Friday, September 4, 2009

Colds

I started snezzing and my throat got sore last monday and the next day it got worst. I took some medicine for colds and sore throat and I'm glad that it got better and I didn't get cough. Now, Tyler has the colds and I think he has sore throat too.  He is good at dealing with it too. I thought he will have a hard time last night but he slept good even if has stuffy nose. He was fussy earlier but he finally fall asleep.  It's hard when babies get sick. I start checking the internet about how to treat baby's colds and here's what I found out.

How should you treat baby's cold?

No medicine will make a virus go away faster, but you can help your baby feel better and prevent the infection from getting worse by making sure he gets plenty of rest and liquids. For babies under 4 months, that means breast milk or formula. At 4 months your baby can also have a little water, and at 6 months he can start drinking juices.

Since most children can't master nose blowing until about age 4, here are a few ways to help ease your baby's congestion.

• 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. 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 in which the congestion gets worse with continued use.)

• 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.

• Elevate the head of your baby's mattress by placing a couple of towels between the head of the mattress and the crib springs. Sleeping at a slight incline may help relieve his postnasal drip, but don't overdo it. If your baby is a restless sleeper, he could end up flipping around so his feet are higher than his head, defeating the purpose of the elevation. (Never use pillows to prop up your baby as they could suffocate him. And don't put anything under the legs of the crib because that could make it unstable.) You might even consider letting your baby snooze in his car seat in a semi-upright position.

Source: babycenter.com

1 comment:

OccasionalConfusion said...

Really useful information...BTW your baby is a beauty...Congratulations and thanks for visiting my blog :) I'll try to keep it update it so u'll keep visiting lol

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