Post # 1
So, both baby and I seem to be coming down with a cold. I’ve talked to the pediatrician’s office, and gotten the standard “saline nose drops, bulb-sucker if you need it but not more than twice a day, humidifier, raise the crib” suggestions, but was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions on how to either help him get over the cold faster or make him less miserable while dealing with it? (like, I saw one suggestion online to hold him over a steaming bath with some drops of eucalyptus oil in it)
Edit: DS is three and a half months old.
Also, gratuitous baby photo:
Post # 3
I found the best thing for my two when they were young was vics vapour rub on the souls of their feet, and a good saline nasal spray to help open the nasal passage.
I honestly have not found anything better. Even for coughs. In Aus we can’t get Kids cough medicine without a prescription so I use that method all the time and it has worked wonders for me.
The other piece of advice I was given by my GP was to dose baby Paracetamol and Baby Ibuprofen at the same time. Safe to do as they are absorbed by different systems in the body. I found that when using only one product wouldn’t break the fever, using both would. Without fail.
Its horrible when little ones are sick, I remember feeling so helpless when I couldnt make them more comfortable.
Post # 4
When Warren has a cough or especially snotty nose I’d let him sleep in his carseat.
I’ve also used the plugin vapor things – not sure how much this actually helped.
Otherwise I do the same things… saline drops, humidifier, and crib up on books. I actually also held him close(ish) to a boiling teapot and used my hand to waft the steam towards his nose.
The only way Warren really gets the snot good and cleared out is a couple good sneezes 🙂 Maybe you could tickle his nose 😉
Post # 5
We are going on month 2 of continuous cold/allergies so I feel your pain. We found the bulb sucker to be a lot less effecitve than the nose frieda but I know it grosses some people out so if it does to you too, no worries. Other than that, steamy showers if you can keep baby out of the water. Rather than raising the bed on one end (my boy kept sliding down) we use a rolled up blanket and position it under my son’s shoulders so it makes his head tilt back and open up his throat some. Other than that, you’ve already gotten the advice that we have. Saline drops/mist. Clear nose with aspirator. Humidifier in the room, etc. My son’s first cold ended up being an ear infection so watch carefully for discharge from eyes, not eating well (cries when sucking/swallowing), etc. It is hard to watch your baby in pain or not feeling his/her best. Good luck!
Post # 6
Ugh, I’ve been there. 🙁 Let’s see, we use the saline drops/aspirator, the humidifier, nice steamy showers a couple times a day, the Vicks Baby rub on the chest and feet (you can’t use regular Vicks Vapor Rub because of the menthol, I think), sleep in the bouncy chair, and when it gets really bad, the neti pot (we’ve only had to do this twice, and it was torture, but it did help).
Also, be aware that babies can get dehydrated very quickly, and fluids are super important when little ones are sick. Addie always eats/drinks less when she’s sick, so our doctor recommended a small amount of Pedialyte a couple times a day to help combat the fluid intake decrease; you can ask your doctor for dosing instructions, if you get worried about that.
Post # 7
Thanks for the suggestions, all!
So, I know I need to worry about him getting enough to eat, but how do I tell? It should be easy during the week, because he gets bottles at daycare, but if I’m home with him and BF-ing, sometimes it’s hard to tell how much he is getting. Will it be obvious (i.e. crying when sucking/swallowing like Pelikila mentioned… will it happen often enough that I’ll know he’s not eating enough?)
Post # 8
@Lozza: You can Google symptoms of dehydration in infants, but some of the signs include:
- dry mouth/dry lips/dry eyes
- no tears while crying
- decrease in diapers
- strongly smelling/darkly colored urine
If you baby has any of the following symptoms, take him to the ER immediately because it means severe dehydration:
- no wet diapers for 12 hours
- sunken in soft spot
- lethargy/excessive sleepiness
- sunken eyes
ETA: I forgot to add in my first post what a handsome little man you have! 🙂 That picture makes it look like he’s flirting with all the ladie on WB, lol. Wink.
Post # 9
@Lozza: use the Nosefrida Snot Sucker instead of a regular bulb syringe! (google it) your poor kid probably wont like it but it really does works so much better than a regular aspirator.
Post # 10
@Lozza: Some other possible symptoms of not eating well may include you still feeling “full” after he eats as compared to usual or he might latch for a short period of time but then cry or fuss without really re-latching no matter which side you try feeding on. Definitely pay attention to the number of wet diapers and odor of urine as Mrs. Spring said.