My baby is sick and can't breath out of her nose because it's stuffy

Senita - posted on 09/19/2010 ( 105 moms have responded )

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my 5 in a half month old is sick. Shes coughing alittle bit and she has a stuffy nose. What can i give her. She wakes up do to her not being able to breath through her nose.

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Use Honey. When my son was sick I wasn't sure what to do. All the medicine bottles were for older children and said to consult a doctor. After talking with my grandmother I tried her method. Add a tbsp of honey to her drinks. I didn't think it would work, it's just honey. To my surprise, my child was feeling better within two days. I didn't have to medicate her and was able to save money. I was a very happy mom.

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2010

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(my opinion but food for thought). i used vic's baby rub on the back and feet but never on the chest where they can touch and put fingers into there mouth. humidifier and pillow under the mattress. made sure they have plenty of fluids that they are drinking at the time (breast or bottle) and lots of time and patients. saline for the nose i'm sure works great i never used it.

Kayla - posted on 09/24/2010

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My daughter has a cold right now too. I run a cold mist humidifier, a vicks nighlight , the vicks babyrub, I use saline drops and then clear it out with a nasal aspirator, and boogie wipes to help clear up the dried snot (it's soft and prevents that area from being irritated from being cleaned with tissue all the time), and I run the shower for a few minutes with the bathroom door closed, the steam helps clear up the congestion. I tried propping up her crib mattress with a pillow underneath it but my daughter moves around too much so I let her sleep in her swing or car seat because it's more elevated and holds her in place.

Brittney - posted on 09/24/2010

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we put baby vicks on our daughters feet then put socks on...it seems to clear her up so she can breath and then at night we give her tylenol or motrin to help with symptoms.

Jenise - posted on 09/24/2010

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Hello Senita, I know you will hat to hear this thise because I hated to do it. But the little tummy saline drops really work. You have to squirt the drops into your babys nose and use the suction to clear the nasal passages. Yuck is what your thinking but I guarantee you will see the difference.

Meagan - posted on 09/24/2010

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thats EXCATALLY what my 51/2 mth old just went through,we had nice warm baths,and showers ,ran the shower hot and sat in the bathroom(steemroom)bought the vapour bath for sick babes(Johnson's),the snot sucker kinnda worked to, and this sounds bad BUT with EXTREME CAUTION!! i used Qtips to get snot out,it was hard thou b/c we are breastfeeding and it was sad to see my lil'one trying so hard to eat and breath but she is better now and I did give her some tylonol a couple times for fever and I think it help her sleep as well ,GOOD LUCK !! it won't last 4ever :)

Dena - posted on 09/24/2010

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I hope your baby is feeling better by now, but you can also make your own saline drops if there isn't anyone to pick them up for you (taking a sick baby out is always hard and can get others sick). Just search online for the recipe - you can't really mess it up. The humidifier, sitting in the bathroom and letting the hot shower run, and elevating the crib mattress with a pillow are all great ideas. Please do not give your baby girl medicines that your doctor hasn't approved! Besides the central nervous system problems that another mom mentioned, they can cause your baby to get too sleepy and that would worry me too much especially with SIDS. Please, please, please don't give her anything unless your doctor approves, especially anything meant for an older child or adult!

Rachelle - posted on 09/23/2010

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Take a warm steamy shower with her. Hold her close and just chill in the shower for a while. While in there the *snot* will loosen up, then you can suck it out. After you dress her put some Vix on her chest. If she start coughing it up, cup your hand when you pat her back. The hallow pat will help loosen it up...I have gone through alot of teething phases LOL

Melanie - posted on 09/23/2010

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I'm shocked that no one else mentioned breast milk instead of saline... but to each their own!

Mary - posted on 09/23/2010

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vicks vaporizer in her room.
nasal spray and aspirator about 4 times a day.

some doctors will do baby zyrtec, but the things above should really be sufficient unless something else is wrong.

DeShannon - posted on 09/23/2010

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try little nose saline drops or little nose decongestion drops. Both are safe to use. I used them and they work perfectly. Make sure you elevate her head. This is drain the mucus and help her breath easier. If you live in a very dry climate try a cool mist humidifier but keep it minimum, for humidity causes bacteria. Lastly, most important, schedule a doctor visit
Regards

Rosemary - posted on 09/23/2010

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there is kids' version of vapor rub. buy that. it helps and also take her to the doc. she could get or have asthma.

