DD has cold...what can I do?

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DD has cold...what can I do?
Fri, 03-28-2003 - 6:56am
Hi I am an daily lurker with very little time to post :( but I am desperate! I have a 10 month old DD that is suffering with her 1st cold. I am giving her motrin for her fever but I don't know what else I could do to help her. We were up almost all night. What has worked for you?



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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 8:07am
Nurse, nurse, nurse! Tylenol/motrin like you are doing, will help the fever. All you can really do is keep her comfortable. Hold her, rock her, nurse, and hopefully it will pass soon. If the fever doesn't go away after 72 hrs, you should call the peds. You are very lucky to not have a cold until 10 mo!



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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 9:37am
"hose the nose" saline drops and suction are the best for clearing the nose and nursing is the best thing to speed a recovery. just remember that it will pass!

HTH, Kristen


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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:20pm
If her nose is stuffy/runny you can put fresh breastmilk in it! I do this in the bathtub, because it can be messy ;). I use an eyedropper to put the milk in (put a lot in), and suction later if necessary. It usually isn't necessary to suction, since he's in the bath anyway, i can just wash his face off.

The breast milk helps loosen congestion, and it also has antibodies in it to help ward off the virus/bacteria. It doesn't hurt baby at all...in fact, my DS likes it ;) We turn it into a little game, sometimes he gets it in the mouth, sometimes he gets it in his nose.

WAH Momma to Nicholas 4-7-01 and Katherine 3-9-05

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:51pm
I agree w/ the poster who said nurse, nurse, and nurse! That helps so much. If your DD is acting normal & is not uncomfortable, I would try to avoid giving Tylenol or Motrin for the fever during the day. Fevers are not a bad thing unless the baby is uncomfortable or not responding normally. I actually prefer Tylenol to Motrin, as it is a bit gentler. Motrin is proven to work faster, however it can cause more possible side effects than Tylenol.

If your DD's nose is stuffy (this seems to be especially true at bedtime), if you can do it safely, (depending on where she sleeps) place a towel under her crib mattress or a blanket or pillow under the bed mattress to slightly angle the mattress. This helps keep the nose clear as her head will be elevated a little. This really works. Another great trick is to turn on the hot water in the shower & close the bathroom door so the steam will fill the bathroom. Then take your DD into the bathroom w/ the steam & let her breathe it in for a while. This will help clear her nose, too. Also, try not to suction more than you need to. Suctioning too much can actually aggravate the nose causing it to be worse.

Good luck! Hope your little one feels better soon!


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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 12:58pm
After re-reading my post, I wanted to add this. About the part where I said, "Fevers are not a bad thing unless the baby is uncomfortable or not responding normally."

If your DD is not responding normally, call her Doctor right away. A fever can be as high as 103 degrees (or even higher), but if the child is responding normally it is not necessarily a problem. However, a child can have a fever as low as 101 degrees, but if the child is not responding normally, they should be checked out.

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Mon, 03-31-2003 - 8:37pm
Holistically you can add some essential euculyptus oil to a vaporizer which will help her breathing out tremendously!!

Saline drops is a wonderful idea!! Try and prop her upper body at night so it drains better and does not pool so her nose stays clogged and her ears hold the bacteria in.

Hope she is better soon!!!