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From what I gather there is really nothing to do except wait it out- keep his nose clear, run the humidifier (which we do anyway), offer more water...<br><br>
Anything else?<br>
Should we get a vaporizer or is the humidifier fine?
 

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We found that sage tea helped with the congestion. I copied this from another post on colds:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Sage tea helps to break up congestion and bring down a fever. Give your child one dose of sage tea, up to three times daily, for three to five days...<br>
Newborn to two years. One dose equals...2 or 3 teaspoons of tea. A nursing mother may also take an adult dose of the appropriate herbal treatment.</td>
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I got some at Whole Foods. Alvita was the brand I think. I'd just steep it and let it cool, then administer with a syringe. Oddly, dd really liked the taste. Oh, and I'd recommend against you taking it. I've been told that it can dry up breastmilk in addition to boogers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
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Put a few drops of breastmilk up each of his nostrils three or four times a day with an eyedropper or syringe. BM is really wonderful stuff, will keep the sinus passages clearer (tastes better to them than the saline stuff you can put up there - BabyAyr), and has antibacterial and antiviral properties.<br><br>
My dd got her first cold at 7 weeks (and she was preemie, so adjusted age was only 2 weeks, and we were quite worried) but the breastmilk treatment really seemed to help. We also always sleep with a WARM MIST (what the ped recommended - said way better than cool mist kinds) vaporizer even when not sick because it is so dry and cold here, which I think helps prevent colds in the long run. That is in addition to our bionaire humidifer on the other side of the room, heh. Did I mention it is very dry here?<br><br>
Hope he feels better soon!
 

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Thanks for the ideas. G is a foster baby and is on formula- no BM is coming out of my boobs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Do you know why the warm mist is better? We also always sleep with the humidifier all winter(forced hot air heat is so dry) and last night I put it on high. He actually slept better than the night before so I think it helped a bit.<br><br><span style="color:#008000;">Also, dh is of the beliefe that G should stay inside as much as possible. My thoughts are that is overkill and he can go out and about today. My MIL was going to take us to lunch but when she learned G has a cold she also said going out is a bad idea. What do you all think?</span>
 

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I'm of the opinion that sick kids should stay home until they are not contagious, which means cancelling lunch. Also, I know when my daughter has a cold, she's just crabby and it wouldn't be fun going out with her. But if you want to take him into the backyard so you all don't get cabin fever, I see that as fine.<br><br>
I have no clue why warm mist is better.
 

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nak - yet again<br><br>
i also don't know why warm is better. mine has a 'cooling chamber' so the mist is truly WARM, not hot and you cannot get burned. it seems to actually put more moisture into the air, imo. and it is true that warm air can hold more moisture than cold air (summer = humid, winter = dry) so maybe that has something to do with it.<br><br>
if you have any nursing mama friends, you might ask them for an ounce of bm for g's nose, if you felt comfortable with that. everything i hear says it works wonders and it seemed to be the case with my dd.<br><br>
as for going out with a cold, i think that if everyone would stay home when they are sick, the world would be a better place for us all. perhaps mil could bring you a lovely 'picnic' from your favourite restaurant?<br><br>
--m.
 

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We went out for a short walk down the street (I used my newish mei hip!) and when we returned, MIL arrived. We decided to just visit at home. I don't think I will be able to stay in again all day tomorrow though!
 
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