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#1 of 14 Old 02-19-2004, 02:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My ds who is a month old, seems to have caught his big sister's cold and is very congested. This is especially bad at night. I have a vaporizer going and try to have him sleep in his bouncy seat. Is there anything else I can do for him?

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Humidify the whole house if you can. Take the vaporizer from room to room during the day.

Use a nasal bulb syringe to get the crud out.

You can use saline nasal drops to loosen up the mucus. You can buy them or make your own (do a search to find the correct ratios.)

Nurse nurse nurse to help loosen it also.
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things I"ve used are:

steaming DD in the shower three times a day
(ie standing in the bathroom as I steam it right up, and then stay in there for a while - helps to keep it loose and runny!)

when i"m nursing, i spray my milk up her nostrils to help clean it out

Suction to get it out.....once I even sucked and spat - though not my favourite method!!!!

Ate vitamin c and roasted garlic myself to help her fight it - and I understand that rubbing flax seed oil on their belly helps to boost their immune system (ie it is absorbed into their system at a time when they are not eating) but I don't know if you want to try that with a one month old (maybe ask a health care person of sorts?) We did it with DD at 2 months, and it was fine.

Best of luck! We're finally recovering from an illness that older DD got, then passed on to younger DD and now I realize that illnesses are going to go on for a longer period of time now that we have two!!!:

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slice an onion in half and leave it in the room while your baby is sleeping.
worked for us.
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definitely try the vaporizer and cleaning out. Make sure if you do use a vaporizer that it is steaming really well. If it doesn't, put a pich of salt in the water and mix well. Works like a champ!
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I don't want to be the devil's advocate here, but i have been told by various sources that vaporizers are not recommended anymore because the spew mold spores into the air making it worse for the baby. Unless you either change the filter every day, or use the Cold Mist vaporizer... I don't know if this is all true, but that's what i've been told, and have read recently.

Both my kids were really congested after birth, my first was for a year!!! I ALWAYS used the saline and sucked it out with a bulb syringe... every day!!! seemed to help a bit.
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When my ds was a baby the absolute best decongestant was breast milk. I was never a talented sprayer, so I would pump a little and use a medicine dropper to put some up his nose.

He of course absolutely hated this, but it would clear him up for a few hours at a time. I learned that it has to be fresh breastmilk though - no pumping ahead of time for this one.
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Everyone has posted great suggestions. I just want you to consider that a cold in a newborn can be quite serious if the virus happens to be RSV. It is the season for RSV. My newborn caught it from his 2 year old brother about this time last year. We ended up in the hospital for a week. Your baby may just have a mild cold, or not.
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Johnson's has a new Baby Vapor Cream and Baby Vapor Bath that can be used on infants 4 months and older (I believe). Or...if you're in the shower with your baby, try putting a little eucalyptus oil on a washcloth and placing it in the shower... will help. Although your son is too young for the vapor bath (to be in it), you can put some in the shower as well...and he should benefit from the vapors.

I like breastmilk over saline...as it's premade.

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when i"m nursing, i spray my milk up her nostrils to help clean it out
I had to second and third this suggestion. When my daughter was a tiny baby squirting breast milk up her nose worked wonders for her nasal congestion.

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when you suction out the babe's nose, hold one side closed. you'll notice you get more out.

my ds was congested the first three months as well.
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Just wanted to add that its best to stop all dairy product when your babe has a cold. They can go through your breastmilk and cause even more congestion.
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Good point about the steam vaporizer- I actually meant the cool mist one. It is what we use 24-7 to keep our house humid to help dd's skin.


How is the baby?
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. The congestion is now in ds's chest but he did much better last night so I think it is passing. He was having a hard time every morning from about 4:30-7am but he slept really well last night. DD is over her cold also, thank goodness.

I am ready for spring. No more colds!

Thanks again everybody!
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