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Well, I suppose it was bound to happen. Last week, my husband threw me a small birthday party. Someone generously brought their very sick child to the party. Fast forward 4 days, I'm totally bedridden with the plague. Fast forward 3 more days, my daughter is starting to get congested, tug on her ears, fussy, not sleeping, etc. etc.<br><br>
She is EBF.<br><br>
I am obviously not taking anything to help me feel better, with the exception of herbal pastilles that help throat/congestion/cough. Can't give that to a 6 month old.<br><br>
So, besides a vaporizer and possibly Vicks baby rub for the chest, what does one do with a congested/sick babe? Ride it out? I feel so bad for her, if she feels anything like I do... it's going to get much worse before it gets better.<br><br>
Why, why must people insist on being generous with their germs?! STAY HOME if you're sick. Grr... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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At 6 mo. of age (assuming here baby is healthy non compromised when not under weather with this bug) if fever is high - and that varies from kid to kid (my oldest child, when his temp hits 99*F he's in need of tylenol/ibuprofen); my youngest - around 101*F-102*F) then a fever reducing drug may be helpful to help the wee tike feel better. You know your child best, and if s/he's really 'out of it' and very uncomfortable, then fever reducer may help.<br><br>
also things to help with congestion:<br><br>
bring baby in shower with you - the hot steamy water will help loosen up some of the crud. The evil bulb thing can help, too. I know it's horrid to do, but it really REALLY does help.<br><br>
During the day, boil water on stove to give more humidity to air to help with the crud.<br><br>
If this gets worse and worse and child is having trouble breathing/eating, then it may be time for first antibiotic (my opinion - everyone may have different opinions! - you do what's best for your child at the time). (pls don't flame me - this is on case by case basis) - I hold off on bringing my kids to ped until it's obvious that 'natural' stuff isn't giong to help.<br><br>
((hugs))<br><br>
being sick with a sick kid is the worst.<br><br>
BettyAnn
 

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Since you have it first, your baby is very fortunate. Your body will produce antibodies to your illness that is transferred to the breastmilk to your baby. Hers won't be as bad and she will get over it quicker. I would start taling Vit C.....S/A in mega doses 20 minutes before you nurse. That way she gets the benefit of it. I also wouldn't use any meds, not even tylenol. A fever, if she gets one, is the bodies way of ridding itself of disease and you don't want to prolong that - nurse, nurse, nurse!! When my son had his first bad cold, this is what I did and also saline drops all the time and suction. That was it and yeah, it wasn't fun, but we made it through it. It is so sad to see your dc not herself. Just keep thinking....her immune system is building.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Now, if she takes a turn, don't hesitate to bring her in, but most viruses just need to run their course.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">At 6 mo. of age (assuming here baby is healthy non compromised when not under weather with this bug) if fever is high - and that varies from kid to kid (my oldest child, when his temp hits 99*F he's in need of tylenol/ibuprofen); my youngest - around 101*F-102*F) then a fever reducing drug may be helpful to help the wee tike feel better. You know your child best, and if s/he's really 'out of it' and very uncomfortable, then fever reducer may help.<br><br>
also things to help with congestion:<br><br>
bring baby in shower with you - the hot steamy water will help loosen up some of the crud. The evil bulb thing can help, too. I know it's horrid to do, but it really REALLY does help.<br><br>
During the day, boil water on stove to give more humidity to air to help with the crud.<br><br>
If this gets worse and worse and child is having trouble breathing/eating, then it may be time for first antibiotic (my opinion - everyone may have different opinions! - you do what's best for your child at the time). (pls don't flame me - this is on case by case basis) - I hold off on bringing my kids to ped until it's obvious that 'natural' stuff isn't giong to help.<br><br>
((hugs))<br><br>
being sick with a sick kid is the worst.<br><br>
BettyAnn</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fever.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fever">: Thanks.<br><br>
I agree with you, I don't bring DD to the ped unless it's a last ditch effort!<br><br>
Poor kidlet, if she feels anything like I do, laying down just plain sucks. My chest hurts and my ears hurt when I lay down. No wonder she's happer sleeping on me (which is extremely rare lately.)<br><br><br>
Hopefully the EBF will make her case of this plague milder. Hopefully.<br>
Thanks for the advice!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Since you have it first, your baby is very fortunate. Your body will produce antibodies to your illness that is transferred to the breastmilk to your baby. Hers won't be as bad and she will get over it quicker. I would start taling Vit C.....S/A in mega doses 20 minutes before you nurse. That way she gets the benefit of it. I also wouldn't use any meds, not even tylenol. A fever, if she gets one, is the bodies way of ridding itself of disease and you don't want to prolong that - nurse, nurse, nurse!! When my son had his first bad cold, this is what I did and also saline drops all the time and suction. That was it and yeah, it wasn't fun, but we made it through it. It is so sad to see your dc not herself. Just keep thinking....her immune system is building.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Now, if she takes a turn, don't hesitate to bring her in, but most viruses just need to run their course.</div>
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Ok, pardon the ignorance: Vit C.....S/A? I get the vitamin C part but not clear on the S/A? Sorry... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
This is my hope, too. Antibodies are a Good Thing.
 

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it is so hard when your dc is so young and gets congested because it makes nursing so difficult for them. Dd1 brought home a nasty cold virus from school and dd2 got it, it has been like a month and it is still lingering a little. She was coughing so hard she was vomiting because she had so much draining into her throat. Which comibined with not feeling well and not being able to nurse as usual caused her to almost become dehydrated. Eventually I went to ped and asked for an antihistimine to dry her up a little which helped a little at night so we could get some rest and she could nurse. I was giving her steam baths 3-4 times during the day and occasionally in the middle of the night if she woke up coughing/vomiting. That seems to help the most. Saline nose drops or breastmilk (I find it extremely difficult to get into her nose) too. I agree to try to ride it out for as long as you can at home but sometimes there is a point when a guilt free dr visit is ok. Hope you and your little one get over it quickly.
 

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S/A is sodium ascorbate. It is a buffered VIT C and it is very quickly absorbed. It is good stuff. Really, go over to health and healing - no meds will help her so much more.<br><br>
Yes, laying on your chest and nursing and lots of "poor baby's" You need to keep your strength up as well. I recommend a good quality Cod Liver Oil in addition to the VIT C. ANd lots of rest.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2">
 

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If her nose is stuffed up breast milk works great to thin it out so you can suction it.
 
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