what do i do for my 5 1/2 month old baby girl .. she has her first cold!!! :

Tova - posted on 12/08/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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wat do i do for my baby she has a nasty cold.. is it safe to give saline?? shes 5 & half months

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Nicole - posted on 12/08/2009

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When my daughter was 3 months old she got an awful cold.... I put vicks in the humidifier near her crib and also I used the nose bulb from the hospital to try and keep her nose clear. Our doctor also recomended infants tylenol and all 3 combined seemed to help alot.

Tawni - posted on 12/08/2009

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baby tylenol is about all you can do until your child gets to a year and can take a little bit more of childrens meds

Brandy - posted on 12/08/2009

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When my daughter was that age she got her 1st cold too. Pedatricians do not recommend giving your child anything other than Tylenol for medication. Absolutely NO over the counter cough/cold medications. I gave Tylenol to my daughter not just because of the occasional fever but because of her body aches. She fussed so much with it and probably because she couldn't breathe through her nose. I agree with the rest of the mom's as well.......make sure you keep her nasal drainage thinned out. So the little noses saline drops are wonderful along with a bulb syringe. Do it as often as she needs it. Especially around naps/bedtime. She will hate it, but it needs to be done. A cool mist humidifier works great. As well as the vicks plug in's that have a menthol type scent for babies along with Vicks Vapor rub for babies. Don't use anything for adults of course. I'm sure you know that already. Even though she's sick..take advantage of the much needed cuddle time. My daughter is now almost 3 and she is independent & doesn't want much cuddle time. I hope she feels better soon. :)

Tessa - posted on 12/08/2009

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Saline, Vicks baby rub and a Vicks vapor humidifier works wonders....as well as lots of rocking and cuddling! (= Hope she starts feeling better soon!

KANESHIA - posted on 12/08/2009

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you could give some infant cold med. if u like she will be ok dnt worry

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Nicola - posted on 10/14/2012

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My daughter is the same age I gave her the nasil spray nurophen for baby's with calpol n raised her mattress by her head she is 95 % better now hope she gets better soon

Tova - posted on 12/08/2009

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wow thanks so much 4 all ur comments-- and my baby is getting in a tooth so i guess thats mayb y she has a cold

Ashley - posted on 12/08/2009

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I agree with the moms on here ... the one thing my dr added was having a slight raised crib matress to keep the head higher than the chest (something about drainage of the nose lol) I used a small pillow and checked on my son alot cuz I was terrified he would end up on the other end of the crib but he was fine. also in Canada teh dr's do not recomend using a nasal aspirator so I had to suck the snot out myself... :P

Michelle - posted on 12/08/2009

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saline nasal spray is great for clearing up a stuffy nose, especially since meds aren't recommended for infants.

Suzy - posted on 12/08/2009

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and also, take them outside. whether it is hot or cold, the fresh air will do them good. my kids def. get over there colds faster when taken out on a walk every day.

Suzy - posted on 12/08/2009

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One thing that i would do is get a hot shower going and after it gets real steamy, i would go in the bathroom with my baby and sit there for a while so that will loosen up the congestion and then suck the boogers out with the bulb syringe.

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Call your pediatrician and ask them what they reccomend! You can ask them about saline, running a humidfyer, rubbing baby vicks on your daughters chest, giving your daughter tylenol (and how much), how often to check her temperature, what to do if she is running a fever, and anything else they may want to impart.
For my son one of the biggest problems always was keeping his nose clear so he could breathe, lots of booger and snot sucking! babies hate it and scream, but it must be done.
But before you enact any home remedies - please consult with your pediatrician's office! Only they know your daughter's medical history and can be cogent of any medical complications.

Angie - posted on 12/08/2009

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when my baby had his first cold about a month ago, we just kept him warm and gave him baby tylenol. he was 4 months at this time.

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