Sarah - posted on 09/23/2010

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suck it out eit a nose sucker and a saline spray u spray up her nose nose its around 3 dollars at walmart it clears it out so they can breathe.

Corissa - posted on 09/23/2010

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They have saline spray at the drug store called little noses thats what i use when my daughter is stuffed up an if I can't get there my doctor suggested mixing a little salt in warm water and using a little dropper or to put a drop or 2 in each side.

Jan - posted on 09/23/2010

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Talk to your daughter's doctor before you give her anything. If nothing works, my method was a long night of rocking my daughter in the rocking chair. No sleep for me was better than no sleep for either of us.

Melanie - posted on 09/23/2010

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I don't know if you are a breastfeeding mom or not, but you can use your breastmilk just like a saline mist. Squirt a drop or two into baby's nose and use the aspirator to suck out the ickies... I'm told it works. I don't know. My daughter has had a pretty clear nose so far.

Jenelle - posted on 09/23/2010

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Put Vicks Baby Rub on the bottom of her feet and cover with socks. Do this before she goes for naps or to bed at night. Helped my 2 girls and it also works for grownups, just use regular Vicks!!!!

Cjlangermann - posted on 09/22/2010

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I have 5 month old twin boys. They both came down with a cold a couple weeks ago. I used a humidifier in the room. Also get some baby saline solution. Spray it in the nose wait a minute and suction it out. It really helps clear the nasal passages. I was given, as a gift at my shower, a battery powered nose sucker. At the time I thought it was the dumbest gift, but it is actually a life saver! It works so well! My boys also slept in their bouncy seats while they were sick. I actually put them in the bouncy seats and put the bouncy seats inside the crib. Being on an incline really helps too.

Nykee - posted on 09/22/2010

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My doctor recommended that I use saline drops and a nasal aspirator (that bulb thing that you squeeze and suck mucus from their nostrils) but that just angered my babies and made them more mucus-filled from crying. I always just take them in the bathroom in a bouncie seat while I take a looooong hot shower and steam up the bathroom (bonus for me and her!). Try to keep her elevated, too - especially while she's sleeping. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 09/22/2010

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At this age, there's nothing you can really give her. Give her warm baths & use a humidifier to help her breath at night. Also, elevate her crib mattress. That helps. Hope she gets better soon!

Casey - posted on 09/22/2010

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Hi Senita
My son had the same sypmtons at the same age, i took him to the doctors and within the hour he was checked into hospital with pneumonia!!!!!!!!!!!! they had him on oxygen for 3 days...... maybe worthwhile to check it out? Hope your bubba feels better soon....

Tiffany - posted on 09/22/2010

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My son got sick around that age and we had to prop him up on pillows so that his nose didnt get clogged. it worked wonders. and also baby vicks is awesome on their chest and upper back

Tah - posted on 09/22/2010

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when she sleeps at night, rub a dab of infant and childrens vicks under her nose...just remember to wash it off in the morning when she is out of bed,,works wonders...and if she gets a chest could or the cough starts sounding like old man who smokes cigars...put it on her chest at night when she sleeps also

Stacey - posted on 09/22/2010

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Are you still breastfeeding? I know with my daughter life was a little difficult when she got a blocked nose with me and she was only 6 weeks.. I went to the doctor and they said a small bottle of Saline, like an eyedropper may help, and just as you start to breastfeed you can drop 1-2 drops in their nose and it should clear while they feed, worked like a charm for my daughter and saline is fine for small children.. Here in New zealand we also have a Vicks rub for children called Baby Balsam, it smells like Vicks but isn't as strong and especially designed for small children.. that in hot water will create a lovely smell for your bub to breath in..

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I've never heard anything about Vicks on there feet though, I might have to try that. I just know your not supposed to put it on their chest.

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I've always been told not to use Vicks on babies Or even myself because of my babies. Saline drops, a snot sucker, shower steam.

Amber - posted on 09/22/2010

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I just found this electronic nasal aspirator, all you do is insert it in the nostril and press and button! It does all the work for you. They have them at Wal-Mart H-E-B, Walgreens I believe! I just got one for my son and he is really clearing up!

