As parents, seeing your little one experience pain and fever can throw your heart for a loop-de-loop. Every sniffle, whimper, and tear make you wish you could wave a magic wand and make it all better. While we may not have magical powers, we do have a treasure trove of tips and tricks to help your baby sleep comfortably, even when they’re under the weather.

A Cosy Nest Is Best

First and foremost, ensure your baby’s sleeping environment is comfortable. Keep the room temperature moderate – not too hot, not too cold. Finding that sweet spot might be tricky, but as a general rule of thumb, maintain your baby’s room at a temperature that you are comfortable with. A cool room, around 20-22° C, is often recommended for babies.1

The Power of Touch

Never underestimate the soothing power of your touch. A soft massage at bedtime can help relax your baby. Baby massage has also been proven to increase levels of melatonin; a hormone that makes it easier to drift off to dreamland.2a

Place your baby on a soft towel on the bed or floor. You can even keep your little munchkin close by snuggling them right against your chest. Rub baby massage cream or lotion onto your hands to warm it up. Stroke your baby’s arms and legs in long, slow movements, or making gentle circles on the tummy in a steady rhythm. 2b

Soothing Sounds for Sweet Dreams

The gentle hum of a white noise sound machine can be incredibly soothing for a baby in discomfort. These sounds mimic the familiar, comforting sounds they heard in the womb,3 providing a sense of safety and calm. Keep the volume low and choose sounds that are continuous and rhythmic for the best effect.

The Magic of Movement

Sometimes, the gentle rocking motion can be the key to calming down a fussy baby.4 Whether it’s a slow dance in your arms, a soothing ride in a baby swing, or a gentle sway in a rocking chair, the rhythmic movement can help ease their discomfort and lull them into a peaceful sleep.

Fever Fighters

If your baby has a fever, it’s essential to manage it to ensure they can sleep comfortably. Consider giving your baby age-appropriate fever medication. Parents trust5 Panado® to be gentle but tough on pain and fever. The paediatric range includes peppermint flavoured syrup in convenient 5ml sachets, strawberry flavoured syrup, peppermint flavoured alcohol and sugar-free syrup, recently launched grape flavoured colourant-free, tartrazine-free, alcohol-free, and sugar-free syrup and peppermint flavoured infant drops with a dosage dropper.

Remember, hydration is crucial if your baby has a fever, so offer plenty of fluids, whether it’s breast milk, formula, or water (for older babies), to keep them hydrated. 7a


A handy tip: for every kilo your baby weighs, aim to feed them about 44 – 59 ml of breast milk or formula each day. If your little one is under the weather with things like diarrhoea, vomiting, or a fever, they might need up to 89 ml per kilo.7b

Sniffle Solutions

For babies battling a cold, congestion could make sleeping a challenge. By adding moisture to the air, a humidifier in the space helps facilitate your baby’s easier breathing.8

Routine Reigns Supreme

Try to maintain their usual nighttime routine as much as possible. The familiarity of a warm bath, a quiet story, and some cuddle time can be incredibly reassuring and can signal to your baby that it’s time to wind down and rest.

Patience and Presence

Sometimes, all your baby needs, is to know you’re there. Being present, whether it’s holding their hand, resting yours on their back, or simply sitting by their crib, can provide immense comfort. Your calm presence reassures them that they’re not alone, making it easier for them to relax and fall asleep.

When to Seek Help

While these tips can help ease your baby’s discomfort and promote better sleep, it’s crucial to monitor their condition closely. If your baby’s fever is high or persistent, they’re showing signs of dehydration, or you have any concerns about their health, don’t hesitate to contact your paediatrician. When it comes to your baby’s safety, it’s always a good idea to be cautious.

In Conclusion

Seeing your baby in pain or suffering from a fever can be incredibly stressful. However, with a dash of patience, a dollop of love, and these tried-and-true comfort strategies, you can help ease their discomfort and ensure they get the restful sleep they need to recover. Remember, every baby is unique. What works for one tot may not work for another. Trust your instincts, consult with your paediatrician as needed, and soon, your little one will be back to their bubbly, giggly self, ready to explore the world once more.


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