cold remedies?

Stasia - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Hi Ladies! My little 11 week old has developed a cough and a stuffy nose. He doesn't have a fever and is eating, sleeping and playing like normal. I know, since a cold is caused by a virus, the only thing I can really do is help relieve his symptoms. I'm going to buy a vaporizer today, he is sleeping on an incline, and I will start with saline water. Is there anything else I can do? Thanks

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Stephanie - posted on 01/13/2009

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My baby isn't such a baby anymore- he's 7 1/2 years old and has had a horrible cold virus for 4 days. His temp was up to 104 & he is negative for strep and/or flu. I am listening to him try to breathe now. I can't get his nose unstopped for anything! He is so restless trying to breathe- his mouth gets so dry. Blowing his nose seems to make it worse and the hot, steamy shower surprisingly didn't help. I have a Breathe Right strip for kids on him right now to see if that helps at all. Decongestants for his age aren't helping either and i hate giving him all of that medicine. I have the humidifier going with Eucalyptus and Peppermint essential oils, but it isn't helping the nasal congestion.



The Vick's chest rub is almost too strong for him- he complains that it stings. I haven't tried it on his feet with socks, though. Is that just for cough or for nasal congestion as well? Maybe if he wakes up tonight we'll try it. He's desperate for relief. Hopefully someone can give me some hints even though he's not as young as the ones in this post.



Thank you!

Alexandra - posted on 01/12/2009

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I second the vicks vaporub on the kiddies feet with socks on, it really helps settle their coughing while they sleep.

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Jo - posted on 02/02/2009

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Your doing everything you can for your baby. Keep giving the saline before a feed, buy a vaporizer they are good and  when possible go out for walks as the fresh air will help. My boy is 12 weeks and is suffering with a blocked up nose and i have been giving him made up saline(cup of warm water with tea spoon of salt) before a feed and it works wonders, put the heating off before bedtimes as central heating and cause stuffy noses and coughes.



 

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Hello, I have a 3 & 1 yr old and ur doing all that is possible!! I have found this type of Saline is best: http://www.drugstore.com/qxp38332_333181..., yet always a challenge to get in their little nose.

I give baths with Eucalytpus & Tee Tree Oil, just 4-5 drops and it helps with breathing it seems, more of a prevention but can soothe as well. Good luck, TLC is best cure :)

Verity - posted on 01/13/2009

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Try tilting cot or moses basket at the head end, aids sleep with a blocked nose and cough. Also a steamy room helps.

Jo - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi, i have a 9 week old and he has had  a stuffy nose for 2 weeks. i was adviced to use Nasosal drops which you can buy at chemists (boots). It's a clear liquid which you give one or two drops and it does break it down. Also as your baby is nearly 12 weeks you can use snuffle babe vapour rub which i put a tiny bit on my finger and let him sniff it and i have Tixylix vapour fan, which is battery operated and i put it on for an hour before he goes down and that has worked a treat( i know it's to use from 3 months but i do put it on before and turn it off when he is in the room) it's brill for all ages.



Another thing you can do to help the cold come down the nose is cotton wool pads soaked in warm water squeeze excess water away and rub the pad down sides of nose it will open the airways to nostrils allowing the baby to breath.

Lynda - posted on 01/12/2009

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They sell a chest rub I really like to use.  It is similiar to Vick's but it is safe for babies.  I think it is a line called. "Little colds."  I also make sure my babies nose is not runny before bed.  I don't like using the bulb they give you at the hospital so I got one from Amazon.com that does not go completely inside their nose.  It is awesome and you would be so surprised at all the stuff that comes out.  Using the vaporizer is a great idea, and like you said, You just have to ride it out!  Good luck!

Lynda - posted on 01/12/2009

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They sell a chest rub I really like to use.  It is similiar to Vick's but it is safe for babies.  I think it is a line called. "Little colds."  I also make sure my babies nose is not runny before bed.  I don't like using the bulb they give you at the hospital so I got one from Amazon.com that does not go completely inside their nose.  It is awesome and you would be so surprised at all the stuff that comes out.  Using the vaporizer is a great idea, and like you said, You just have to ride it out!  Good luck!

Lori - posted on 01/12/2009

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Healthlink is advising NOT to use the nasel suction!  They say people are to aggresive with them, and cause damage.  The saline drops will help the snot to come out...it makes them sneeze, so have a receiving blanket ready for that purpose.  Don't use kleenex...it makes the nose raw.  Or the saline will help them to swallow it.  Before a feeding...10 min...give them a shot.  Here is a recipt from my baby book for the solution...1/4 tsp. table salt &  4 oz of warm water.  Has to be made fresh daily, and can be used 5 or more times a day.  Store bought lasts forever, but can only be used 4-5 times max...because of the preservatives.  REMEMBER...VASELINE the nose often, to keep from getting raw.  Good luck.

Adrianne - posted on 01/12/2009

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They make vicks for babies.. the adult vicks is to strong for the little ones and may cause a rash.  Johnson and Johnson also has a vicks vapor bath that helps when my little guy has a cold. 

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Saline and vicks. That's about all. Try rubbing Vicks vapor rub on his feet and then putting his socks on over it or his foostie pj's.

Crystal - posted on 01/12/2009

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I use this saline solution that is called "Hydrasense" it comes in a bottle with a squeeze top that shoots directly up the nose.  It works for both my kids and I don't need to suction it out because it is such a fine mist.  But it seemed to always help clear their noses.  Hope this helps!!



 

Yvylyn - posted on 01/12/2009

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i personally think there isnt many medications out there for bubs that young so vicks and vapourises are great. another thing you could do is just put a few drops of peppermint oil on the corners of ur bubs pillow to help with the breathing. a tip from my mother in law... :)

Leah - posted on 01/12/2009

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the vicks works wonders another thing that my daughter uses faithfully is a humidifier it doesnt do much to clear the cold up but  it will sure keep it from coming back. also if your baby swollows too much mucus it can cause a belly ache, if that happens a normal sized bottle of distilled water with a drop of peppermint extract will put him right to sleep.

Sherry - posted on 01/11/2009

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I used a vaporizer, saline drops, and a suction to help get the mucus out. Also try keeping their head up so when sleeping so they don't have a hard time breathing. I was told by my doctor to continue the saline and suction as often as they needed it.

Mika - posted on 01/11/2009

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i GOT AVAPORIZER AND USED THE SALINE DROPS...THE DROPS REALLY HELPED BRING ALOT OF THE MUCUS UP! YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN WITH 8OZ OF WATER AND 1/4 TEASPOON OF SALT.

Jacqueline - posted on 01/11/2009

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Gentle Vapors plug ins always helps my children through a cold they are three and one.  My daughter asks for hers to be plugged in when she has a cold.  Good luck I know it is hard for us moms to have to see our baby suffer even if it is just a cold!

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2009

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Garlic is a great natural antibiotic.  I work with a company called Shaklee and they have natural products that are the best and the most effective.  Vitamin C also works well.



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