What is the best way to help my baby get over her cold?
Stephanie - posted on 03/29/2010
I took my daughter to Urgent Care the other night because she was so sick. They told me to give her the Childrens Zyrtec but ONLY 1ml. They do it depending on age and weight and my daughter is 7 months and 19lbs...so if you decide to do that make sure you call a pharmacist and ask what the right dosage would be. And tylenol to keep the fever down...
Sunshine - posted on 03/28/2010
A cool mist humidifier helps my daughter a lot. She has had 3 colds in the past few months and the humidifier helped a lot. Also saline nose dropps and sucking out all the boogies with a bulb. If your babus is really really stuffy go into the bathroom turn on the shower and let the steam surround you guys then suck out the boogies. Don't stay in there longer then like 5-10 minutes because of the heat. If your baby has a fever motrin has worked best for me. I used to do a tylenol then after 4 hours then motrin but I found that just motrin every 6 hours worked best for my daughters fever.
Erin - posted on 03/28/2010
We keep a cool mist humidifier in the bedroom at nap time and at bed time. We got one at Walmart for under $25.00. We also have used a product called Little Noses, which are saline drops that you drip in their nose, and it really helps loosen up crusty stuff and it works instantly like a charm. It costs under $5.00 and you can buy it anywhere. Lots of fluids, rest and love also help.
Tara - posted on 03/28/2010
The Canadian Pediatric Society advises against medications of any kind except for acetaminophen and ibuprofen until 2 years of age. That is why you cannot purchase any kind of cold medications for babies under that age in Canada. Apparently studies show that there was absolutely no benefit to babies given decongestants, but there is a link of decongestants and SIDS. Therefore, the advice we give for babies with colds is hydration (offer sips of water between feedings), saline nasal drops (to moisten and lubricate nasal passages allowing baby to evacuate mucous on their own), and Tylenol or Motrin, or Advil if baby has a fever of 38.0 or higher. A cold mist humidifier is also recommended, however keep it very clean so as not to encourage mold or bacteria growth. Also, elevating the head of her mattress is also a good idea, as it will help baby to breath a little easier. You can purchase crib wedges for about $15 that will elevate the end of your crib mattress. Good Luck!
Tracy - posted on 03/27/2010
not a lot you can give kids under 4 anymore - vaporizer, nasal saline spray - bulb suction, when my little one was sick people recommended vicks on his feet and then put their socks on - not sure if it really helped or he just reached the end of his cold -
Jamie - posted on 03/27/2010
no, I got a vicks vaporizer at walmart for I think $15. I keep it in the bedroom at night, and move it down to the living room during the day, and keep it as close to her as possible (without being in her reash, of course.) They also have the vicks vapo-steam, I put a little of that right into the water, and it kind of smells like a cough drop and has the same effect at one.
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