tis the season... How to determine if my baby has a cold.?

Jessica - posted on 12/28/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 4mth old just started coughing and today 12/28/2010 she woke up with a runny nose and her left eye keeps watering.... is this a cold with a cold in the eye. she's had little congestion here and there but never a cough runny nose or watery eyes. shes not teething so i dont no what else it could be besides a cold. also i was wondering is there anything i could give her. i thought about Motrin but she doesn't have a fever and that's more of a pain reliever.???? any suggestions i could use all i can get.

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Cassandra - posted on 12/28/2010

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It sounds like she could have a little cold. I don't know if it's wise to give any medication bc she is so young. You should always cousult your pediatrician if you have questions. When my son was around that age with congestion I took him in the bathroom, closed the door and ran a hot shower while we sat on the toilet. The steam should help his congestion and then use a bulb to suck out some of the mucus. You could also use a cool mist humidifier or baby vicks. I know it's hard to see your little one like this, but it will pass. However, if she gets worse or the cold lasts longer than a week or 2, then definitely go to the doctor.

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Jessica - posted on 12/29/2010

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Thanks ladies for the advise. i'm thinking it is a cold and not allergies. i will defiantly elevate her bed and put the cool mist humidifier on. thanks again.

Kim - posted on 12/29/2010

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It's not recommended to give an infant under 6 months old Motrin. It does sound like she is getting a little cold. You could try a humidifier in her room and if she seems stuffy elevate the head of her mattress.

Kate CP - posted on 12/28/2010

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Don't give her medication unless she needs it. If she's not in pain and she doesn't have a fever then don't give her a pain reliever or a fever reducer. It sounds like she has allergies or is getting a cold and the congestion is causing her eyes to water. If the drainage from her nose is clear, she's not running a fever, and she's feeding well and wetting her diapers I'd let it go. If she has colored drainage, a fever, not eating well, and not wetting enough diapers you should take her to the doctor.

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