What can I do for my 2 month/3week old son if he catches a cold?

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Crystal - posted on 01/18/2009

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This is what I do, as my son had a cold for about two months.
Warm humidifier if it is just a runny nose
cold humidifier if it is a cough also
saline nose rinse and suction
have him sleep at an angle

Those are all things that his pediatrician told me to do, and it has helped.

Trish - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hello, there is an over-the counter decongestant you can buy called camphorated oil, do not put it directly on your baby, instead add about 1 tbsp into boiling water and it acts as a vaporizor.  I used this exact oil when my oldest was 3 months and it really helped, it is also not very expensive, good luck.

Gina - posted on 01/17/2009

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Just keep him as clear and drained as possible.his nose staying stuffed up can cause ear infections. I used to put him in his carseat with his blanket to help with breathing so he was not laying so flat, for a short time here and there when he was next to me

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Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2009

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One more thing  - stick a rolled up blanket under the bassinette mattress where you would lay your baby's head, and that will elevate the head as another mom previously posted. It's just an easy way to get that elevation. Works great if you have those wedges that keep the baby on his back to sleep.

Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2009

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What I was told was defiantely no decongestants they do more harm than good. I used the Sudifed plug in's that plug right into the socket - it fills the room with the vapors and seemed to help my son sleep better. They are so pitiful when they have stuffy noses.

Mari - posted on 01/17/2009

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Well you want to make sure that during a cold your baby is eating and drinking well, if not then they can become quickly dehydrated, always clean their nose out with the nasal aspirator before they drink their milk, saline nasal drops help to loose the mucus so that you can use the nasal aspirator and suck the mucus out, and definitely a cool mist humidifier in the room helps alot, also when they are sleeping make sure they are elevated helps them sleep longer. If you do notice that the cough is accompanied by wheezin and you notice your baby is working harder to breathe you may want to call your pcp or go to the emergency room. my son had rsv and we though it was a typical cold, but he got sick very quickly and its a real pain.. because they are little the mucus builds up in their luns causing so much congestion that their oxygen level can drop drastically.

Dawna - posted on 01/17/2009

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My 17 month old son has had terrible allergies since he was around 8 weeks old...We are getting ready to put tubes in his ears due to the drainage causing ear infections, however the best things that works for us is: humidifer at night, saline drops and suction the drainage as much as possible and elevate the head of the bed or let them sleep in the car seat.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2009

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Not a lot...my little one had a terrible cold and cough when he was 6 weeks old....calpol...but check with gp or pharmacist first, saline nose drops and lots of cuddles! Also prop up the mattress with towels or blankets this will help to ease breathing if you aren't comfortable doing this with a very small baby as i wasn't you can put them in to their bouncing cradle or pushchair and adjust it so they are propped up at an angle this helps the "snot" run out rather than back down the throat!

Hope this helps x

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Are you breastfeeding?  That by itself is the best way to help your baby get over an illness! :)  Also, you can collect a bit of breastmilk, put it in a medicine syringe, and gently drip it into your little guy's nose.  It will clear out the nasal passages so he can breathe, and it will keep his little nose moist inside.  Breastmilk also has anti-bacterial properties that will keep the germs from taking up residence.  If you aren't breastfeeding, or if you can't pump any milk for this, saline nasal spray (non-medicated) will help, too.

Lori - posted on 01/17/2009

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I agree with the previous post that suggested a humidifier.  If you don't want to mess with that, I switched to the plug-in type Pedia Sure "vaporizer" so that you have the gentle scent of eucalyptus in the room but not the mess of the water humidifier.  Or, even better, you could do both.  Also, make sure you have the nasal aspirator, or "nose sucker" as we call it in my house, so that you can help keep the nasal passages clear.  If the coughing is really bad at night, I've even spent some time in the bathroom sitting with the baby, letting the shower run on hot so that the steam fills the room.  At times, especially with croup, that's the only way to quiet the cough and let the baby get some sleep.  Babies that age sound even worse than they usually are, so I know it can be very unnerving!

Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2009

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Not much! At least that is what our pediatrician told us. My son had a really bad stuffy nose for quite a while, and a bit of a cough. There wasn't any fever involved. We put a humidifier in his room, and that really did the trick. We set it each night and it ran on and off throughout the night. We did it every night for a while, then every other, and then stopped it all together. The only thing is you really have to make sure the humidifier is cleaned out, or it can collect bacteria and gross stuff. It's a pain (ours you had to empty everyday and make sure it was dry, then once a week soak parts in white vinegar) but it really did the trick! Good luck:-) Jen

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