Unexpected Guest

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Somewhere between expressing gratitude and enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a not-so-welcome guest snuck into our house . . . The cold bug. And like that creepy guest who stays long after the party has ended, he has stuck around. Much to my dismay.

I have not been at my best the past week and a half. And neither has little man, since I got him sick. We’ve been running on little sleep and all the snuggles we can get in.

There isn’t much you can take as a breastfeeding momma, or as an infant. Add to that, my hesitance to load my little guy up on mainstream medications . . . Yup, I am that mom. A few things that have gotten us through the thick of things are:

  • Hyland’s Baby Tiny Cold Tablets – For natural, homeopathic relief. No unnecessary junk. I pass no judgment on mom’s who prefer traditional cold meds, but this is my pick. This is mini dude’s second cold, and I have seen a relief in all of his cold symptoms both times. Dosing can be tedius—every hour—but I don’t mind. I set an alarm on my phone. Note: My tiny man has not run a fever. These tabs are not designed to reduce a fever.
  • Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Tiny Cold Syrup – A nighttime version of the tiny cold tabs. I didn’t use this during his first cold but wish I had. He woke up so frequently during his first cold and has slept soundly—dare I say like a baby lol— this time.
  • Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Soothing Chest Rub – It’s like Vick’s, but all-natural and safe to use on infants. I rub a bit on his chest during bedtime. It has a wonderful, light eucalyptus scent.
  • Gaia Black Elderberry Syrup – An immune support for this momma. I went back and forth on taking this because of mixed info on whether it was safe to use while breastfeeding. Even Gaia’s own website has multiple articles with differing info. Confused, I consulted my doctor and was reassured that it is one of the safer herbal supplements and meds for a nursing momma to take.

I am very thankful that baby boy and I are both turning the corner. His nose is still a little runny, and I am still a bit congested, but overall we are on the mend!

How are you holding up so far this cold season?




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