how do I unplug my 5 month old babies nose so she can sleep?? I have saline solution, an asperator, baby vicks and lot's of q-tips, but none of it seems to work.

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Kristina - posted on 11/26/2008

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If you are nursing, just squirt soem breastmilk up tehre! Works wonders!

Shannon - posted on 02/11/2009

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My 8 month old daughter is going through a bad cold now (or croup possibly...we're going to the dr tomorrow for a definitive result!). Some things I've found helpful are:

-propping her up when she sleeps (she is currently napping in her bouncer; she's even slept in it as she just wasn't comfortable in her crib, even propped up a bit)

-using the Gentle Vapors plug-ins in her room

-running a humidifer constantly in her room

-using Johnson's Soothing Vapor Bath and letting her splash around

-Sitting in the bathroom with a hot shower and letting her breathe in the warm, moist air. That does wonders! She's even napped in there because it was easier for her to breathe (supervised of course).

-using Baby Vapo Rub on her chest/back and bottoms of feet (I know there is debate over whether or not to even use Baby Vapo Rub, but I feel like it helps, so do what you think is best for your baby)

-using baby saline drops/mist and an aspirator

-gently wiping her nose with the Puff's kleenex with the Vick's Vapor scent (I use sparingly though).

-Lots of close cuddling, back rubs, and loving hugs!

Cassie - posted on 11/26/2008

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my son just got over the croup and i used a combination of things. we sat on the toilet in the bathroom while i ran a hot shower with a vicks shower vaporizer in it and then at bedtime i ran a humidifer and a vicks waterless vaporizer (u can get it at wal-mart for $10).

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Gabrielle - posted on 02/11/2009

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We used a cool humidifier in the room and put our daughter to sleep in her bouncer chair (on the floor) when she had a cold or was coughing. When she was too big for that, we put old textbooks under her crib mattress. Propping her head up really seemed to help. We used saline drops and an aspirator, too, during the day. I have heard lots of good things about shower steam. They say Vicks Vapor Rub isn't thought to be safe for babies, anymore (although I'm sure our parents all used it on us) so maybe check with your doctor about that, first. Good luck!

Zan - posted on 02/11/2009

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Have u tried a nose plunger yet? And cold vaporizers/humidifiers are supposed to be really good too.

Emma - posted on 11/27/2008

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in the prem baby unit of the hospital they put vacaline down the bridge of the childs nose and it just lets the nose trickle so they need cleaning up in the morning but it dont block up through the night also vicks on the soles of their feet and then put baby grow or socks on

Anastasia - posted on 11/27/2008

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Best thing for my boys is a cool mist humidifier as close to the crib as possible without it actually being on top of them as well as sleeping propped up on a pillow

Alisha - posted on 11/27/2008

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When my daughter's nose is stuffed and she has a hard time breathing I put a pillow or a rolled up blanket under the mattress on the side she lays her head on so she's not laying flat and it helps her breath better in addition to sucking out the snot.

Danica - posted on 11/26/2008

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I always get good results from nursing on the edge of the bathtub with the shower on as hot as it will go, and then putting baby to bed in a reclined position. You can prop up the mattress or put baby to sleep in a chair/swing.

Hope she gets better soon!

Miriam - posted on 11/26/2008

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I have something similar to the nosefrida and it works great! You can actually get things out by suction instead of the bulb suction just moving it around. I usually put a couple saline drops in and then suck it back out!

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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For me, what always worked with both of my boys, was to sleep in a simi-reclined position in my recliner while holding them. It allows the air passage to open. I kept a vapor plug in the outlet near by and also a humidifier going at all times. I know it sounds like a lot more work on you and less sleep for you, but the baby will get the rest they need to get well quicker.

Jennifer - posted on 11/26/2008

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My 2 month old grandson just finished a cold. I was shocked they didn't sell cold medicine anymore. We used the "snot sucker" on him, took him in the bathroom while somebody was in the shower. The biggest helper though... We put a couple pillows UNDER his mattress to lift it up and rubbed Infant Vicks ON HIS FEET then put socks on. I thought this was crazy but he slept 8 hours straight!

Natalie - posted on 11/26/2008

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Buy a Nosafrida, you can only get it online. It will be the best 18 dollars ever spent. I swear buy it, every mom needs one!

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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Have you tried a warm bath with Johnsons vapor bath? It really seems to work for my daughter. It can be used on babies as young as 3 months. It seems to make her nose run like a tap/

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