first colds - what to do

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first colds - what to do

Postby Jussy » Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:13 pm

hi ladies,

This morning my baby has woken up with a little cold. my question is do i need to take her to the dr's or will she just get through it?

she is still feeding well but is looking a little pale, she is 12 days old. any advice would be great.

Thanks in advance.
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Postby Kendra plus 2 » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:43 am

Both of our LO's ended up with a cold around the same time. We were told to use a humidifier in their room, suction their noses, incline their beds and call in immediately if their temps went up to 100.4. You may want to call your ped. just to give them a heads up just in case.
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Postby TWWbot » Thu Aug 30, 2007 5:16 am

I thought my son was getting a cold at almost one month. I HATE giving them medicine when they're that young because some of it, especially the "cold" medicine, can affect their little bodies so greatly. I try treating with non-medical methods first.

I would call your doctor just to let them know that your baby may be getting a cold and ask what you should do.

What I did for my son was bathed him in California Baby's Cold & Flu bubble bath twice a day for a couple days. ... 13-oz.html We love CB because they are natural and organic. This particular bubble bath was actually the only aromatherapy bathing product for colds I could find that said it could be used on babies newborn and up.

I'm also a fan of Johnson and Johnsons' Soothing Vapor Bath but it has a minimum of like 3 months or something so I didn't use it on the baby...I love it for my youngest daughter when she gets a cold though!

Also, if you don't have one already get a nasal aspirator and, when needed, suck the boogies out of your daughter's nose. Babies that young breathe through their noses so it's important to keep it as clear as possible.

Another good thing to pick up would be some Little Noses Saline Spray/Drops. The saline will help break up the mucus so it will be easier to aspirate.

Some say Vicks Baby Rub is OK and others say it's not OK to use on babies under a few months old. I didn't use it just because it had a minimum age on it of three months, I think, but it may be something worth asking your doctor about. One Mom on here said that she was told to rub some on her baby's feet and cover them with booties.

Good luck!

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Postby NikkiNikki » Thu Nov 01, 2007 6:44 pm

Yep, my doctor said the same things. They do recommend the cool air humidifiers now instead of the steam. Also make sure no fans or AC's are running (if you help it) in the babies room.

Be careful suctioning the nose....the tissue in back of the nose can get irritated and sore from the end of the suction bulb. I didn't know that until my doc informed me. My suction bulb had a long stem on it (like the one used at the hospital).

Hope your baby is feeling better.
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