Being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done, but it has brought me so much joy! I want to encourage other moms on their journey, I'll share motherhood tricks, spotlight tips I've learned from friends, and I hope you will share your ideas. I will focus on secrets that help families stay balanced, healthy, frugal, creative, and closely knit. I will also share favorite fiction and nonfiction books that I have enjoyed. Many blessings to you on your mothering journey!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Managing a Sick Baby :(
**Don't read while eating!**

My husband went to wake up our 17m daughter this morning, and found her quietly staring at her vomit. (Sorry to be graphic!) We were completely caught off guard, because she went to bed happy and we haven't knowingly been around any sick people. So today's mommysecret is about dealing with yuckiness such as this. Here's the system we follow:
  1. Take clothes off sick child and carry to bathtub.
  2. Older sibling watches baby in the bath, while mommy cleans.
  3. Use an old rag to pick up any chunks (again, sorry for being graphic!) and wipe off as much yuck as possible. Put the rag and trash into a plastic bag and take it outside to the trashcan.
  4. Go back to the bed and fold over the soiled laundry, trying to keep any stains from touching clean fabric.
  5. Walk straight to the washing machine, put oxiclean on the stains, and wash the laundry in warm water with my strongest detergent.
  6. Spray crib mattress, crib rails and all around the crib with lysol or another disinfectant.
  7. Wash child head to toe, and redress in an easy-to-get-on/off outfit.
  8. Disinfect the rest of the house with lysol when the kids go to bed.
  9. Do double-duty on hand-washing throughout the day.
  10. Give the child juice or watered down gatorade for rehydration. When the child is ready to try eating, start with crackers and bananas.
  11. PRAY for this to be an isolated incident!

It's tedious and gross, but thorough. If you have any tips on these unfortunate circumstances (especially during flu season!), I'd love to hear them!

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Blogger Meredith said...

We've had that recently, too. Yuck--and thank goodness for hard surface floors!

Just to clarify, Step 2 is an empty bathtub, no water, right?

9:01 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

My husband and I have both been sick lately. The kids have the sniffles, but it's nothing like what we're experiencing! I hope they don't get it. Great tips for if they do!

10:15 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

We are experiencing this exact thing right now. My sweet little Jaedon is being pitiful and has thrown up twice so far...hopefully that's ALL! I'm sticking on the last step and PRAYING it will be done soon and child #2 (or me, for that matter) doesn't have it tomorrow!
I haven't ever heard of bananas being easy on their stomach. Hopefully we can try those for breakfast! Thanks for the suggestion!

10:43 PM  

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