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Yesterday, DD started sneezing a ton and became a little congested; she can still breathe enough through her nose to nurse. She has been acting fine moodwise, although she fell alseep at 8:30 last night and slept until 9 this morning, waking up at the usual times to nurse. (Her usual sleep night pattern is 10:30-8)<br><br>
This morning she felt warm and her rectal temp was 100.3, she has also developed a dry cough. I am such a worried mom right now - this is my baby's first sign of illness. We have to be extra-careful about this b/c she has a slight VSD (a congential heart defect)<br><br>
What I'm asking is if there's anything I can do to help her fight this. I'm specifically thinking that if I load up on the vitamic C, zinc, and echinancea like I do when I'm getting sick, this will pass through my breastmilk and help her.<br><br>
Her dad just informed me that her nose is now running, but clear.<br><br>
My poor little babe. Any hints or advice would be very appreciated right now<br><br>
Og - she is just over 3 months
 

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Loadng yourself up is great. A little breastmilk in her ears/nose will help with congestion too.<br><br>
Nurse nurse nurse! A little steam from a shower can help if she seems really dry. Other than that the fever is good...shows you her immune system is working well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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This happened to DS right around the same time - we battled it by doing the steam shower, as well as running the humidifier with some eucalytpis oil while he slept. I also swaddled him and put him to sleep propped up on the boppy.<br><br>
Someone else had also suggested to me using Vitamin C - sodium ascorbate, I believe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Hope your LO begins feeling better, soon!
 

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yes yes Vit C and all that goodness. Ds is battling the same thing, runny nose and cough but mood wise great. The muscus is a bit yellow to green and one nostral is pretty dry and has started to bleed a bit. I suck his nose (he hates it), give hime a nice hot bath (not to hot) with vapor bath, I have baby vics and some trimenic thin stips for congestion thats safe for babies over 3mo. I know most moms dont agree with otc's here but I want to make ds as comfortable as possible. I need to go get some vit c for myself though I dont have any in the house, and a humidifyer.<br><br>
Speaking of safety may I suggest taking temps under the arm./ Place the tip of the themometer into the arm pit, so it sticks out in front and hold babys arm down, if they are nursing they really dont notice. This is safer than in the rectum and much much nicer to baby. I know docs swear by the rectum temp but axillary (under the arm) is just as accurate. You minus one degree from what you get and thats the temp. Just my suggestion.
 

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I think you typo'd! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> You add one degree if the temp is axillary, and subtract it if it is rectal.
 

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Awww M, so sorry Aislyn isn't feeling well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I agree with the humidifier/shower steam for congestion. Lots of nursing and cuddle time will help too. If you load up on the vit c and echinacea and zinc it should pass to her and help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br>
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Well my biggest theory on this is to get sick yourself. Kiss her lots and get the same cold. THen when you breastfeed your antibodies to the same cold will help her get better. At least that's what I think.
 
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