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2010

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you can use a suction bulb to try and clear her nasal cavity out. Or you can go sit in the bathroom with her. Turn the shower on HOT so that it gets steamy in there and add a cap full of vicks vapor bath to the shower and it will disperse into the room. The steam plus the vicks should help a lot.

Amber - posted on 09/21/2010

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I let my daughter play in her bouncer while I took a hot shower. It seemed to keep her from getting as stuffy and would make her nose less congested.

Dara - posted on 09/21/2010

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Saline drops. Squirt them into her nose and it clears up really well. I used it for both my kids and it worked wonders.

Larissa - posted on 09/21/2010

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As said just previously... Baby vicks on the chest and on the bottom of there feet with socks on... this has been used 4 generations past down from our family and has never failed when i use it for my son hope it helps xx

Abby - posted on 09/21/2010

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they have a saline gel which works much better and for much longer than the spray.when u use the spray most of it ends up going down their throat or u end up sucking it out.the gel is sold at walmart and is not in the childrens section.

Alison - posted on 09/21/2010

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Try rubbing vicks on her feet or using a humidifier, if you dont have a humidifier run steamy water in your bathroom and close the door,it will help loosen the thick muccosa in her nose.

Amber - posted on 09/21/2010

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We had to put a humidifier in my 8month old son's room. Plus, the dr. told us all we can do is use saline drops with the nasal aspirator. Hope that helps. Good luck. :-)

Jamie - posted on 09/21/2010

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My little one had a cold last month too... they make Vix baby rub for infants over 3 months old. Try putting some on her chest and the bottoms of her feet right before putting her to bed, and cover up her feet with feetie pj's or socks :o)

Ashley - posted on 09/21/2010

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I also have used an essential oil called Breath by Doterra to rub on my LO's chest when she had a cold to open up her breathing and it worked great.

Amanda - posted on 09/21/2010

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try vicks baby rub on the baby's feet and put socks on over it. it helps a lot i do that with my children and have for many years

Samantha - posted on 09/21/2010

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I would def talk to your doctor as it is time for RSV season again just to have her checked out when they get sick that young its always good to be safe rather then sorry but I agree totally with Jennifer on the other stuff... but it would still be good to just check in with your doctor as well :).. I hope she gets feeling better soon I have a 14 month old with an ear infection right now and having sick babies is the worst thing for a mom

Mariette - posted on 09/21/2010

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okay if you are a jamaican we have a remedy where you can rub eucalyptus oil on the child's mole or on the child's stomach but use it lightly because it is very strong.

Sarh - posted on 09/20/2010

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If she is still sick... turn the shower on HOT, close the curtain and sit on the toilet lid w/her and have the bathroom door closed, this will create a mist that should help open everything up and allow her to breath better. My 14 wk old has had a stuffy nose since the day he was born, it's not a permanent fix, but it will allow her to breath for while.

Katie - posted on 09/20/2010

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Karvol on a muslin cloth tied to the cot so it's out of reach helped for my baby (sorry if someone else has suggested this)

Karianne - posted on 09/20/2010

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if it gets bad i would take her to the doctor, my daughter was like that and it kept getting worse and she ended up spening 3 days in the icu. she had bronchitis

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baby hydrasense... its a saline nasal spray with a special top for babies. it works amazing! that and a vicks humidifier thats what we used and her cold usually went away in a couple days.

Kristy - posted on 09/20/2010

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'Little Noses' - they are saline drops.. it works good. I had to use it on my LO. As for the med idea... I wouldn't, the strength can cause CNS issues, possible not at the time, but in the future. Only give meds a dr approves. There is a reason they prescibe or suggest them, they know the long term effect (such as CNS - central nervous system)

Brittany - posted on 09/20/2010

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you may not think this is safe, but im going to be honest with you, when my son was sick at 5 months with the safe, and he couldnt sleep eat breath anything and non of those things worked..1 i went ahead and tried a little vicks even tho "people" not my doctor told me not too...and when that didn't work i went ahead and bought childrens medicine..and i gave him a 1/4tsp of childrens cough or benydrill....he was ok the first 2 times i did it i did it in the daytime to make sure the med didn't bother him or anything and it worked and he got better quick,,.. so it's all up to the parent

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A humidifier and a saline spray with aspirator are my best friends when my babies are sick! I have a kit from the company Little Noses and it comes with the spray and an infant aspirator that works great! Good luck!

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