Being sick is no fun at all! Especially when your whole family is sick!
The Bammer caught a cold on Saturday night and colds are rough for baby’s since you can’t do much for them. We used a bulb syringe to “snort” as we call it, her nose as much as we can. But of course she hates it. So that’s always a battle.
She can’t sleep with her pacifier in because she can’t breathe through her nose and wakes up crying with snot and tears all over her poor little face! It’s so sad! And this is like her 3rd cold since she’s been born. Babies catch them easily!
And unfortunately, she passed on her cold to mom and dad, so the whole family has been sick. Runny noses, congested sinuses, all that fun stuff. Luckily the Bammer has been in such a good mood during the day! Such a happy little girl! And we went to her 9 month appointment yesterday and found out she even has an ear infection, but I guess it hasn’t been bothering her. What a trooper!
Nights are getting better as the last 2 the Bammer hasn’t woken up. Yay! But she still coughs a lot while she sleeps. So sad to hear! Doctors and licensed practical nurses are always there to help out, but there are things that can help at home.
If you have a sick baby, here are some good tips to help them get through it (found on Baby Center):
Since most children can’t master nose blowing until about age 4, here are a few ways to help ease your baby’s congestion.
Use saline and suction. Tip your baby’s head back and squeeze over-the-counter saline (salt water) drops into his nostrils to loosen up the mucus. Then suction out the liquid and mucus a few minutes later with a rubber bulb syringe or nasal aspirator.If your baby is having trouble nursing with a stuffy nose, try this tactic about 15 minutes before a feeding. He’ll then be able to breathe and suck at the same time.
- Apply petroleum jelly to the outside of your baby’s nostrils to reduce irritation. (Don’t use nasal sprays on your baby unless his doctor says it’s okay. They may work temporarily but can cause a rebound effect, making the congestion worse with continued use.)
Moisten the air. Use a humidifier or a cool-mist vaporizer to moisten the air in your baby’s room. Or take your baby into the bathroom with you, turn on the hot water, close the door, and sit in the steamy room for about 15 minutes. A warm bath can accomplish the same thing.