8 month old has his 1st cold - what to do??

Bec - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Little monkey has his first cold and as he is 'my' first I'm unsure of what to do to make him feel more comfortable/better. Any ideas as to what is best for my 8 month old's cold? (no fever just runny nose and whatever else it is I cant see!)

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Ruthann - posted on 05/06/2013

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my baby 8 months has a running nose and cough.also each time I feed her she does her potty. I am worried coz she is not putting wight she is 7 kg as the doctor says she should be 9kg...can I get any help

Justine - posted on 08/26/2009

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my baby gots sick a lot. He got his first cold when he was 4 months old .. i think the best way to make them feel comfortable is using a nose sucker to get out those boogies and i would give my baby warm baths. Also, because they are so little you cant use vics nore rub so i used humidifier and put vics vapor in it that helped a lot when he would go to sleep.. and if you run HOT and let the bathroom steam up just sit in there with your baby till it clears up. Make sure tho you take him to the doctor tho there is meds he can be put on.. and just to make sure he doesnt have an ear infection my son get them everytime he got a cold .. And i would really recomend taking him to the doctor because i thought i would just ride it out but he only got worse and i had to take him to the hospital .. good luck and i hope your little man gets better quick!

Christie - posted on 08/26/2009

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To clean out their nose put a drop of saline water in each nostril and suction it out. Sit in a steamy bathroom with them for 10 minutes and then take them right out into the cool night air or open the freezer for 5 or 10 minutes. The doc said this was good for chest congestion. Humidifier helps. We read putting the mentholated cream on the bottoms of their feet and then putting on socks helps with coughing so we tried it and oddly enough it helped.

Melissa - posted on 08/26/2009

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Having an 8 month old with a cold totally sucks but you will get through it. A humidifier can help especially if you have central air and heat. Make sure you have a cool mist one - Vicks makes a pretty good one you can get at babies r us. I found sleeping them at a 45 degree angle helped with drainage of fluids. You could try propping up the crib mattress but sometimes baby rolls down anyway. I slept them in their car seats on the worst nights. Giving a bath with soothing vapor baby wash can also help. Push fluids. Using a snot sucker (bulb thing) before feedings and bed help although my kids got hysterical with the snot sucker - it needed to be done. If you can't do it, make your hubby do it. Thats what I did. Good luck, you and baby will get through it.

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Mikkii - posted on 08/26/2009

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Quoting Christie:

  We read putting the mentholated cream on the bottoms of their feet and then putting on socks helps with coughing so we tried it and oddly enough it helped.


Oh wow really? Gee...does that help for adults too I wonder? :)

Mikkii - posted on 08/26/2009

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my baby just went to the doc day before yesterday for his first cold. his doctor prescribed eda-hist for him. I also sit with him in a steamy bathroom a few times a day to help with his congestion and stuffy nose. He loves to sit in the bathroom and play :)
If he has a lot of trouble with snot when he's lying down, you might try putting something under his mattress (or wherever he sleeps) so that he is slightly elevated. That helps with the congestion too.

Candice - posted on 08/26/2009

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oh, you can also try saline nasal spray to help clear out the passages too.

Candice - posted on 08/26/2009

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you CAN give benadryl allergy (which is the same antihistamine that's in cold meds) and you can give tempra or advil for your 8 month old's cold. i also used to sit with her in the bathroom for 15 minutes with a hot shower running, then use the nasal bulb to clear out some of the congestion. unfortunately, not much you can do for a cough..although a cough caused by post nasal drip will be helped by the benadryl since it dries up the mucous.



and you can give lots of cuddles. :)

Roxanne - posted on 08/26/2009

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Do get a humidifier, but make sure it is a cool mist one. Baby may get a a bad heat rash. I learned the hard way. I suirt salenex drops up my little one's nose when it is stuffed up. Also try to keep him upright as much as possible to help his nose drain.

Jolene - posted on 08/26/2009

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Humidifier's work great to get some of the congestion out. Also just try and keep your little ones nose suctioned out. And give lots of fluids. Other than that I think it is just something that needs to run its course, there are really no meds that you can give babies for the symptoms of a cold. It is so hard to see them sick, Hopefully your 8 month old's cold will pass soon. Good luck

Candice - posted on 08/26/2009

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you CAN give benadryl allergy (which is the same antihistamine that's in cold meds) and you can give tempra or advil for your 8 month old's cold. i also used to sit with her in the bathroom for 15 minutes with a hot shower running, then use the nasal bulb to clear out some of the congestion. unfortunately, not much you can do for a cough..although a cough caused by post nasal drip will be helped by the benadryl since it dries up the mucous.



and you can give lots of cuddles. :)

Jolene - posted on 08/26/2009

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Humidifier's work great to get some of the congestion out. Also just try and keep your little ones nose suctioned out. And give lots of fluids. Other than that I think it is just something that needs to run its course, there are really no meds that you can give babies for the symptoms of a cold. It is so hard to see them sick, Hopefully your 8 month old's cold will pass soon. Good luck

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