What do I do when my baby has a cold?

Chona - posted on 03/14/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter has a cold : sneezy, coughing, runny nose. She is 4 months now and was a 33 weeker. I have a humidifier in the room and keep her elevated and have been feeding her more frequently. I haven't called my pediatrician yet, I don't want to be to overly concerned every time she gets a cold. Is there anything else I can do to help her feel better?? Should I take her to the doctor?

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Danielle - posted on 03/20/2009

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My oldest was born at 30 weeks and was always getting colds! Unfortunately since there's no cold medicine available us moms need to get creative :) I did the same thing for him that I now do for my other 3 (4 kids total)... be super aggressive with the bulb sucker thing. They hate it, I know, and the screams are awful, but stick with it till you get something to come out. After that, use some of the saline solution nasal spray for babies. And finally, a tiny amount of vapor rub on the chest. My favorite kind is the greaseless cream that they have now.

Watch for fevers closely. Mine was at daycare, 20 months old, when a fever broke out that gave him a seizure. He's 7 years old now I I still panic when he gets above 100! If he gets a fever give him the smallest dose of Motrin/Tylenol that you can and pick up some of those Be Kool fever patches for kids. It looks like an Icy Hot patch for your head. You can prob cut it down to size for the little one. Works even better than the old wet washcloth on the head that our mothers used to do to us!

Hope this helps!
Danielle

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Teri - posted on 03/20/2009

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My twins were 32 weekers, they came home after 6 wks in the nicu.  They both went back to the hosp with rsv for another week each.  Don't wait, call your dr.  If he is as wonderful as ours he would rather you call so he can see that she is ok and not let it get any worse.



Good luck  ;-)



 

Susan - posted on 03/20/2009

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Saline!  If she sounds like her nose is stopped up, use saline in her nose and nose bulb her.  That with the elevation and humidifier should work given time.  If you hear anything in her chest or she seems to have difficulty breathing, take her to the dr.  My son was born at 33 weeks and has had so many chest colds that we now have a nebulizer breathing treatment for him.  The dr used to give us albuterol liquid for him, but the neb works quicker and really isn't difficult to use for him.  Good luck... it doesn't sound like she needs anything more than saline and what you're doing, but since she's a preemie, just keep the other in mind for later, just in case. 

Michelle - posted on 03/20/2009

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What type of cough is it? does it sound chesty? is she bringing up mucus?

Michelle - posted on 03/20/2009

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The doc will prescribe saline drops. Not really that much help. They can also prescribe paracetomal as she is over 2 months. It doesnt matter that she was early, she can still have the paracetomal.

Michelle - posted on 03/20/2009

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The doc will prescribe saline drops. Not really that much help. They can also prescribe paracetomal as she is over 2 months. It doesnt matter that she was early, she can still have the paracetomal.

Valerie - posted on 03/17/2009

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Please call the Dr. Your baby still has a compromised immune system from being premature and should be evaluated by a Dr to ensure that it is 'just a cold' and not an ear infection or a viral infection like RSV.

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You can take her in if it would make you feel better. I always err on the side of a doctor visit. It is just so reassuring.

One thing that works really well for my son is a steamy bathroom and good bulb suction. We turn the shower on really hot and let the bathroom fill up with steam. I bring a few toys or books in there and we sit in there for 5-10 minutes (until the goop loosens up). The we do a good bulb suction of the nose. Repeat as necessary.

Good Luck!!

Misty - posted on 03/15/2009

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My son was a 26 weeker and we have to be very cautious not to let him get a cold. I would call the doctor first thing. Trust me the doctor will understand you calling even if it is for a simple question. My son got a cold last year (runny nose) and ended up in the hospital for two nights because it got in his chest and he could not breath.



I would certainly ask the doctor before using a humidifier, the extra moisture could lead to pneumonia.



Good luck with your little one and don't be scared to be overly concerned, it's what Mommies do.

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