S.K. asks from Santa Monica, CA on January 19, 2010
How Do I Help My Sick Baby....?
My 5.5 month old has a cold.....does anyone have any advice on how to help his symptoms......namely runny nose and congestion - he's having a hard time eating (breastfeed only) and sleeping was pretty tough last night....
any help is really appreciated!
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K.T. answers from Los Angeles on January 20, 2010
D.B. answers from Honolulu on January 20, 2010
M.D. answers from Los Angeles on January 20, 2010
Saline spray in his nose should help a little.
Also try putting a pillow underneath his mattress so that the mattress is slightly on an incline...will help his congestion drain a little.
And, also try a humidfier.
Good luck...it'll pass, but it's hard to watch them go through it in the meantime.
C.A. answers from Los Angeles on January 20, 2010
suck snot w/ the blue bulb.
cool mist humidifier
elevate the head of the crib (I stick books under the legs)
and a few baths a day-only to distract the baby from their discomfort. I always had my kids play in the tub when they were fussy.
plus, nurse when ever, he needs some some comfort
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L.T. answers from Los Angeles on January 20, 2010
Try giving him a bath right before bed with Johnson and Johnson vapor bath and putting a small amount of baby Vick's on his chest (just check the age on that and make sure it's okay for his age, I can't remember). They also make a small fan that you can buy in the medicine aisle that has vapor in it and even a humidifier can help. Other than that there isn't much you can do other than Tyelenol or Motrin. Luckily colds only last a couple of days! Good luck, I hope he's feeling better soon.
M.J. answers from San Diego on January 20, 2010
A.P. answers from San Diego on January 20, 2010
I put Vicks on MY stomach or neck -not on the baby, during sleep time. This way I can keep him close, regulate breathing and temp. Try not to use too much heat in the house as well, it irritates the nose....of course don't freeze : )
S.B. answers from San Diego on January 20, 2010
I'm sorry your little guy is sick. That sucks and it's so hard to watch.
You got great suggestions and my tricks have already been mentioned as well. I did the how shower thing and tried to nurse in there. I also did the nose aspirator, which my kid's HATED, but really worked well, and used the cool mist humidifier w/ Euclaptypus oil in it. Actually i have a cold now and am using the humidifier w/ E in it! My kid's had a tendacy to get eye infections so I did use breast milk to put in their eyes. It is like liquid gold!
Good luck and I hope he feels better soon!
L.C. answers from Los Angeles on January 20, 2010
It's really hard when your baby is sick - especially the first few times. For a cold the baby needs lots of fluids, cold air humidifier at night with head slightly raise while sleeping. Use saline spray in his nose then suction out the mucus - he'll hate the spray but it helps.
Hope this helps!
G.Y. answers from San Diego on January 20, 2010
If your baby is coughing you can put baby vick's vapor rub on the bottom of his feet with cotton socks on. I tell you, the cough goes away.
K.H. answers from San Diego on January 20, 2010
Try getting a humidifier for when he sleeps.