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DD2 somewhere along the lines got a cold (we're thinking from the first Sunday dinner we did after her birth...family thing). She's 12 days old! It's kicking her but too. So far it just seems to be some serious congestion mostly sinus but at night it seems like it might creep into her chest as well.<br><br>
What can I do to help her out? She has a hard time breathing at night (is sucking air in so strongly she ends up cocking her head back as she does it), especially laying down. I have a feeling I will be sitting up in the rocking chair tonight since she does best in that position. I have a nose sucker but I don't want to use it too much and overstimulate her nose (thereby producing more mucos and causing more breathing issues) and irritate the tissues in there but I don't know what else to do! We have some mentholatum and I have used that (a very tiny amount) and it seems to help but it's not going to solve the problem yk?
 

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The fact that she is cocking her head back at night to breathe is worrisome to me. That is an instinctual way to open the airway.<br><br>
Is she having any nasal flaring while breathing or any retractions? (Is the skin pulling into the spaces between her ribs?)<br><br>
What color drainage is she having if any?<br><br>
Is she coughing at all or does it just seem to be in her upper airways?<br><br>
Sorry so many questions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The fact that she is cocking her head back at night to breathe is worrisome to me. That is an instinctual way to open the airway.<br><br>
Is she having any nasal flaring while breathing or any retractions? (Is the skin pulling into the spaces between her ribs?)<br><br>
What color drainage is she having if any?<br><br>
Is she coughing at all or does it just seem to be in her upper airways?<br><br>
Sorry so many questions <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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No nasal flaring and I can't really tell on the retractions. I jsut lifted her shirt and she startled quite a bit so that made it tough. It does pull in around her bottom rib (the space between her last rib and her belly) but I was just looking at DD1 (almost 2.5 years old) and she does that when laying down too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
The mucos in her nose (seems she has some post nasa drip going on too) is a yellow-greenish color. Nothing flourescant or outrageously dark either.<br><br>
She has coughed a couple times but I don't think it was directly related to having a cold....more of a tickle triggered by something. It seems to only be in her nasal passages until later in the early morning...then it seems to settle a little into her chest.
 

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I would try some breastmilk up the nose or some saline drops.<br><br>
You might put a rolled thin blanket underneath her neck at night to help prop her airway for her. That might make it a little easier to breathe.<br><br>
Also running a hot shower and taking her in the bathroom with the steam might help.<br><br>
(These are probably all things you have already tried. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> )
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've done everything but the rolled blanket. Where do I position it? What would saline drops do? DH would probably love to go that route!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've done everything but the rolled blanket. Where do I position it? What would saline drops do? DH would probably love to go that route!</div>
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You can get one of those thin receiving blankets and you roll it into a tight solid roll (like you would roll up a poster). You put it under the base of the neck so that the babe's head plops backwards a little bit. That opens the airway and makes it easier to breathe.<br><br>
The saline drops help moisten the boogers and thin them out so that they can clear out more easily or you can suck them out more easily if you want.
 

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Do you have a baby swing? The only time I ever used one with dd was when she had a cold. Being propped up (not in the swinging motion) really helped her breathe when she was sleeping. You might roll up a couple receiving blankets and tuck them next to her, along her sides, to keep her from slouching.<br><br>
I always have good luck with humidifiers, too.
 
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