My daughter has a cold this is her first help....

User - posted on 04/03/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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She was born august 15th 2008 so she is almost 8 months any ideas she wakes up coughing and cant really breathe that well any ideas how i can try to relieve any of this.....

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Sina - posted on 04/09/2009

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Things that I found really helpful with Lyla's colds:

- slightly elevating the head side of her mattress (using towels)

- vicks baby vapor rub on the chest and neck was great for clearing the nose

- putting a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth and placing it near the cot (got this tip from another mother, and it worked a treat)

- running a hot shower and then putting baby in the steamy bathroom for a few seconds. this was especially helpful in the mornings when her nose was all blocked up from her night sleep.

- saline solution in the nose now and then



All the best...you will be a pro in no time!

SteveandAmanda - posted on 04/08/2009

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my daughter was born on the 10th and she had her first cold when she was two weeks old...and has many since because of her older siblings beign in school. just make your little one comforatable thats all you can do which requires alot of holding and rocking. the cool mist humidifier helps along with elevating the head of the mattress, and when you take a shower let baby breath the warm mist that helps. saline drops and bulb sucking the airways, vicks makes baby rub that works too the regular vicks is too strong for babies and can irritate their airways causing more problems. hang in there it will get better it just takes time.

Kimberly - posted on 04/07/2009

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Alex's first cold was a nightmare too! It just hung on and on! I hope your little one gets better soon! I used a cool mist humidifier and Vicks makes these fabulous plug ins that create a vapor throughout the room. Plus it's a nightlight which was great when I felt I was checking on him every 10 minutes! It really helped him sleep all night!

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First of many...!!! If his nose is blocked you could try putting breast milk up his nose. It sound awful but it works! Express some and put it in a syridng and squirt it up his nose, he'll cough and splutter but it will clear his airways. If your not breastfeeding you can buy saline from the chemist. Good luck and use those soft tissues!

Angi - posted on 04/05/2009

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Someone suggested to me using a baby rub (like Vick's but there's a brand for babies).  Rub it on the bottom of their feet and put socks on if they aren't wearing footie pajamas and cover them up.  It really works.

Kelly - posted on 04/04/2009

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My son was born 29th 2008 he had a bad cold when he was 4months. I used vapor rub on him. I put it all over his neck and chest it helped alot. I tried carvol drops to put on his mattress but it didn't help at all.

Chelsea - posted on 04/03/2009

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Everything Melissa said plus using a cool mist humidifier! My little girl had a cold when she was 5 mos. and it only took us 3 days to get rid of it

Melissa - posted on 04/03/2009

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hi!  My son was also born on the 15th!  He's just getting over his first cold.  All I could do was to keep sucking his nose out when it was runny.  It's also good to get the bathroom steamy from the shower and sit in it for a little while- it can loosen up all the mucus.  I used a positioner that was elevated so that he was slightly upright at night.  If you don't have one, you can elevate the head of the mattress by putting a pillow or two under it.  I just had to get up a lot and rock and comfort him because it was very hard for him to breathe.  He's still coughing and it wakes him up, but I just go in there and rock him back to sleep.  It's probably a bad habit, but oh well.  :-)

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