Never ending COLD. Suggestions?

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2012 ( 162 moms have responded )

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I need some help with this one... my twin 10 month old girls have had a cold for about 6 weeks now.. runny nose... slight cough..really clingy. I can tell they aren't feeling well. We took them to the doctor last week and she said there was nothing really wrong. No ear infection, no fever, and nothing is in their chests. She said there is nothing that she can really give them as far as medication. I am just supposed to make them comfortable until it passes. I have done EVERYTHING it seems. I put a humidifier in their room, used vicks, I am giving them plenty of fluids but NOTHING seems to help. It is making me crazy that they have been sick for this long. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do?? I hate seeing my sweet babies miserable.

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Kathleen - posted on 01/06/2012

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We went through a similar thing here, with two girls who shared a room. We stripped the beds, washed all the toys, and then washed the beds ad the walls with a bleach solution. Then the room aired out for a couple of hours to let things dry and put the room back together. That was the last round of pass the bug , or allergy reaction, that they had that winter. I don't know if it would help you, but it may be worth a try.

Chrystal - posted on 01/06/2012

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I still bundle them up and take them outside for like 10 minutes when they are sick just not around people or enclosed spaces where the germs tend to be the highest. It's not really about making them heal faster but boosting their mood. We've had a really mild winter here so we played in the backyard for 20 minutes yesterday and they seemed to feel better during and after but it would depend on how cold it is where you are as to if it's safe.
True the stuff gets germs on it again after you wash it. But I don't do it to make everything 100% germ free just to reduce the numbers a little so they have less they might pick up and have to fight when they are already sick. It's like they say wash your hands often and don't touch your face to help keep from getting sick I can't tell kids this age to do those things so I figure trying to keep what they do touch and stick in their mouth a little cleaner is the best I can hope for in fighting off germs. I only do it everyday when they are sick otherwise I do it once a week and more because they are in the sticky phase of childhood and some how they get gunk on everything. It doesn't take me that long to clean the toys I put everything I can in water in the sink with a bit of bleach and just let them soak 10 minutes then fill it again with fresh water and the rest I put in the dryer for 10 min. They have a few that I have to do by hand but I tend to when they aren't looking clean them and put them away till after they get better so for me it's about 15-20 minutes of work.

Bonnie - posted on 01/06/2012

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I have heard that fresh air is good, but at the same time I don't know if it would really help. They are coming back to being around the germs.

I have also been told to try cleaning their toys more often, but it just seems so time consuming and within an hour more germs are on them again, I don't know.

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2012

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Chrystal- Thanks for the advice! I keep my house really clean.. however I don't really clean their toys that much so I will start doing that. They aren't really picky eaters either so I will try more foods with vitamin C (seems like common sense, I don't know why I never thought of that. ) Also...fresh air? Do you think I should take them on walks even when it is cold outside? I wanted to but was kind of conflicted.

Bonnie - posted on 01/06/2012

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My kids are 3 and 5 and they have been passing bugs back and forth to eachother for the past 6 weeks or so. One will be better for maybe a week and then start again and they don't share a room together. They will be by the spring though. I don't think that really has anything to do with it though. If they spend all their time together during the day and play with the same toys, it is bound to happen.

When they are trying to get over one bug and then they are out, let's say shopping, it so easy for them to pick up something on top of what they already have.

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2012

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They are my only children so no siblings. I have suffered from allergies all my life so maybe I passed it on? Also, isn't this an odd time to be suffering from allergies? This is the normal cold and flu season right? My allergies don't flare up until spring and fall time.

Chrystal - posted on 01/06/2012

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For me when my kids (18 months and 6 months) get sick I focus on 3 things, building their immune system, removing germs, and comforting them. I build the immune system by giving them foods with lots of vitamins especially things like apple sauce, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, and broccoli. I was lucky to not get picky eaters if your girls are than maybe a vitamin drink or supplement would go over better you can ask the doctor which kind would be best. I work on removing the germs by cleaning everything they come in contact with every day especially toys while they are sick it's a lot of work but I find it helps them heal a bit faster and helps keep the rest of the house from getting sick. As far as comforting basically I just do anything I think might make them feel better baths, fresh air, cuddles, a video, they like it when I sing so I do that a lot too. It's a lot of work when two are sick at once but really the only thing you can do is keep reminding yourself they don't feel good and soon they will feel better or at least fall asleep for a little bit so you gotta keep going and do the best you can. Mine are both sick right now too so you're not alone in wishing you could just make them feel better.

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2012

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Sounds like allergies to me. You may want to ask your doctor to try them on allergy meds and see if that helps.

Are they exposed to other people who may be bringing in something? older siblings in school? My youngest had colds all the time because she would catch everything her sibs brought home, now, though, I guess she has had everything, cause she never gets sick!

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2012

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That's the thing they havent showed signs of feeling better at all...neither one of them. They sleep in seperate cribs anyway, and their pediatrians says it is next to impossible to keep twins from giving each other illnesses just because they are always together and share so much...ugh. :-(

Stephanie - posted on 01/06/2012

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not really knowing much about that I would say since they are twins they are probably passing it back and forth. have you tried when one of them is feeling better to have them sleep apart to see if you can get them better. then hopefully they will not be passing it back and forth...

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