My baby boy started daycare about 6 weeks ago and of course it has been non-stop sniffles ever since. I was expecting that and I love the school (it's a reggio emilio method school that goes to 5th grade).
But this last cold is a doozey. He will fall asleep breathing thru his mouth but the moment he is really asleep he will close his mouth and try to breathe thru his nose, which is completely clogged. So a few moments later he will startle himself awake and cry for a moment, then fall back asleep, repeating the cycle. So every minute or so we all wake up. In general he sleeps with us about 1/2 the time, his crib the other 1/2. I've tried both places but neither is significantly better. He doesn't want comforting, he wants to sleep (me too!). Last night was the 5th night of this. I have a full time job so I don't get to nap and I am really starting to loose it. He's had colds before with a stuffy nose and it was never this pattern of breathing/waking. He is happy in the day time, just has a runny nose. Night time is a nightmare, however.
I'm using a vaporizer with tea tree oil, and a natural camphor/menthol salve on his chest. We're doing his bath at night to loosen the mucous in his nose and using that yucky suction bulb to get as much as possible out before bed.
Are there any other natural decongestants? I even took him to the doctor to make sure it wasn't a cold turned into an infection. She said I was doing everything right and to come back if it hadn't cleared up in another week or if the mucous looked like puss. I'm glad that I have a doc who's very 'let nature take it's course' instead of always throwing antibiotics at me, but I must admit I wish there was something more I could do. Any suggestions?