Newborn with cough and congestion....already!

Brandie - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




*SIGH* I have a 4 wk old baby girl with a cold! She got it from me and my other daughter. She has lots of mucous and is now coughing. I took her to see the doc monday and of course she is fine. But the cough is so scary, sometimes she coughs so much she is like gasping for air. I am using the cool mist humidifier 24/7, which does help somewhat. As for the bulb syringe for the nose, it doesn't really fit in her nostrils because she's so small and the mucous is down deeper in her throat. I just don't know when she is going to get better. Today is now 2wks of this! I am scared and frustrated! She's just too little and young to be going through this already.


Lacrisha - posted on 03/03/2013




my son is seven days old and he has been quiet and sweet.... all of the sudden tonight he began screaming and choking and coughing I got a bunch of guck out of his nose but he kept bowing his back and could not be consoled. I changed his diaper and he had been fed and burped. any advice.

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Hi Brandie. I'm currently going through the exact same thing with my newborn son. He's 9 weeks old but he's had a cold for 4 weeks now - which we both originally caught, except that I'm better now and he still suffers. My newborn has the same symptoms your daughter does - mucous deeper in the throat that I can't get to, and a scary, gagging cough. Earlier this week, he gagged in his sleep, woke up, nearly vommitted then had a short episode of convulsions. I took him to the ER and they assured me that convulsions can be a normal reflex when a baby is about to vommit. Needless to say, I'm hardly sleeping at night - I'm terrified to take my eyes off him. I have no idea what to do for him. He's been to the pediatrician 3 times now and they keep telling me it will go away in "3 to 7 days". It is scary, I agree... they are both too young to have colds already. I'm sorry I have no helpful words for you - just support that you're not alone in your situation, I guess. I hope your little one is better soon. Take care!

Marabeth - posted on 07/24/2009




mine was sick around that age and it REALLY helped when i sucked the mucous out of her nose with my mouth and spat it out. the aspirator seemed really invasive and i thought it might irritate her nasal passages if i used it during the duration of her cold. it sounds weird but as a mom youll probably pretty much do anything to hear your baby breathe without problems.

Sara - posted on 07/24/2009




Have you tried sitting in the bathroom while running the shower on really hot water? The steam may help to loosen some of the phelm and you'll lose some weight by sitting in there too! :) Try feeding her while the steam is going, that way she'll breath deeply. They also sell soap for baby's with colds that have eucalyptus in them, that may help a little. Hang in there, she'll get better!

Brandie - posted on 07/25/2009




THANKS for the advice and support everyone! It IS nice to know that I am not the only mother going through this at such a young age for a newborn. She seems to be breathing better now, she mainly has an awful cough throughout the day. I can tell she's getting better, but it just takes time. Thanks again for all the advice and support. It's SO HARD when our children are sick with just the simple cold/flu. Actually there's nothing simple about it.

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Vicky - posted on 03/03/2013




i would prop the bed up so not lying flat also try salt water up the nostrils apparently the midwives dont suck babies out anymore after delivery so they would have alot of stuff down on lungs and give pamol if got a fever

Lynlee - posted on 07/24/2009




Our son caught a cold as soon as he was born from my husband so he has issues feeding etc. We found saline drops cleared his nose before a feed and bed. Also propping up the cot so his head was higher than his feet helped with congestion. You could Pamol too if baby has a sore throat and fever etc.

Britt - posted on 07/24/2009




if she is haveing a hard time breathing or has a fever keep taking her in my son was doing it too but they had a hard time telling what it was till he was really sick. but if it is just a cough give the dr.s treatments time to work other wise if u are worried keep taking her in or even get a second dr to look at er

Gutierrez - posted on 07/24/2009




Sorry to hear that. My baby boy also got a cold when he was that age, it lasted for 5 weeks! It was horrible. I read that you can use breast milk as a saline solution for their noses. Just use a dropper to put some breast milk in the nose, then use the bulb syringe to suck it out. They sell bulb syringes with smaller openings. My friend also told me to put your finger over the nostril that you aren't suctioning. Hope this helps. Hang in there. It'll get better. And your baby is strenghting her immune system. Hopefully she won't catch as many colds going forward. =)

Rebecca - posted on 07/24/2009




It's horrible when they are sick at any age, but especially so little!! My third is now 15 weeks, but she had her first cold at the same age as your little one. I found a new product called "Flo" worked well - it is just a "Fess" equivalent, but a spray rather than drops and gentle enough to use in a baby's nose (rather than a more powerful adult spray). I found my bubby fed much better if I fed her 5-10 minutes after using the spray. She then settled better after feeding better...

Having gone on so long though I'd be going back to your Dr. Might not be a problem still - their immune systems are so immature at that age it takes a while to fight things. But probably worth checking again. Are you breastfeeding? If you are that will be helping her too...

Good luck!

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