I have a 2 1/2 week old baby boy that unfortunaly got a cold from us. The whole family got a cold...our symptoms are stuffy and some of us runny nose (thick), headache (pressure), throat pain. And since last night I think my newborn got it. I can sense it when he breaths like he is congested somehow. He doesn't have a fever, diarrhea and he eats fine but slowly like he has mucus in his throat. You know! And of course the weekend and no doctors open. Can anyone recommend me what is the best thing to do since he is so little?
First of all, thank you all for being so helpful! So, last monday I took him to the doctor and he advice the same thing as many of you, keep him elevated, vaporizer, use the bulge to get his mucus out and so on. But today is Friday he is still doing the same, congested, can't sleep that much. I heard that it might take up to two weeks. But what I'm still worried is that he is so little....just 3 weeks.
The only other thing I can suggest is that if you don't have a pediatrician relationship established enough to call them on a weekend, then call the labor and delivery ward where you delivered. They will at least be able to get you through the rest of the weekend until you can call a pediatrician on monday... or they might be able to let you talk to their on call pediatrician.
Just keep that nose as clear as possible.... babies that young don't know how to breate out of the mouth so if the nose clogs up, they can't catch their breath.
Hi N., my name is C.. I am not a doctor or a nurse. I am a mom of twin 16 year old girls. They were born at 33 weeks. So all their ailments were mountians not mole hills. Sounds like your litle one does have the beginnings of a cold. I suggest you take the suction syringe and suction out his throat. Just to see if he does have some mucus settled. I did this with mine quiet often. It saved a lot of doctor office trips. Just be really careful not to stick it too far, you just want to check to see if there is anything there. If there is, then tomorrow he should see the doctor, because of his age, doctor is best for now. I will be praying for you and the little one. I pray that everything turns out good for the little one. May God Bless you and you have a wonderfully blessed day!
If your Dr is anything like my kids ped was he won't even treat the symptoms. he will tell you coolmist humidifier for the congestion. elevate hid head when he sleeps.( i always put the carseat in the crib and let them sleep in that). and saline nose drops to keep his little nose clear. oh and all important nose syringe... lol i always said it felt like i was trying to suck their little brains out because my kids always pitched a fit when i did it altho i got alot of mucus out. but def if he starts active symptoms get him in to be seen because babies can get very sick very quick. my daughter got bronchitis i swear out of nowhere. that whole day she was fine that night at midnight she was burning up and couldn't breath the next morning when she got to the ped it was a close call on them sending her to the hospital. she was full term but she got a very bad RSV virus that was going around and hit her in the chest.
Don't waste your money at the doctor. Here's what they'll tell you (I guarantee it...)
Put a pillow under the crib matress when he sleeps. Use a humidifier in his room. Use saline drops and a nasal bulb syringe to help with the congestion. There is no medication that they will give you unless they find him to have an infection, although there is a Vicks vaporub for babies, but check the label for the ages. If it's a virus, it'll just run it's course.
One word of caution from my own experience. Try to find one of those bulb syringes that have sort of a guide so you don't push it in too far (I think the First Year brand is the one we have). I had one from the hospital that I stuck in her nose too far and caused a little bit of bleeding.
Good luck N.! I"m so sorry your baby boy is feeling sick.
Use saline up his nose and your hospital nose sucker (mine was green. I got it when my babies were born.)
He is too little to use decongestants or any other cold remedy.
You can also use a de-humidifier in his room.
You can always take him to a walk-in clinic (Centra care) if you are really concerned.
Hope this helps. Also, hope your little one feels better really soon.
