17 September 2017

When your baby has a cold

Babies with stuffy noses are the most miserable little creatures. Followed closely by their miserable parents. Audrey came home with a stuffy / runny nose after our trip to California (honestly, airplanes are just giant germ tubes) so here are some things that worked for us, in case you're in the same (sleepless) boat.

1. Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier. This is going to make a huge difference in how well everyone feels in the morning.  

2. Forehead and Ear Thermometer. You want a quick read option, and I liked that we could use this on her forehead or in her ear. We purchased a rectal thermometer for when she was tiny, but never used it as this is her first cold. I didn't attempt to take a rectal temperature on a wiggly 6 month old... 

3. We have the Fridababy NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator, but honestly I use the Baby Nasal Aspirator Bulb Syringe just as often. She hates having snot sucked out of her nose regardless, so I just do whats easy and fast.  

4. Zarbee's Naturals Baby Soothing Chest Rub. I love this option over Vics. I didn't put any on her chest (as she never developed a cough) but I did rub it on the bottom of her feed before naps and bedtime. My second place choice was Matys All Natural Baby Chest Rub

5. Dye Free Infant Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil works).  In a couple of studies, Ibuprofen provided faster and more long lasting pain relief in kids (vs acetaminophen (Tylenol)).  

6. Boogie Wipes, Unscented. I didn't want her nose to feel worse after all the wiping, so I bought a 3 pack of these saline wet tissues and was super happy with them.

7. Oh! But I did forget one thing - saline drops. You can find them here

And that's pretty much it! Since I am still breastfeeding, I personally made sure to hydrate and take lots of vitamin C so I could pass on along as many healthy antibiotics as possible. The only thing not included in this list is wine....and if your baby has a cold, you're going to need some wine.

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