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Safe Sleep with a Sick Baby

Having a sick baby can be heartbreaking, especially if congestion is present. It’s difficult to see your child struggle and you might not know exactly how to help her. On top of that, ensuring that your infant sleeps safe during this process can be nerve-wracking. However, it’s important to make sure that you’re maintaining a safe sleeping environment for your baby. And we’re here to help!

Here are a few suggestions to help you achieve safe sleep with a sick baby presenting cold-like symptoms:

Try a warm bath before bed.

A warm bath will help soothe your baby by easing her aches and pains, and the steam from the water can also help ease congestion. Less congestion equals better sleep.

Use a cold-mist humidifier.

Using a cold-mist humidifier or vaporizer can help alleviate your infant’s congestion while she’s sleeping. The mist can also soothe a dry or sore throat. Make sure you are continually cleaning out the filter and water to ensure that no mold develops, and use a cold-mist instead of a warm-mist humidifier, as warm-mist humidifiers can cause scalding.

Ensure that your baby is drinking enough fluids.

If you’re breastfeeding your baby, doing so more frequently can keep your little one properly hydrated. If you aren’t breastfeeding, increasing formula feedings throughout the illness with have the same effect. Fluids help thin mucus buildup, thus making it easier to breathe, and making sure that your baby can sleep with a clearer airway.

Slightly elevate her head… with specific methodology approved by your pediatrician.

While elevating your child’s head is an effective way to help clear her airway, you need to do so under the direction of your doctor. Adding anything to the crib is potentially hazardous, so you’ll most likely be advised to place something underneath your baby’s mattress to cause a slight elevation. But seriously, consult your pediatrician before doing this on your own.

Use an Owlet Smart Sock to help monitor oxygen levels.

Using the Owlet Smart Sock 2 during your baby’s illness can help ease your stress because it measures your child’s pulse oximetry levels. Pair it with the new Connected Care app to gain additional insights into your infant’s health over time.

*Owlet is intended to provide peace of mind. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure, or prevent any disease or condition.



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Lauren Soderberg

Wife of one tall drink of water. Mama of two spunky kids. Lover of awkwardly long hashtags and unicorn emojis. And babies, obviously.

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