My little girl was full term and she still ended up with RSV when she was about two months old. The doctors gave a saline solution to keep her nose clean and that was it. there is really nothing they can take at such a very young age. Just make sure you still take him to the doctor and soon as you can and if you can't wait, take him to the emergency room if you believe its that bad. hope i could help
Hey,Been there, I know it sucks. Every time he has a congested breath your heart burns a little. Okay, depending on where you live there are Medi-Merges that provide after hours or weekend services. Depending upon your insurance it may or may not be covered. Any good ped. should be on call on weekends and can possibly phone in an antibiotic. Then there are humidifiers, some that can have Vicks infused in the mist to assist in breathing. There is always the old run the shower hot and close yourselves in the bathroom. Breathing in cold air works great so you two can just stand leaning into the freezer and you take a few deep nasal breaths and see if it helps. Peppermint is a natural decongestant so if you can get some oil or a moisturiser containing it or menthol/eucaliptis and put the tiniest dot under each nostril. He is too young for afrin but saline nasal spray in pump form is harmless. Only use a pump even if you have to buy an afrin and dump it out and switch it because the pump provides a metered dosage and the drops are much harder to get right, plus he won't like it and pumps are faster. Do not share the aparatis with him but you can put the afrin in the droper and use it yourself. Also many pharmacies have a nurse or physicians assistant available who can give him a cursory examination and prescribe or suggest medications. Being so young I do not know if he can take OTC decongestants, I defer to a professional. Your phonebook will list the medimerges in your area and call the major pharmacies in your area to see who offers medical evaluation. And obviously keep him in as an upright position when feeding as possible. But if he does spike a fever or you cannot get assistance today and your ped cannot get you in asap MON., ER's are the quietest and least crowded early Monday morning. If you feel your baby is in danger, do not hesitate to go to the er. They will almost never keep a newborn waiting or call an ambulance for assistance. This may sound alarmist, but I have had medical problems most of my life, luckily my 7 year old son does not, so I know how to expedite hospital services. This is why we pay taxes, use any and all access you can for the health and safety of your children. Good luck and feel better!
PS It is not recommended to allow a baby to sleep in a carseat in a crib depending upon how old the baby is and if you are watching them. A small baby may have just enough leverage to tip it backwards or sideways. I know of one case where the baby knocked the seat backwards and the inpact plus blood rushing to the head since it was lower than the body caused it to lose consciousness and get rushed to a hospital when he was discovered an hour later. The mom had the moniter on but one of the babies stuffed animals muffled the sound.
I agree, suctionhis little nose out and use the drops if you can. Also, try to get him to nurse or take a bottle as often as you can to keep everything moist and flowing. If it gets worse or if you just don't feel okay about it, call the doctor, usually they will have a nurse on call who will chat with you on the phone and can either give you advice or recommend that you go in if needed. Good Luck- poor baby!
I agree with Karla G., up there on your responses! And anybody else who said consult a doctor....especially if this is your first baby, you need some guidance. You'll learn over time what works for you and you child, and how you you prefer to go about things. But call your dr. first, you will have much more confidence. This is a nasty thing going around Central Florida, we've had it, 15 and 17 yr olds included, also people at my husband's work, same exact symptoms! Obviously very contagious too! Good luck, N.!
I would go with the advice to use saline solution. There's a brand called "little noses" that is great. Keep using the suction thingy for the nose and mucus buildup in his mouth/throat. You didn't mention if he's breastfed or bottle, but either way, let him eat slow. Babies are "nose" breathers, so it's a lot of work for him to eat. Also, there are good homeopathic remedies that disolve instantly on the tongue, safe for the little one, too. They're available at most natural foods stores, such as Chamberlin's.
EDIT: Oh, and elevate his head and if you can get a humidifier, that will help as well. Cool mist types are the best. I got one from Walgreens years ago, but I'm sure that other brands are good. Just keep it clean.
Speaking from experience as a mom and nurse, You need to call your pedi. My daughter was hospitalized for 5 days at almost 2 weeks with the same symptoms but she did have fever. Before 2 months a little cold can turn into something very serious very quickly. You can do the hot shower or the saline spray for now. But if you haven't already I would call your pedi and talk to however is on call. You should definatly not give tylenol or any other medications, he's to young!!! So I'm stronly urging you to CALL YOUR PEDI!! I hope he feels better soon.
Call your pediatrician. Any baby younger that 3 months with these symptons you should call. Don't worry about the weekend. They expect it. They knew they were not getting into a 9 to 5 job, as mine told me once. But the suggestion you have gotten are great. Saline drops, suctioning, a humidifier. I'm not sure if you can use ther plug-in or the baby Vicks at this age. Call the doctor.
Try a vaporizer in the nursery with eucalyptus oil in the well instead of the Vicks. The eucalyptus is much more soothing to mucus membranes. You'll find it right next to the Vicks for the vaporizers. There are some baby baths that you add to the water to help ease congestion as well. Don't forget the nasal bulb syringe! Just be sure to squeeze the air out of it before putting it in your little one's nose. If your'e in the Orlando area I hightly recommed the After Hours Pediatric clinics. I've had to take my 9 year old there twice for croup. They are quick and very pleasant healthcare providers. Good luck!
