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My 4 month old has her first cold :-( Any advice? Kayla&MasonsMommy 2 kids; Murrieta, California 447 posts
11th Nov '08

Saturday night her nose was completely clogged so I used the saline drops & the sucky thing. Sunday morning she woke up with a HORRIBLE cough. I immediatly called her Pedi and they got her in that day. She was fine and had no fever, he just said she had a sore throat, cough, and some congestion. He said to keep using the saline drops and a humidifier in the room at night. She seemed better yesterday, but last night she was panting and was having a very hard time breathing because of the congestion.



I did a little research online to see if there was anything I could do to help her. On the babies r us website I found these Vicks Vapor Plug-in's. Some of the reviews showed some parents using them on their 4 month olds. I put in a call to the Pedi before I buy one. Has anyone else used this before? I just think there has to be something out there! I can't stand watching her suffer like this :(



I also read somewhere that elevating them can help, so I stuck a small pilow under her mattress to keep her head elevated.



Any advice would be greatly appreciated. This is my first child and her first time being sick.

.45 Texas 554 posts
11th Nov '08

Keep that humidifier going and they have some vicks serum that you can put a teaspoon of into the water! My son was over his cold in a week! That and the saline drops work miracles but run that humidifier all day and night!

happy baby's mom 1 child; Ohio 19617 posts
11th Nov '08

you can only put vicks liquid in a "warm mist" humidifier made for doing so- you can also put baby vicks vapor rub on their chests or adults vapor rub on their feet with socks- said my pedi and it worked!

.45 Texas 554 posts
11th Nov '08
Quoting happy baby's mom:
keylimepie 1 child; Massachusetts 3527 posts
11th Nov '08

You are doing the right things - saline/sucky, elevation, humidifier. Try Vicks Baby Rub - it's a similar salve to adult Vicks Rub but in a concetration safe for babies. When my daughter had a cold, I would give her a warm bath before bed (using the Johnsons' Soothing Vapor Bath for babies with colds), and rub a little of the Vicks Baby on her shoulders and feet before putting her jammies on. It helps a lot. Also, when you take a shower, strap her into a bouncy seat or somewhere else safe and bring her into the bathroom. The steam form your shower will help break up congestion. Alternatively, you can run the shower and just sit in the bathroom for 10 minutes with baby on your lap. Steam definitely helps!

Ask the ped, but you may want to give her a little chilled Pedialyte between feedings. My ped has us do that when baby had a cold. It soothes the throat, keeps them hydrated (very important!) and the clear fluids help mucus drain out.

I haven't used the plugins -- just the rub before bed with the warm mist humidifier running (in my experience, it works MUCH better than cool mist).

Also, during the day for naps, if she will tolerate it and you can supervise, let her rest strapped into a bouncy or swing. The elevated positionis good for draining the yuck out.

Good luck!

SRQShannon 3 kids; Sarasota, Florida 465 posts
11th Nov '08

I am a big fan of the plug-ins. I have used them with both of my girls, and for myself when I have a cold too. I used them as early as 6 weeks when my youngest daughter got her first cold. Spend the little extra on the vicks one, not the sudacare one. Keep doing the humidifier, saline drops, and use the vicks baby rub too. They all help.

happy baby's mom 1 child; Ohio 19617 posts
11th Nov '08
Quoting Tiffany Lene':