J.G. asks from Tempe, AZ on November 27, 2008
Help, My 5 Month Old Has a Cold
My 5 month old caught her big brother's cold and she is miserable. We had to hold her in the bathroom last night next to the shower to steam her and it helped for a short time but we had a rough night. Her nose is really stuffed and alternates between she cant breathe through it and it wont stop running. I know you are not supposed to give them anything this young but does anyone have any suggestions at all? I am not looking forward to another sleepless night.
So What Happened?™
Thanks to everyone for their input. All of it helped. We are using a steamer and eucalyptus oil on her feet and in vaporizer to help. She is still plugged a bit but doing better. As for the probiotics, I am breastfeeding so the only thing I can do is take more for myself, unless you have another thought on how to feed it to her. She doesnt bottle feed ebm very much. Thanks again!
P.E. answers from Panama City on November 28, 2008
S.T. answers from Orlando on November 28, 2008
Have you thought about getting a humidifier? This worked for my little ones & also having their mattess propped with a phone book or something stable that will allow them to not be straight on their back. It helps them to breathe better.
R.A. answers from Boca Raton on November 28, 2008
Sorry to hear your little one is suffering. Nurse her non stop. Don't eat any dairy products and make sure she has none too. Try to eat a clean diet with no sugar (weakens the immune system) and eat lots of fresh green veggies. Good luck!
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M.H. answers from Miami on December 03, 2008
B.R. answers from Orlando on November 27, 2008
You might try a vapor rub on her chest and neck. Don't have any other suggestions. Definitely get her to the doctor if it continues. My son had a very bad cold around that age and he got prescribed decongestant drops and used a nebulizer (inhaler) 3 times a day. Good luck.
C.W. answers from Miami on November 30, 2008
if she has a stuffy nose, try this. make a little saline, water and salt, then take a dropper and put a drop or two on each nostril. it works, but she will not like it.
J.D. answers from Port St. Lucie on December 02, 2008
I just saw your request today. My boys are 11 and 8 years old.
Try a warm misting machine in the room. You can also put some liquid vapor on top of the mister. These misters can be found a Walgreens or other pharmacy store.
Try saline drops to help clear the nasal passages. It's more natural than other nasal sprays.
There are also over the counter medications for stuffy noses that is available for babies. These can also be found at Walgreens or other pharmacy store.
Hope this helps and hope she gets better and you get some sleep. I've been there and completely understand.
Good Luck...Merry Christmas
M.H. answers from Melbourne on November 28, 2008
Get probiotics capsules at the health food store. Open and add to her milk every feeding! Probiotics are the good bacteria that everyone needs to live. The probiotics will crowd out the bad bacteria in her intestines and she will get well faster. A study done in Europe showed that probiotics given every hour healed faster than antibiotics and without all the bad side effects.
T.D. answers from Daytona Beach on November 27, 2008
Put a humdifier in her room and run it. Also you can set one of the plug in vapor things and use that as well. Other than that there isn't anything unless you take her to the doctor.
R.P. answers from Jacksonville on November 28, 2008
Try baby vics and a humidifier. Also, I know this sounds absolutley crazy, but someone told me to try putting vics on your babies soles of his/her feet and then put socks on them. I tried it out of desperation and it really helped. My little one had a really bad cold a month ago and I did this and it seemed to soothe her. She started expecting it even after her cold was gone. Don't give her any cold meds though. They really don't work on infants and children for some reason (at least they don't on mine) and all your doing is giving your baby mediciation her body can't use. Good luck, and I hope your baby gets better soon.