home remedies for baby's cold

Melanie - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 months old and has his first cold. I took him to the doctor but she said there is really nothing we can do for him except to let it take its course and give him some motrin. The cold seems to be gone but he is still terribly stuffy and has a hard time breathing at night.. any one know any home remedies to help the stuffiness and help him sleep better?

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Rebekah - posted on 03/26/2009

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Oh, another thing you can try is to elevate him when he sleeps.  That will help the nasal drainage.

Rebekah - posted on 03/26/2009

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Here's what I did for my son when he got his first cold, and it went away within 3 days:



- Boiled water and put eucalyptus oil in it, and while baby napped put it on his night stand to breathe it in



- Made my own chest rub, for I don't believe VICKS even the baby one is safe for menthol shouldn't be given before age 1.  But the rub was olive oil with some drops of camphor oil and lavender oil.   I warmed it up and rubbed it on my baby's chest.



- I only did saline drops in the nose on the first day of his cold because he was so stuffy and when I tried to suction it nothing came out.  So I did a couple of drops in his nose and suctioned the nose.  That was it.



Within 2 days of the chest rub, I noticed his stuffyness subsided and by the third day was pretty much back to normal.

Natalie - posted on 03/26/2009

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my sister in law was told not to use saline drops as they upset the baby more than its worth, plus i know i wouldnt like it someone putting liquid up my nose! 

Sara - posted on 03/25/2009

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The saline drops really helped relieve my son's congestion when he caught a bad cold at 2 months.  He HATED them at first & would scream a blue streak, but would calm right down after when he realized he could breathe again.  Now he doesn't get nearly as upset when I do it. 



My husband swears by the bulb syringe, but I don't really like using it.



Putting a cool mist humidifier in the room seemed to help too.

Melissa - posted on 03/25/2009

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A wedge under his mattress to prop him up and a humidifier. Also saline nose drops and then suck out his nose with a bilb syringe.

Donna - posted on 03/25/2009

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My baby doesn't like saline drops, she cries when I put them in her nose & then they dry her mouth out...

I use Vicks. Drop a blob in some very hot water & I sit in the steam with her until she can breath better...

Roxann - posted on 03/25/2009

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put olbas oil either on his sheet in his cot or drop some in some hot water and put it near the radiator in your babies room this helped my daughter oh and some good old calpol

Jaclyn - posted on 03/24/2009

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use a humidifier



prop up the head end of his mattress



use saline drops and the nose suctioner



use baby vicks rub

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