Originally Posted by pacifica
Oh Mamas, my baby girl got the cold my older kids have.
She started coughing last night and by morning, she now has a stuffy nose and is fussy. Any advice would be wonderful. She's only 12 days old, I feel so bad/worried for her.
I'm so sorry
I don't even know what to do for such a newborn, besides nurse and nurse-- I'd try a nose aspirator. Do you have a humidifier to put near where she sleeps? That couldn't hurt. If there was any fever I'd call the doctor, just because she's so little.
We've been lucky here so far, Ozzy seems fine, hopefully it will stay that way since I caught a touch of what Em has. Em ended up running a high fever yesterday afternoon, but it broke overnight... the runny nose has slacked off a lot, too, although I think her throat is still hurting her. She's napping now...
It's been kind of tough emotionally because it's like I haven't yet figured out how it works to split my focus and attention... it's like I'm worried so much about Ozzy being sick, but I'm also really sad for my Em and want to make her feel better, and trying to deal with both is somehow mentally exhausting me, I'm not used to being scared for two little people at the same time, if that makes sense.
My mom came up last night because she's the most awesome person ever. I was just so worn down, the post partum hormones were peaking and I couldn't stop crying, Emma wouldn't sleep, etc... so she came up and spent some time snuggling Emma while I took care of Ozzy, and we all managed to get some sleep last night. Was very needed, husband and I had been up all night the night before.
In other news, my nipples are so mangled right now. I remember feeling like this about this time with Em, so I know it will pass, but it is not at all fun. I cringe just thinking about nursing. It only hurts when he first latches on for like 20 seconds or so, once he gets going it is just sore, but at first it is like knock-me-out-of-this-chair pain. I've been trying to be religious with the lanolin and carefully making sure that he latches right, hopefully this part passes soon.