my son has a cold/flu, he is 10weeks old, what can i do to help him?

Bec - posted on 12/26/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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doctors wont prescribe anything, i have been putting vicks and vaseline on him, and letting him breathe in asmol from the ventilator machine....

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Veronica - posted on 12/27/2009

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added note: when you put the baby vics on his/her feet, don't put vaseline on first this is lessening the effect of it.

Amber Lynne - posted on 12/26/2009

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try the little noses saline nose spray & use the aspirator to make suck it back out-they hate it, but it does seem to help. Also try a cool mist humidifier along with the vicks.
Not a whole lot you can do at such a young age.

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Samantha - posted on 12/29/2009

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You can also try to turn on the shower really hot and let the steam build up then go and sit in the bath room with the baby, it will help some.

Sandra - posted on 12/27/2009

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you might think its a cold or flu.......................babies at that age have a lot of build up muchus, get a nose pump and get that stuff out of him, i bet he breath then. tylenol drop is a must have and give him., but get that muchus out of him. after the nose pump, then in your room with a vaprizor, put the vicks on the baby and in the vaporizor

Veronica - posted on 12/27/2009

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Where are you putting the baby vicks? When my son was that small and even now (he's 2) I've always been told to put it on the soles of his feet with some socks. The vapors can be too strong for little ones if you put it on their chests or backs. Other than that all I can say is what everyone else has, put a cool mist vaporizor in the bed room at night. Start it about an hour before the baby goes down so the vapors start to get into the air. As far as the nasal drops, I wasn't aware that you could use them on small infants. I have also found that the Johnson's vapor bath works great too. I even use it when I am congested. Just remember you should only use tylenol or motrin if the baby has a fever. Also did the doc give you the asmol? Those things should not be used on infants unless directed and followed by a doc.

Nicole - posted on 12/27/2009

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then try some infant tylenol it doesn't need a perscription you can buy it at cvs or walgreens and walmart.

Carmen - posted on 12/27/2009

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Yes, take a break from the hot and cold,now with all that yr doing let it run its course. May he and you feel better and keep us updated..

Ashley - posted on 12/26/2009

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yes definitly make sure he doenst have the rsv. when my son was born he had a infection in his lungs so he always breathes fast. and my son's pediatrician had given us that infant tylonel its a pain and fever reducer it worked wonders. and it will help to keep the vicks and humidifier just in case. also make sure that the baby isnt constatly going from hot to cold that will make them seem like they have a cold to.

Angela - posted on 12/26/2009

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I recently went through the same thing with my 6mo old daughter. All the doctor could recomend was the Baby Vicks, humidifier, etc. I agree completely that all of that just isn't enough when your tiny little child is ill! I looked for like an hour in Shopper's Drug Mart and finally found an herbal/homeopathic medicine called "Coryzalia". It's for babies 1 month and up. It has no contradictions which means it's safe to use with meds like Tylenol. It's certainly no miracle drug, but it did help enough for my daughter to eat and sleep a little more. Also, my doctor suggested using both baby Tylenol and baby Motrin. The Motrin works for 8hrs and the Tylenol only 4hrs. By using both she wasn't getting a lot of any one drug. I hope your little one is feeling better VERY soon so you can both get some sleep!

Joan - posted on 12/26/2009

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hi

make sure you run a cool mist vaporizer. the warm air will cause mucous membranes to swell and can make breathing more difficult. a vaporizer with a humistat is best it will shut off when the room reaches optimal moistness. cold air is good for the cough it causes spasms and causes the baby to cough and work out mucous.

good luck

Jennifer - posted on 12/26/2009

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Do you have a cold air vaporizer in his room? When my son is sick or in the winter I run it every night and I also prop his bed so his chest is elevated. If this dosnt work he could be having early signs of seasonal allergy you could have him be seen by an allergy doc

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all the ladies here covered it for me lol.. i hope you're little one feels a whole lot better soon and lets you sleep! God Bless you

Stephani - posted on 12/26/2009

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shut your shower cutain and turn your shower on as hot as it can hold him or sit him in his bouncer in the bathroom and let him breathe in the moist air it is the best thing in the world for him and completely natural no medicine needed worked wonders for mine when they were babies.

