question: at what point do you worry about a baby's cold? I hate caling the Dr unless I need to- i dont want to waste a whole day, drag him in the car, expose to other kids' sicknesses, etc for them to say "it's just a cold" - he seems congested and his sleep is "off"- he whines a lot when he is asleep at night (he's always loud though!!) what do I look for?
I tend to look for fever, or a decrease in wet dipes as signs to go in (or at least call). Head shaking can be a sign of an ear infection, but I'd say wait 24 hours to see if it resolves with natural remedies. Stuffiness, congestion, and crankiness are just colds though. Miserable for all parties, but nothing can be done by a doctor. Try to make him as comfortable as possible, and put a shot of whiskey in your tea if you need to. It will resolve in due course!