L.G. asks from Harwood Heights, IL on November 13, 2008
3 Month with Cold
My 3 month old has a stuffy nose and is coughing. I am using a vaporizer and baby rub. What else can I do? It breaks my heart to see him so miserable.
L.Z. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2008
My ped. told me that I could squeeze a saline solution into their nose to clean it out, but I never had the "guts" to do this to them. I have 2 kid, a 20mos old and a 4 mos old. So I just did exactly what you are doing - vaporizer and VICKS. I wish I had the guts to try the saline solution in the nose, but I always felt like that would be painful so I never did it. GOOD LUCK!
E.B. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2008
The two main things are: humidifier/vaporizer and saline spray. The baby rub might make you feel better, but it won't do much for him. Also, the bulb is not necessary. Babies need to learn how to clear their noses on their own and using it can cause adverse effects if not used properly. He'll be fine! (I felt really bad the first time my daughter got a cold too:)
L.B. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2008
L.F. answers from Chicago on November 13, 2008
Make sure that when he sleeps his head of the bed is elevated about 30degrees. You could roll up a blanket and place it under his neck/shoulders. If his head is elevated it will open up this thoracic cavity (wear the lungs sit) allowing the lungs to move easier. Frequent suctioning with bulb syringe. It is the start of influenza and RSV season...if he seems to be working harder to breathe, decreased intake and/or decreased wet diapers, temp over 100.4, wheezing...I would take him to the doctor. Remember to use requent hand washing. You could provide chest therapy by patting his back and chest. Pay attention to his chest..look for retractions...you will see a slight indentation beneath bottom of rib cage with each inspiration. If retractions get deeper or more frequent see a doctor. Also if you see him using his neck accessory muscles with breathing...can be a sign of respiratory distress. Above all go with you instinct. Better to be safe than sorry. Good luck.
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M.W. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2008
My pediatrician recommended the cool mist humidifier over a vaporizer. Also, I would always put my little ones in their bouncy seat or car seat to sleep when they were stuffy. It was the only way they would sleep. Always try to use the saline drops and bulb syringe before feeding him. That way it will be easier for him to breath while he drinks.
D.G. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2008
You can use some saline spray in his nose....Simply Saline works well....and that will loosen things up a bit. After you spray the saline use a nose sucker to get out all of the boogers. I also use Johnson's vapor bath in my daughters' baths when they are sick, and that helps them to feel better too!
D.M. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2008
Use the baby vicks rub underneath his feet and put socks on, it helps!
J.W. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2008
Saline spray followed(after a couple of min.)by a nasal suction bulb. The saline helps loosen up the mucus. Other than that and what you are already doing, you just have to wait it out :(
A.W. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2008
At bath time, try using Johnson's Soothing Vapor Bath (the only place I've been able to find it is at Walgreens). Another remedy that seemed to work wonders with my little girl when she was sick was to use Pediacare Gentle Vapors Plug-In unit... it's like the plug-in air fresheners you can use for your home, but with soothing vapors that help clear the baby's nose(it sure cleard my sinuses every time I walked in her room!). I plugged it in at nap times and at night - that used along with a cool mist vaporizers really seemed to help. Also, try to suction your son's nose whenever you hear him "rattling around" in there and right afer they sneeze when things are loosened up and easier to suction. I know the little ones hate it, but it really helps to clear things out so they're not just sucking it all back in. I made a game out of it with my daughter, and that seemed to help. If you act like it's just a fun game, usually your baby will read your reaction and tolerate it a little better. Hope this helps... my little girl just got over her first cold, and it was really hard to see her so uncomfortable. I know how you feel! :-)
K.F. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2008
I feel your pain. Our daughter had one at that age too....here's what we did: bring him into the bathroom, turn shower water on hot, hot, hot, and just stand in the bathroom with him so he can get the steam...it should help out a little. Try having him sleep with the head of his crib or bassinett elevated so that any drainage doesn't just stick in the back of his throat and let gravity work for him. Salin drops in the nose help to thin out the mucus so that it's not so thick and sticky (I know, ewe). THen suction. BE CAREFUL WITH BULB SYRINGE...suction very gently otherwise things will get more irritated. That's about it. Hopefully, this cold will be short-lived. If he starts running fever, call dr. of course..
J.W. answers from Chicago on November 13, 2008
When our son was that age we also gave him a warm bath and Johnson and Johnson makes a vapor gel that goes into the tub -like a gel, and it really helps to clear their congestion. You can get this at any CVS pharmacy, etc. Good luck :) It is in a blueish green bottle, similar to the one that the bath gel is in.