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Cough & cold in 10 week old

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Iwasthefourthwiseman Mon 29-Nov-10 09:35:54

My 10 week old has a cough & a snotty nose. She is too young for olbas oil or similar. Apart from taking her in the bathroom when I have a shower is there anything else I can do to help her?

Iwasthefourthwiseman Mon 29-Nov-10 10:34:24


PixieOnaLeaf Mon 29-Nov-10 12:13:58

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Iwasthefourthwiseman Mon 29-Nov-10 13:22:16

She's in a hammock, so not flat anyway. Will try the towel think. She's got quite a cough. Would you go to the doctors? I know it's just a cold but not sure if you need to be worried in babies this young.

PixieOnaLeaf Mon 29-Nov-10 13:35:37

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Iwasthefourthwiseman Mon 29-Nov-10 15:05:44

I have made an appointment for 6 tonight. thanks for the reply.

PixieOnaLeaf Mon 29-Nov-10 15:39:29

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Iwasthefourthwiseman Mon 29-Nov-10 18:38:33

Dr says she is fine, but right to take her as they can be susceptible to pneumonia & bronchialistis at this age. Given me a prescription for saline drops though. Thanks for replying

AllSheepareWhite Mon 29-Nov-10 18:56:55

Have you got a bulb nasal aspirator see here? Once you put in the saline drops you can then suck out some of the mucus that is affecting her breathing. Although I found just sucking it out myself more effective, but you have to suck gently in short bursts otherwise it can harm the baby's lungs. Once she reaches 12 weeks if she gets another cold/chesty thing this winter try the Karvol vapouriser, my DD (17 months) just recovered from a three week long chesty cold and having this plugged in at night did help as it produces vapour all night so that you don't have to keep rubbing vapour rub on constantly. Also sucking motion of breast or bottle feeding helps clear nasal passages, I find gently massaging from bridge of nose out across cheek bone when feeding can help clear sinuses further. When feeding try to elevate head slightly more than normal to encourage sinuses to drain.

Iwasthefourthwiseman Mon 29-Nov-10 22:31:29

It makes me feel better that you said you've sucked out yourself. I've done this with dd1 and my husband, instead of viewing this as a selfless act of motherhood, thinks it is really gross!

Iwasthefourthwiseman Tue 30-Nov-10 19:09:52

She still has this really nasty cough. Would you give calpol?

Iwasthefourthwiseman Tue 30-Nov-10 20:19:10


alibobins Tue 30-Nov-10 20:41:48

Don't want to worry you but when ds2 was 20 days old he had a cough and cold I went to the doctors 3 times 1st time was sent away with nose drops next day we were given antibiotics 3rd day we wre sent to hospital it turned out that ds2 had broncholitis and spent over a week in hospital on oxygen he was really poorly

In the answer to the calpol question yes I would give a small dose x

Iwasthefourthwiseman Tue 30-Nov-10 20:58:29

Not sure at what point to be worried, the dr said if she was breathing quickly. She seems ok in herself, her breathing is a bit crackly.

Can't find my thermometer, but she does feel a bit warm. I'll give her some calpol before she goes down for the night.

Thanks for the reply.

alibobins Tue 30-Nov-10 21:51:40

Ds2 started being sick after feeds and got really breathless when drinking he was also very quiet and sleepy apart from when he was coughing.
Hope little one feels better soon

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