The same thing happened to my baby when he was about that age. And my whole family is actually sick right now with what sounds like the same simptoms as you guys. Any way, first I would call my dr to see if you can get through to the dr on call and just run it by him/her. Otherwise if you notice that your baby is struggling to breath (panting and sinking his chest in). That is time to be concerned. When they are that small RSV which has to do with their lungs can sneak up on them quick. My little guy actually developed rsv from a cold that he caught from his brothers. It happened very quickly too. Until you are able to talk to a dr you can take him into the bathroom, let the shower stream up the mirror and the whole room, sit there with him for about 15-20 min and this would help the 2 year old too. This helps break up the mucas. I would also buy a vicks cool mist humidafier if you don't already have one. Put this buy the baby all the time. Let him take his time to eat. Use saline drops in his nose then suck the snot out with a bulb right before bed this will help him sleep more comfortably. You can also take him to afterhours ped. I've had to do this and they were great. If you live in the cen fla area there is one in lake mary. Night Lite Ped. Call the dr first thing monday morning!!!
Hope this is helpful.
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No medicines! Because he is only 2 1/2 weeks old you want to use natural remedies only. Turn the shower on warm in the bathroom and let it run while you sit with him (you aren't getting in the bath, just sitting in the room while the warm steam helps break up the congestion).
Burp him more often as the vibration will also help break up any mucus. Keep cloths close because the only way for him to get the mucus out is through the top or the bottom. :)
Be patient. Because your son is so young there is no fast remedy, no medicine. Remember that as your son works through this cold he is actually building his immune system to help him fight off the nastier bugs he will come in contact with later.
I remember when my son had his first cold at a very young age, also (I was the mom calling the doctor everytime something concerned me which was often) - the best advice I can give you is to not over worry - be calm - let it take it's course - just do what you can to help make him as comfortable as possible - pay attention to his symptoms so that if they worsen you can notify the doctor.
The only thing you should use for your son is a small bulb syringe to suck the mucus out of his nose. You may also be able to use saline drops, but no cold medicine. If you get worried, don't hesitate to call your pediatrician's answering service. There should always be a doctor or nurse on call for the weekend to give you advice. I hope everyone feels better soon!
If you don't have a pediatrician, call one close to your home or one you wish to go to...........
and they have an afterhour call care system and can tell you where to go. You can't take chances with a baby so little. I would keep him sitting up in a carseat so that it is easier to breath. (Urgent care places are good too....)
I'm so sorry to hear that. My little one got sick from my husband once, and I was devastated. I know how you feel.
Sorry this is late, but I would slightly warm up some saline nasal drops and put a few drops in his nostrils. Let the drops stay there for a few seconds, then suck them out with one of those nose suckers things they give you in the hospital. Also, if you are breastfeeding, it will help, because he will get the antibodies your body is making. Also, you can try a humidifier. Those things should help get him through until you can get him to a doctor or until it clears.
Don't feel too bad though. It probably doesn't affect him as bad as it affects you. Good luck.
if he has no fever then try a warm bath to break up the congestion and when you lay him down for naps or bedtime have a humidifier that will hold vix get you some infant vix to put in the humidifier when he naps or sleeps at night. this should help with the congestion. my pediatrician recommended this when my last child had bad bouts of croup and it worked great.
My daughter got a cold from the family during the christmas holidays and was 2 months old at the time - but my sister is a pediatrician and she says that at that age you can only run a humidifier in the room and you'll have to suction the baby out with the nasal aspirator every so often. You can use the saline and put 2 drops in the nose before you suction. If you hear mucus in his throat you might have to suction from his mouth, but otherwise you'll have to suction out his nose. The best one to use is the green one that you took home from the hospital.
i'm a 50 something year old nurse/mom of two grown children. we've all been there with sick kids and our reg. pediatrician unavailable. a great thing to invest in is a cool mist vaporizer. they are harmless when used as recommended and almost always make breathing easier on little ones with colds and congestion. pharmacists are great advisers for times like this, but- asap - get some guidelines from your md for over-the-counter remedies to have on hand for these times. keep the child well hydrated, monitor temp. go to the er for any breathing difficulty you are worried about. they can get bad fast and it is better to get it checked out that to wait. god bless.