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SORE THROAT OR TONSILLITIS IN BABY – DIRTY PACIFIER MAY BE THE REASON

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When your baby cries or refuses to eat anything that you offer her, it breaks your heart. And if she starts throwing up when you try force-feeding, then we parents get into a guilt mode.  It gets difficult for parents to understand the reason for their child’s issues of not eating or constant crying.

But if your baby has a fever and is not eating, then there is a possibility that something is wrong in their mouth. Your baby may have trouble eating due to the inflamed tonsils at the back of her throat, which we clinically refer to as ‘tonsillitis,’ a condition that affects adults too. Below are some of the symptoms of Tonsillitis.  

  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Bad Breath
  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Pain in the Ear
  • Swelling of the Lymph Nodes

A Pacifier Could Be A Possible Reason Of Your Child's Sickness

When my baby turned 11 months, he started falling sick quite frequently, mostly every month I had to take a trip to the doctor to get him checked, reasons were fever, runny nose and not eating. Doctors usually call it a Viral fever and prescribed a few medicines, and normally he used to be fine in 3-4 days. But every month or two, my baby was getting a viral fever, which did not feel right to me. When he was around 21 months,  I found my baby troubled more than usual, and he had symptoms like high fever, Bad breath, not eating, and coughing. This time he did not recover in 3-4 days. Also, I was a lot worried because it’s been days he is not eating, and medicines were not working. With a thorough check, the doctor realized that it was due to tonsils. 

My baby was a binky (Pacifier) baby in his early months, and he just didn’t sleep without one, it was in his mouth the whole night. I got suspicious with everything he put in his mouth, and by chance, I sniffed my baby’s pacifier, and that was disgusting. This time My mommy instincts tell me that this little binky is the cause of my baby’s sickness. After that, I made every effort to Wean my baby off the pacifier. After a month, my baby finally learned to live without his binky, which was a great relief. He is 28 months now and by God’s grace, no doctor visit, which proved my motherly instinct was right.

Whether you call them pacifiers, binkies, dummies or soothers, many parents call them lifesavers. But these pacifiers which we find as a blessing also turns to be a curse sometimes.  Like most mothers, you might worry about germs and make time every day and night to scrub the pacifiers, bottles, and nipples. However, your hard work may not pay off. These bacteria’s build resistance and continue to harbor and grow. Surprisingly the life of a pacifier is very short; some studies suggest the life of a pacifier is only two weeks. So if you are using a pacifier for your baby, then it is better to keep a box full of new pacifiers and toss the old one every 14-day, if not 14, then at least every month give a new pacifier. 

Also Understand the Pros and Cons Of Using A Pacifier.

Also, it is essential for every parent whose child is using a pacifier to keep in mind that you give a new pacifier at the following times:

  • First symptoms of illness
  • Once ill, after fever breaks
  • As soon as the child recovers

That means you would need quite a lot of pieces ready with you. So if you want this blessing to remain a blessing for you and your child, then use them wisely and get rid of them at the earliest.

PACIFIER SAFETY AND HYGIENE TIPS

HOW TO USE AND CLEAN A PACIFIER FOR SAFER HEALTH OF YOUR BABY

1. FIRST USE: Before first use, place the soother in boiling water for 5 minutes, allow to cool, and squeeze out any trapped water from the soother.

2. REGULAR CLEANING & STERILIZING: Clean the pacifier before each use under warm running water. Do not use aggressive cleaning agents. Regularly sterilize the pacifier. After sterilizing, wait at least 5 minutes before giving the pacifier to your baby. During cleaning, a small amount of water may enter the nipple. This can be quickly expelled by gently squeezing with clean fingers.

3. AVOID TONGUE BATH: Avoid cleaning a pacifier with your mouth. Seeing moms do this always grossed me out. It seemed like the least sanitary thing you could do for your child. It is better to keep two extra pacifiers handy in your purse if you are outside.

4. SUGAR COATING: Never dip the pacifier in sugar or honey. This can cause tooth decay. Honey can lead to botulism, which is a type of food poisoning.

5. USE A PACIFIER CLIP: Using a pacifier clip will help you in avoiding frequent drops or losing it by your baby. Snap them to babies’ pockets to keep pacifiers safe, secure, and clean, but don’t clip them while they are sleeping so that there is no strangulation risk.

6. RUNNING WATER METHOD: In case a pacifier is dropped, put it under a running faucet to get surface dirt removed from it.

7. REPLACE: For hygiene and safety reasons, always replace the pacifier after one month of use.

8. INSPECT: Before popping a pacifier into the baby’s mouth, inspect them to check if you notice any cracks, tears, or compromised parts; if yes, toss it out right away.

9. DUPLICATE: Keep duplicate clean pacifiers on hand so they can be easily switched out, There might be situations where you might not have clean running water or hot water around so in those places keeping extra handy pieces would be a great idea, to ensure your babies good health and your peace of mind.

10. PACIFIER BOX: To keep the pacifier clean between uses, you should put it away until you need it, use a protective box keeping the pacifier clean, effectively isolating the bacteria. They are quite easy to use and clean. It is also a good home or traveling accessory.

11. SIZE MATTERS: Each brand’s sizing will differ depending on material and shape, so pick a pacifier that fits your child’s age. A pacifier that’s too big or too small for her mouth may not soothe her and can be a safety hazard.

HOME REMEDIES TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BABY DURING THROAT INFECTION

1. Drinking Plenty of Fluid

Tonsillitis results in dehydration as babies find it difficult to swallow and thus refuse to eat. Make sure your young one drinks plenty of water and stays hydrated throughout the day.

2. Warm Compress

Warm compress around the neck or throat, soothes the pain and provides relief to an extent. You can use a warm water-bottle for the same.

3. Bananas

Bananas are one of the best sore throat remedies for infants. They are soft and thus can be easily mashed and easy to swallow.

4. Ghee

You can give her ghee with a pinch of grounded black pepper to a 6-month-old baby or above. This will soothe her sore throat. Ghee has anti-inflammatory properties, which help in bringing down the inflammation in the throat.

5. Honey and Lemon Juice

Add a few drops of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice to a cup of warm water. Giving this drink 2 – 3 times a day to the baby will cure his sore throat in no time. However, never give honey to a baby less than one year of age since it can cause infant botulism.

6. Use a Humidifier

Installing a humidifier at home to moisten the air makes it easier for kids to fall asleep at night. Change the water in the units every day and regularly clean as per the instructions to prevent bacteria from accumulating and spreading.

7. Mustard Oil

Warm-up some mustard oil mixed with some crushed garlic and some fenugreek seeds. After the oil cools down, you can gently massage the oil in the baby’s throat. Massaging the throat with the oil will give a warming effect and soothe the baby’s sore throat.

8. Say ‘No’ to Smoking and Tobacco

Don’t smoke around your child or let anyone consume tobacco at home since air pollutants are known to irritate the throat and cause difficulty in breathing and result in excruciating pain.

9. Clean Your Baby’s Toys

Scrub her toys too and anything your child plays with since bacteria may land on those too. Get her started on her antibiotics

Although mild tonsillitis isn’t that harmful, bacterial tonsillitis may worsen if left untreated. If you notice a fever as high as 39.5 degrees Celsius, neck stiffness, and sore throat, which doesn’t go away after two to three days, consult a doctor immediately since it may develop into a severe complication.

Did your child suffer illness because of a pacifier? Was Using a Binky for your child a blessing, or it turned out to be a curse? What worked best for your child during sore throat or tonsils? I would love to hear about your experience. Comment Below!

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