My 7 week old has a cold. I am using the saline and bulb aspirator...any other ideas to make him more comfortable?

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My daughter (now 3) had colds frequently when she was that age. I always found with her that it wasn't about keeping her warm or holding her alot, but keeping her healthy. Lots of cleaning and extra diaper changes (changing every few hours even if they haven't gone). Also, walks outside for fresh air. That seemed to bring them down a lot.

Aida - posted on 03/06/2009

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humidifier works well, but I also use a rice cooker or slow cooker full of water in her room. it makes the room warm and moist and breathing is easier.

also rn a hot water shower and make your bathroom like a saunaand keep her in ther as long as you can take it. babies love the sound of water, and teh most air helps them breath eaiser and loosen their mucus and you can use the saling and bulb to get a lot of mucus out.

Mallory - posted on 03/05/2009

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Vapor rub works, tilting the crib up a little bit, definately keeping his nose clear and clean. If his nose gets really dry take a q-tip and vaseline, and also a humidifier. Oh and Jonhson's makes a bubble bath with menthol in it. When you take a shower put the baby in a bouncy chair in the bathroom and steam up the bathroom.

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Melissa - posted on 03/06/2009

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I am a firm believer in Vicks both baby and adults, (my husband says if applied in the right way it can cure Aids...). For babies like others have said before putting adult vicks on their feet and baby vicks on their chest... they say its not for under 6 months old but really the people who put those warnings on haven't had sick babies!! (just like the MAN who invented the bra!) Eucalyptus & Menthol oils - either burning in an oil burner or if you can find some at the herbal store that you can put into the bath water so they can breathe it in while relaxing in the bath?

Cheyenne - posted on 03/05/2009

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my five month old daughter has had a couple doooosies this winter and i put vics vapo rub onthe bottoms of her feet then put socks on and it seems to help alot.

Michelle - posted on 03/05/2009

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My father in law swears by putting olive oil on the 'mole'. he means the soft spot on the head. it apparently draws out the cold. As much as i believe him and his take on nature, i Havent tried it, She just had too much hair!

Angela - posted on 03/05/2009

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when my son had a cold i called the doctor and they told me to use a cold mist humidifier, use the bulb, saline drops, you can also raise the head of their bed.  i guess the doctor's really can't do anything unless you know it gets really bad, you can use your judgement.  i would always check to see if they have a temp..  i also heard DON'T give vick's vapor rub.

Michelle - posted on 03/05/2009

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Use children' albas oil, its not as potent as vicks. Drop a few in the humidifier or place some on a musin and tie it to the cot so that it is not draping down near the face. Raise the head a little by using a wedge pillow as recommended, I just used a normal pillow under the matteress. DD still has it like this and shes 1! 

Tina - posted on 03/05/2009

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I was using the saline, also, but i noticed it said that you can use it 3x aday, so instead i use water.I use the dropper from the saline and put a drop in his nose, it seems it works better then the saline, cause the saline dry's out everything.

Michelle - posted on 03/04/2009

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I used a warm mist vaporizer. I also sat with my little one in the bathroom with the shower running hot water to steam up the room. This worked for my daughter when she was congested.

Kathi - posted on 03/03/2009

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I skimmed so if these were already mentioned, I apologize ...



- Put a pillow underneath the mattress when baby is sleeping so the mucas/congestion doesn't settle.



- Little Colds chest rub

Sarah - posted on 03/03/2009

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I always put vicks on the bottom of my kids feet, then put socks on them. It really does work, I have no idea why either. I also use cool mist humidifiers year round in both of their rooms. I started this when my 14 month old had a cold as an infant, and he hasn't had a runny or stopped up nose since. saline and bulb syringe, but let the saline drain for about a minute, then elevate their head to use the bulb thingy. I have heard that milk makes it worse, b/c of the mucus, I don't know if that is the same for milk-based formula, though. I had a friend that used to turn the shower on and get the bathroom steamy, then breastfeed her baby when she was sick.

Ebony - posted on 03/03/2009

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i have a humidifier and a vicks vaporizer that seems to help my daughter sleep at night and she is 8 mons

Blake - posted on 03/03/2009

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have you heard of putting Vicks on the bottoms of their feet? Does this work?

Emilie - posted on 03/03/2009

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my little girl is 2 months...one thing you can do is take a little bit of vicks and put it on there clothes so they can also breath better... thats what my doctor said and it helps them alot if they got a bit of a breathing promblem

Sara - posted on 03/03/2009

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Use a cool mist humidifier and I put a folded up towel under one side of the mattress in her crib to give her a slight incline to help the drainage. Also, you can let him sleep in his carseat or swing if he's really congested. We had to do that a couple of nights because she was so stuffy. Good luck!

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I have a 6 month old and the cool mist humidifer works really great for him. Also, try to keep the house a little cooler than usual so your heater isn't running too often,esp if its gas. Its alot harder for them to breathe warm than cool.

Amy - posted on 03/03/2009

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i usually steam up the bathroom a few times a day and stand in there with her when she has a cold.  Also,elevate his head when she is laying down and use a vaporizor in the room he sleeps in. 

Elizabeth - posted on 03/03/2009

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I use the Reli On warm mist vaporizer that comes with the container on the top to put the inhalant like Vicks to help out. I amso sit him in the bathroom with me when I shower in his swing or carseat and the steam seems to help then too.

Annalia - posted on 03/03/2009

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You may want to try using a cool mist humidifier in his room when he sleeps.  If he's running a fever you can give him Infant's Tylenol.  Aside from what you are already doing there isn't much else you can do for him since he is so young.   

Elizabeth - posted on 03/03/2009

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My 3 month old has been fighting a cold since I brought him home from the hospital. We are also using the saline drops but the humidifier seems to work a little more than the drops. My doc seems to think that it will go away on its own but like I said we have been fighting this for 3 months, keep your head up it will get better!

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