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DD1, 4m, first cold - tips to make her feel better?

(10 Posts)
LateToThisBabyMalarky Thu 04-Oct-12 09:09:43

Poor little thing is all snotty & sneezy - is there anything I can do to help her through it?

Poledra Thu 04-Oct-12 09:13:29

Are you bfeeding? Breast milk squirted up the nose can help clear snottiness, and it has an anti-bacterial action. If not, you can get saline solutions to do the same thing. She probably won't like it much, but it will help. I also used to put some Olbas oil on the tissue and put it under the cot mattress to help her breathing.

Otherwise, lots of milk to keep her hydrated, lots of TLC and let everything else go hang while you cuddle your baby and make her feel better that way smile If she's sleeping on you, you can keep her more propped up to help the mucus drain.

PebblePots Thu 04-Oct-12 09:21:05

Put something under the legs of her cot to raise the head end up. As suggested above, karvol is a good brand of olbas oil. Put some on a tissue near her head when feeding as well to help her breathe. As well as near her when asleep.

I just wipe the snot away with a baby wipe, never squirted anaything up nose!

LateToThisBabyMalarky Thu 04-Oct-12 09:21:41

Thanks Poledra, she's asleep on me at the moment smile
Do those nose suction things work?

HarlettOScara Thu 04-Oct-12 09:32:47

My 3 month old DD has a cold at the minute too...caught it off me, unfortunately sad

We have put a rolled up towel under her cot mattress to elevate her head a little and put Karvol on a bib and hung it on the cot (well out of her reach). I've also got a bowl of water with a few drops of olbas oil sitting on the liing room radiator.

The first night DD came down with it, she woke herself up in distress because she was struggling to breathe. I took her into the bathroom and ran the shower to fill the room with steam. It eased her breathing enough for her to fall asleep on me.

She seems quite comfy in her bouncy chair because she's a bit more upright.

I haven't found the nasal suction thing any use at all and I'm not convinced as to the effectiveness of the saline nasal spray either.

HarlettOScara Thu 04-Oct-12 09:36:40

Love your username, by the way...sums me up nicely too smile

And just contemplating the logistics of suirting BM up DD's nose...I don't think I'm a good enough shot and would likely end up in the poor child's eye...

Poledra Thu 04-Oct-12 09:42:22

I did try one of those nose suction things, but all my babies really hated them and I'm not convinced they made much difference.

Also, I couldn't squirt straight from the boob either - I expressed some milk and used a clean dropper smile I have used milk straight from the cow boob into the eye to clear up gunky eyes, though.

I think I'm coming over as distinctly odd here...

Grumpla Thu 04-Oct-12 09:44:54

Calpol do a plug-in nightlight with diffuser thingy. Has little pads soaked in vapour oil stuff to ease breathing. I am really tight so re-soak them in olbas oil a few times as well smile

Steam definitely good if she gets really bunged up. Bowl of boiling water with a few drops of olbas oil set near cot (obviously WELL out of reach) helps too.

LateToThisBabyMalarky Thu 04-Oct-12 09:46:14

Thanks PebblePots & Harlett, it's a trip to Boots later I think!
I feel so sorry for her sad

Hope your DD feels better soon Harlett (and you too!)

LateToThisBabyMalarky Thu 04-Oct-12 09:55:02

I'm not bf so I won't be trying those particular tips...! wink

Thanks Grumpla!

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