N.A. asks from Butler, PA on March 30, 2009
Baby's First Cold... :( - Butler,PA
My daughter is almost 8 months old and has come down with her 1st cold. I know that we're really lucky that the cold has held off this long with her but now that she's got one, I'm in "fight the cold" mode...
She's so congested - can hear the yuck in her sinuses - but she screams if we try to use the bulb syringe - she HATES having her nose messed with! I went to the store today and bought a vaporizer, menthol/eucalyptus liquid for the vaporizer, BabyRub, and more infant Tylenol. Can anyone tell me how any of these products worked for you with your little one's colds?
Also, she began gagging and choking when I went to feed her cereal tonight. My MIL suggested that maybe giving her juice/water would be better than formula only because of the formula possibly thickening the mucus she's got going on in her little nose and throat... What have been your experiences with giving juice/water (I dilute the juice at least 50/50)?
So What Happened?™
Thank you all so much for your responses! They all gave me peace of mind that I had a brain in my head (haha)and also some other ideas to go on too - After about 3 days of no relief for my little girl, we called the doctor because she had been running a slight fever and the yuck in her nose was not so pretty in color - the doctor checked her out and said she had no sign of infection and that she just had a cold and so far, the vaporizer, vapor baths, tylenol, humidifier and lots of LOVE have seemed to pay off! She's bouncing back with full-force but still has a little bit of a runny nose at times and a productive cough. Thank you all again! :)
K.L. answers from Erie on March 31, 2009
Skip the tylenol unless the fever is very high - it only reduces her body's ability to fight the bugs on her own. As for aspirating, it helps for such a short while (when they are in that snot-making mode) that I never found it worthwhile. We have tried the rub - but on their feet, not their chests - but we've never really decided if it helped much. Basically, you give them lots of fluids and just wait it out. As tough as it is to watch, it is the best thing for their little immune systems . . .
L.B. answers from Philadelphia on March 30, 2009
It sounds to me like you are doing mostly everything right I would just add a few suggestions.
I find Motrin to be better because it lasts more like 6 hours not just 4 for Tylenol, which is great overnight especially. We use a cool mist humidfier every night for our son so I know they work well. I would ask your pediatrician about the vicks additives.
I know its hard as parents to have to do something you see as hurting them or upsetting them but if you are lucky enough to be able to suck gunk out of her nose with the aspirator then do it! You are only going to help her breathe better and she will never remember this. Maybe have your husband do it if that's an option. Have you used the Saline Drops for her nose? I think they are called Little Noses and they are good too.
I also would elevate the head part of her crib mattress some with towels or blankets so that it makes it easier for her to breathe. Hopefully she lays in one direction and isn't all over the place!
I love our pediatrician and they have a nurses line. Feel free to call your ped's office and get their advice on the formula versus juice issue as well as what they suggest for cold remedies. From what I can remember formula is just fine to give them, they need their nutrition when they are sick and don't want to eat cereals, etc.
If she is running a fever call the ped, they may want to check her ears and lungs and throat.
I wish you luck! She needs mostly love when she is feeling like this and you sound like a great Mom.
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D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on March 30, 2009
I wouldn't give her Tylenol if she's not running a fever.
Prop the head of her crib up with thick books (Or fold up a blanket & put under the mattress) under the legs so it's on a slight incline with her ehad elevated. That will help her breathe better. Vaporizor running all night will help. I'd skip the rub--she may be too little yet. Saline spray or drops will really help with the ...uh....snotty nose. Yes--I would push clear liquids as much as possible. It helps thin the mucous. Hope she's better soon!
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D.W. answers from Philadelphia on March 31, 2009
My son was congested and coughing recently. if she starts to have a cough that sounds barky she may have the croup. take her to the doctor if she does not get better. make sure it is only a cold. give her warm baths. may be get in the shower and make it steamy so it will break the congestion up. another thing to do is to use saline spray-called simply saline. most kids do not like bulb syringe. use a cool mist humidifier and elevate her crib where her head is.
S.R. answers from York on March 31, 2009
break up her feedings into smaller, more frequent ones. this will keep her hydrated and will not add to the congestion. i agree that some diluted juice between bottle feedings helps too. motrin tends to work better than tylenol. don't worry, it will pass in a few days! the more colds she gets now, the better her immune system will be down the road!
J.M. answers from Erie on March 31, 2009
I'm sorry to hear that your baby is sick, it's def never any fun for baby or parents. My son is also 8 months but he had been through a few yucky colds so far. I'll tell you what always worked for us...stick with the formula, its the best for baby right now cold or not, some juice/water in between is def ok though (I always use 50/50). Skip on the food and cereal (my son always gagged on it too when he had a cold) a few days without it isnt going to do them any harm. Also the bulb, my son also hates it, screams and cries when he sees it! So, needless to say, I dont use it much! I always use the Vicks BabyRub on him when he's congested. Our bedtime routine during colds is usually this, a nice warm bath with Johnsons Vapor Bath, BabyRub, warm jammies, some infant ibuprofen or tylenol and then a bottle. I also use a vaporizer, with the menthol/eucalyptus liquid for it, in his room. All of that stuff combined seems to help my little one when hes down with a cold.
I hope this helped. Good Luck with everything and I hope your little one gets to feeling better soon!!
D.V. answers from Pittsburgh on March 31, 2009
N., sounds like youre doing everything you can possibly do. I know that i was using a syringe with a long "neck" until i discovered the ones with the stubby type neck. It doesn't go up into the nose, just sits on the nostril and it works even better and didn't seem to bother them as much. Its tough to watch your little one go through this. I hope shes better soon.
S.S. answers from Scranton on March 30, 2009
The other moms responses are right on with the exception of one thing. They are confusing Vicks Vaporub with the liquid you use in the vaporizer. Definitely use the liquid, it will help keep her nostrils moist and dilated which makes it easier for her to breath and get the congestion out. Mine are 21, 9 and 7 y/o and the pediatrician told us it was okay to use liquid, but NOT the rub at your daughter's age. As far as formula, I would dilute it until the congestion is gone.She will receive enough nutrition between the formula she gets and the baby food.
S.Y. answers from Pittsburgh on March 31, 2009
I am so glad you asked this question! I feel I have "solved" the clogged nose problem...
First of all, trhrow away that bulb syringe. They are no good unless you want to baste a really tiny turkey. Then, go to www.nosefrida.com. Buy one of those. Then go to BabiesrUs or Burlington and get a "BeBe Sounds NasalClear. If you use these in conjunction with each other you can get that nose cleared in 10 seconds flat. The nose frida looks weird but it really really works. The NasalClear has songs it plays to distract your baby while she's getting her nose suctioned.
Seriously, these two products TOGETHER are the best way I've found (and my dd's nose was congested for her first 3 months...I have experience in this). Good luck!