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#1 of 6 Old 01-08-2013, 06:08 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My almost five year old is very healthy, rarely sick beyond a runny nose--as a result, I am totally ill-prepared when she *is* sick! 

 

Currently, we're dealing with a super runny nose during the day with totally normal mood/behavior.  Night time is a different story--she's waking up frequently because she can't breathe through her nose.  She is also feverish during the night (but none during the day).  

 

A number of friends have suggested a humidifier/vaporizer with Vicks and pediatric decongestants.  

 

Any pearls of wisdom for relief for my kiddo (and this inexperienced-with-illness mama!)?


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I splurged for the expensive cool mist humidifier and it made a huge difference in night time comfort. 

 

And maybe you are looking for a natural healing approach and don't want to dose your kid with Tylenol, but I've found the added sleep is worth it. 

 

Is she big enough to do a neti pot? If not, give her some of that simple saline nose spray before bed. That can help clear out the congestion.

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I splurged for the expensive cool mist humidifier and it made a huge difference in night time comfort. 

 

And maybe you are looking for a natural healing approach and don't want to dose your kid with Tylenol, but I've found the added sleep is worth it. 

 

Is she big enough to do a neti pot? If not, give her some of that simple saline nose spray before bed. That can help clear out the congestion.

 

Thank you, MamaBookworm!  I went ahead and bought a humidifier and some saline nose spray.....we'll see if I can get it up my kiddo's nose, though.  She tends to have strong opinions!  ;-) 


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I concur with the humidifier and either the vick's stuff that goes in the well or a combo of eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree oil.  Also, I'd use a 'nose sticker' (breathe rite strip), those help my children a lot.  The only time I ever dose for fever is at night when they are beyond miserable and can't sleep. 

 

Runny/stuffy noses at night are tough. I always debate the decongestant route based on how tired and sleep deprived they are.

 

You could also try the vick's rub on her chest (or a concoction of your own).  One thing I have found that works at night (inexplicably ,to me anyway) is to put vick's (or eucalyptus/tea tree mix in coconut oil) liberally on their feet and cover with socks.  Helps with runny/stuffy noses and coughing.

 

A neti pot would be fantastic, unfortunately I could never see a child younger than 12 or so co-operating. 


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I've heard that thing about vick's on the feet and tried it last time my daughter got sick! Crazy, but I agree, it seemed to work.

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My DD loves vaporub when she has a cold. I also make her a steamy bath with a few drops of eucalyptus oil. 

 

I was unprepared when my almost 5 year old DD caught norovirus. She is rarely sick and she recovers so fast. So much barf. Ugh. Day 3 today. She was feverish when I touched her, but she is not up yet. I hope her stomach feels better today. 


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