Bec - posted on 12/26/2009

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yeah i use baby vicks but it smells strong so i put vaseline on first and i have him higher with a pillow half under him to help him breathe n i have been doing hes nose regularly and bedtime bath is what i use, but none of that seems to be helping and the doctor/chemist wont give a child under 2yrs anything :(

Nicole - posted on 12/26/2009

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Buy a humidifier, and infant tylenol and try that after a warm bath and rub him down with lotion that will help him sleep. buy the bedtime bath soap and lotion. and use those.

Catherine - posted on 12/26/2009

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i shouldnt use baby vick because it has dangerous side effect. my son doctor recommend to use mentholatum onitment that is safer i use it on my son when he is sick.

Ryan - posted on 12/26/2009

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If your son starts to get a wheeze in his chest while coughing or breathing i would go back to the doc immediately or if during his coughing fits if you see his chest cave in. My son has had bronchitis twice now and it is so scary when it is at its worse. best of luck to you

Diana - posted on 12/26/2009

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i say get a vicks vaporizer...tylenol for infants and keep him warm also i recommend lavender baby wash since it does put them to sleep and im not a doctor but water at least 2-3 oz should be good

Ryan - posted on 12/26/2009

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The baby Vick's, Humidifier and elivate the baby's head, i also aspirate the nose in the morning and after every nap followed by saline drops to help with the congestion and post nasal drip. Its alot of work but it really helps the small fry out

Carmen - posted on 12/26/2009

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Tricky this is..keep him dressed comfortable ..high t-shirt to his chest..put a bit of vinegar in ventilator to clean the air..an onion in every room unpeeled in a bowl to take in the toxins..it works ..keep til it looks dry or you grow scallions..lol..warm washcloth to face and nose area it relieves mucus and lots of hugs and kisses..too young for many meds but I thought maybe pediacure was allowed..

Karissa - posted on 12/26/2009

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Talk to your doctor because he is so young, I'd ask about the vicks too. It does help but i think he has to be older for you to use it on him I'm not posative though, so check with the DR. Proping them up at night helps too, or let him sleep in a swing or bouncey chair.

Carla - posted on 12/26/2009

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lots of saline drops for his nose! it works wonders...put about 3 drops let it stay in there for about 2 min then suction it all out! that was the advice my doctor gave me when my 2 wk old had bronchitis. and a humidifier...if his breathing is really that bad ask a doctor about gettin a breathing machine....and just remember the more milk/formula/breastmilk he gets @ night and b4 bedtime he worse his coughing will be at night bc it makes his mucus thicker...GOOD LUCK!!!

Chewming - posted on 12/26/2009

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Do not let him lie straight on bed, you can support him with a higher pillow so he can breathe better. If u r bfeeding, continue to nurse frequently as u may hav the antibodies to help him fight the flu.

Karrie - posted on 12/26/2009

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please make sure that he doesn't have rsv. it is a respitory virus and starts as a cold. my youngest is 12 now and had it at 6 weeks. we went to the doc in the morning was diagnosed with a cold and he was hospitalized the next day because he started wheezing. but vicks vapor bath works very well.

Chanelle - posted on 12/26/2009

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I agree with the baby vick and humidifier. Also you can try to put some menthol in the humidifier. Ask you pediatrition for some natural remedies also try the Web.

Kirsty - posted on 12/26/2009

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I would see a pharmisist, they maybe able to give you something. In Australia you can use Dimetapp to relieve the symptoms but only when it is extremely bad.
If your child has a temperature, I would go to the hospital.
Take care, and trust your insticts. If you feel that something isnt right, go to the hospital babies can deteriorate very quickly.

Jessica - posted on 12/26/2009

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Baby Vicks, Little Noses saline drops and a humidifier is really all you can do for them when they are that small. I hope he feels better!

Krista - posted on 12/26/2009

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Baby vicks? Because the other one can burn a child's skin. Also, there's not much that you can do. Keep a humidifier in the room for the congestion and suction his nose with a nasal aspirator as often as you can.

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