Settle a dispute : fresh air or stay inside baby with a cold
doadeer · 25/11/2019 09:45
10 month old has a nasty cold. Bit sad in himself but otherwise OK. Nasty cough and runny nose.
Person A: you should keep baby inside - stay warm.
Person B: it's good to get fresh air if baby is wrapped up warm
Which are you?
ToTheRegimentIWishIWasThere · 25/11/2019 09:58
Yes fresh air. But basically a bit of both- a nice walk then the rest of the day in snuggling
This. Fresh air will do you all good (air the house of germs too) but also copious amounts of warm snuggling.
The lavendar/menthol calpol plugs are lovely too (Put gaffer tape over the little light) . DS used to get a cold every time he was teething at that age.
msbevvy · 25/11/2019 10:03
An interesting article here about the lengths mothers used to go to in order to provide their babies with healthy fresh air.
They had special cages that were hung out of windows!
BendingSpoons · 25/11/2019 10:05
To me it depends on the symptoms. If the baby is coughing lots I think the cold can aggravate that, so I would stay in where possible. My 9 month old had a cold and we had to do the school run but otherwise mostly stayed in. I wasn't convinced fresh air would benefit him sitting in a buggy/sling i.e. not getting exercise, however it had some benefit to me. Also, he was ill last week when it was bitterly cold. This week it is much milder here so I'd be more inclined to go out.
feckinarse · 25/11/2019 10:31
I was a very wheezy, bronchial, unwell baby who spent time in NICU (not that it was called that in the 1980s) and our doctor scandalized my very 'no-nonsense' mother by saying "NOT fresh air at all costs, these are old wives' tales, and in fact cold air will make it much harder for her to breathe. Warm, slightly humid air is best when she's struggling."
I still had to go out with her and my older siblings, of course, because the dogs needed exercise. But I like to think it made her close the windows sometimes at night
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