First cold and constipation

infant constipationNo thought for the day as baby Zonni is sick. “Nothing serious, quite normal, just a bit of a virus infection.” Quoting what Dr told us. Well, I respect Dr’s opinion for sure,  but also it seems like many things are ‘quite normal’ for him.

Have you ever had the moment where you saw your little one is so in love with one flavour, that you just can’t say no. For me, that was the case. You might remember my previous post, I was telling about giving her sweet potatoes for a few days consecutively, and she went bananas for the flavour. However, poor little girl got constipation and couldn’t produce smooth poo for days.

Guilty as charged, this is what happens when I  try to spoil her.

I rang the health nurse and told her what I’ve been feeding her. And, unfortunately most of her favourite types of food was not good for her digestion system.

Also, she had a bit of a high temperature last night, it dropped eventually from 38.2  to 37.8, still not low. Even though I was told by the nurse not to worry too much if the temperature wasn’t higher than 38.3. I was recommended to go to the doctor if she is coughing or having running nose, and go to the hospital if anything like change of skin colour and/or shortness of breath happens. This morning we found that she started having a running nose, that’s why we went to see the Dr, and that’s where I was told its normal for babies to get a virus infection.

What I was also advised is that if she’s really unsettled to give her a dose of children’s Panadol and to keep up her fluids by giving her either fruit juice, breast milk or cold boiled water.

Its not a strange thing for babies to get sick, they’re human, humans get sick in general. But its so hard to see her suffer, I would rather that is me. Well, lesson learnt, hope me sharing this story can be useful for some of you.

Here’s the list of food I fed her which caused the digestion issues:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bananas,
  • Rice cereal
  • Potatoes

Its not like you can’t feed them since they have high protein and great vitamins. Just be aware of the amount, not too much and don’t use them for every meal for consecutive days.

Also, a few tips to help my littlie’s constipation problem:

  • Tommy rub, just give her a very, very gentle massage under her belly button;
  • Put a few drops of olive oil in her food, has to be raw, so just put it in the puree right before you feed her;

Have a list of fresh fruit and veggies in mind which can smooth her poo:

Fruits

  • Pear (NO1 RECOMMENDED)
  • Prune (dry plum, which are also quite good)
  • Apricot (good but Zonni isn’t a fan because its too sour, so I mixed it with either prune or pear to add some sweetness).

Vegetables

  • Broccoli (I know I know its yuk, but maybe mix it with carrots?)
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Green beans (my Spanish friend got that idea from a Spanish paediatrician)

I know your parents, family members, friends who have experience, all want to pass on some knowledge to you, but honestly, I do feel so much better once I went to the doctor and got some confirmation from him. Also, gained back some confidence in myself, as in “I’m doing a fine job”.

So consulting your local nurse or doctor is always a wise move, and don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how “stupid” you think they are.

Finally, she did a big solid bunny drop this morning, sorry being not romantic here, that’s how new parenthood sounds like right? At least I know these new introduced fruits are working in her stomach…  I’m happy.

Before I forget, another tip from the nurse regarding helping her blocked nose is a few drops of breast milk into nose, and it will help passing the mucus out. Or,  you can buy a salt water spray (not sure about the brand), or make your own (a quarter tea spoon salt with 50ml cold boiled water), both have a similar effect as the breast milk.

Now my little Zonni is up after a 30 minutes nap, need to give her a cuddle and check her temperature again. Have a great weekend all proud mommies and daddies, may all babies be happy and healthy.

Love,

PMD

 

 

 

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