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My dd is almost 2 and has a cold and can't breathe through her nose at all and so can't sleep. Is there anything I can do for her? She needs to sleep to heal and I need to sleep too. I've tried suctioning her nose out and that doesn't help. Is there something OTC or something herbal that would help her?
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breastmilk.
in lieu of that, maybe some warm, weak chamomile tea?


I always put some eucalyptus oil (and sometimes menthol crystals, too, if I have them) in a pot of water to simmer on the stovetop. That works better than anything else, in my experience.
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I'll try the eucalyptus oil. Will it help her at night? It makes me sad that you mention breastmilk. She was such a great nurser but I am 23 weeks pregnant and my milk is all gone. I can't get her to nurse. I wish she would. This is her first sickness where we aren't nursing. I can really see a difference and it hurts my heart.
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she might want to try it again once the baby comes, you just never know. Yes, the eucalyptus really helps me at night (can't speak for my kids, knock wood) when I am stuffed up, I have chronic sinusitis and major allergies, so every little cold turns into a huge deal with me. It turns the house into a giant cough drop!
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cut the shower on and let it get steamy

hang out in the steamy bathroom for 10 minutes before bed
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Not herbal, but Benadryl is safe and always helps dd. I also use the saline drops to thin it and get it moving.

You can also use vapor rub and a vaporizer.
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