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my ds has a nasty head cold.<br><br>
he is snotty, but plays happily during the day.<br>
nights are bad. he wakes up every two hours and needs to be rocked back to sleep.<br><br>
we have his crib propped up with soup cans under one end, to help him breathe a little easier, and the humidifier is going at night.<br><br>
anything else you can recommend for me to help him sleep better?
 

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Not much else besides what you're doing.... You can sit in a steamed up bathroom for a little bit before bed to get some initial relief, but I think mostly it will just take time--hopefully not too many more rough nights for you!
 

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You can get some of that saline stuff that you irrigate the nose with...don't use the sucker...When I put some in L's nose she sneezes a big glob every time..Kinda gross but it helps clear some of the crud out of her sinuses..<br><br><br>
Hope he feels better...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Sometimes when one of us is stuffed up beyond all reason, I'll put *a few* drops of essential oil (eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender) on a handkerchief and tuck that into a pillow on the bed or under the fitted sheet or something -- that way the aroma wafts around without being on the skin (such as Vicks vapo-rub or something similar). It's an idea I adapted from <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/cold-remedy.html" target="_blank">Kellymom's website</a>.<br><br>
Hope your little guy feels better soon and that you all get some rest!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sometimes when one of us is stuffed up beyond all reason, I'll put *a few* drops of essential oil (eucalyptus, peppermint, or lavender) on a handkerchief and tuck that into a pillow on the bed or under the fitted sheet or something -- that way the aroma wafts around without being on the skin (such as Vicks vapo-rub or something similar). It's an idea I adapted from <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/health/meds/cold-remedy.html" target="_blank">Kellymom's website</a>.<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: peppermint oil works so well for me!
 

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Saline, saline, saline! It will clear the gunk and help kill the germs in LO's sinuses.<br>
I recently tried some Little Noses saline that must be like an aerosol or something? Anyway, it's better than just the sqeeze bottle because it keeps the flow of saline going. I hope it's not bad for the environment, because it works really well!
 

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Baby Vics works for us. My son will not allow us to put anything up his nose, so we cannot do saline or anything of that sort!
 

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My dd is a sinus girl... poor thing, so we've done it all.<br><br>
The best is a very hot steamy shower/bath combo before bed, with a washrag over the face. I'll explain a little more... I seal the shower off and she and I get in and shower for awhile until there is lots of warm steam, then I shut shower off, add some more hot to the water in the tub and we play in there for awhile. During that time, I model breathing with a washcloth over my face and she does it also. We also do lots of bubble blowing and nose blowing in general.<br><br>
Her sinus cavities get so compacted, this really helps loosen things up and get the snot out before bed. I also use the vaporizor (does this really work?!) and Vics- but she hates that (I love it!!).<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Saline works well also. I also do sinus massage.
 

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excellent!<br><br>
thank you everyone! i have three new things to try tonight!<br><br>
i just got him to nap, and the lavender oil in the oil burner in his room helped him (and me!!) calm down quite a bit.<br><br>
will do the steam room treatment tonight.<br>
we need the sleep.<br>
did i mention i'm also 9 months pregnant? gosh, we really need the sleep!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I don't know if these this will work for a toddler but whenever I was sick with colds or allergies/sinus issues (all the time as a kid) I;<br><br>
a) slept on the couch with pillows on the arm, head on the pillows, so basically a seated position.<br><br>
b) slept with a hot wet face cloth over my nose.<br><br>
I find the annoying thing about being stuffed up is that you are constantly trying to breathe through your nose, which is frustrating and often makes you feel worse. By putting the cloth over, you automatically breathe through your mouth and the heat/wet is comforting. Again I don't know how appropriate that would be for a toddler, I haven't had to try it.<br><br>
Hopefully he'll be better soon.
 

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Ugh, nights can be rotten with a lo having stuff/runny noses.<br>
I like to use the baby vicks on him and saline. I can't remember if it was Vicks or not, but they have the little plug in thing too that seemed to help some the one time we tried it.<br>
I also use a humidifier.
 
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