistors, that’s your time. Enjoy that special time together.”
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