The first time your little one comes down sick can be heartbreaking. If you are anything like me you wish you could just take their sickness away. You would rather be sick than see them deal with it. The younger your child is the harder it is.
I remember the first time my daughter had a cold she was only 5 weeks old! Needless to say I was not very happy. I was a new mommy and had many worries to go along with it. Little babies can change from doing okay to not so good pretty quickly. I was worried that her little body wouldn’t be able to fight off what she had very easy and we would end up in the hospital. Of course, she was able to get over her cold within a couple of weeks.
She is 3 now and has had numerous colds, the flu a couple of times, and a few other illnesses. It never does get easier to deal with. At least not for me, but there are ways that you can learn to cope when your child is sick.
1.Somethings are out of your control.
This is hard for me to say, but there are some things in life you just can’t control. I have to remind myself of this constantly. You can try your best to protect your child from getting sick, but in order to be a healthy individual illnesses are part of the package. No matter what you do your child will end up with an illness at some point. Just realize that it is not your fault. You are a great parent! The next step is to make sure you baby gets proper care whether that is providing extra fluids, giving extra cuddles, or taking them to the doctor. You will get through this!
2. Talk to someone.
Parenting can be very difficult to deal with. You are not only responsible for your life, but your little one’s too. Sometimes you can get overwhelmed and need to vent. Talk to someone who you feel will listen to what you have to say. Whoever it is give them a call, meet up for a bit, and get things off your chest. You do not have to do this alone. If you have no one in person to talk to join a forum. There are lots of mommies that are always willing to provide a listening ear and help you cope.
3. Small Steps
Take things one step at a time. When you realize your child is sick assess what you think they need and do it. If they feel warm take their temp, give them a cool bath, and call your doctor if you feel it is necessary. Don’t let your worrisome thoughts consume you. Do what you think is best for your child. You are a mommy now and have powerful instincts that will lead you in the right direction. It is easy to let your thoughts of what could happen to them overwhelm you, but if you take things one step at a time you are handling their illness in manageable doses.
4. Let the doctor handle it.
If you are feeling worked up it is perfectly understandable. The best thing to do is call your doctor or nurse to see what they say. A professional opinion can do a lot to calm your nerves. They will know if your child can remain home or if they need to be seen. They will know if you can wait to bring your child in or if it is immediate. Try to keep the worry to a minimum until you know exactly what is going on and once you find out figure out the next step.
All of these steps have helped me tremendously in coping with the stress of my child getting sick. I can only hope that they help all of you, as well.