My daughter has a cold this is her first help....
Sina - posted on 04/09/2009
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
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
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!
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!
Melissa - posted on 04/03/2009
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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