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A friend of mine is going through one of the toughest parts of being a new mom- when your baby is sick for the first time.
True, it’s just a cold, but “just a cold” can sometimes be the worst. There’s no medicine your child can take when she is that young and sometimes the cold can linger for weeks.
So what are your options for infant cold remedies?When Lilly had her first cold, she was right around three months old. She was super-congested and seemed, to me, really uncomfortable. She stopped nursing as much and was having trouble sleeping.
According to the nurse at my doctor’s office, the only thing I could do was prop the crib mattress up with a pillow, use a humidifier, and suck the snot out of her nose with saline drops and a suction bulb.
(When I asked about using Baby Vick’s Vapo Rub, she said that was a definite NO…something about it possibly causing respiratory illnesses in children under 2.)
None of that sounded very helpful, but I still tried it. I’m sure propping the mattress helped, just because when you’re congested, it’s easier to breathe if your head is elevated. My husband swore that the humidifier was helping, because it kept her nasal passages moist.
I, on the other hand, was under the impression that we would want to dry up her snotty, clogged nasal passages. (Still unclear about this one.)
Infant Cold Remedies
Since I wasn’t able to use my trusty standby Vick’s, I found a safer alternative: California Baby makes a whole host of products for babies with a cold or the flu. I bought the Eucalyptus Ease Bubble Bath and gave Lilly several bubble baths each day with the soothing vapors. You can buy this on Amazon or some Targets sell them (mine does), and I believe some drugstores do, too.
I liked to fill a bowl with boiling water plus the eucalyptus oil drops in Lilly’s room during her nap, so she could take in the vapors while she was resting. Again, my husband and I disagreed on this, also. He thought the scent of eucalyptus oil was too powerful, because it bothered him. I thought it smelled fine, but you can alter the number of drops you use to make the aroma stronger or weaker.
We use Simply Saline for Babies, too. Just a small squirt up the nostril and supposedly it soothes your child’s nasal passages.
I’m not sure if any of these cold remedies actually worked, but they at least made me feel a little less helpless. It always helps to feel like you’re doing something, and making baby comfortable is really all you can do during a cold.
Until she is old enough that the doctor says those magic words, “You can give her Benadryl now.” Hallelujah!
Update: I recently tried out some Maty’s products and wanted to add one to this post:
- Maty’s All Natural Baby Chest Rub–used this for the first time this week when my son was congested. I really think it helped soothe him, plus it smells fabulous and doesn’t contain menthol.
Do you have any cold remedies that worked for your kids when they were sick?
Get more advice in Helpful Tips for When You Have Sick Kids.