So, it was inevitable. Frankie got his first cold this past week. It’s day 5, and he’s already getting a lot better, but there’s been a lot of restless/sleepless nights, a lot of tears (mostly involving bulb syringes), and a whole lot of snot. Oh, and after being coughed in the face all day and night for the past several days, I finally caught the cold as well. Joy.
There’s not a whole lot that you can do for a baby’s cold, but I think a lot of parents have the urge to “do” something about it by using antibiotics or other medicines. I completely sympathize, but the fact of the matter is, those things won’t do much. Unless your baby has a high temperature, baby Tylenol won’t do much. And antibiotics DO NOT fight a cold. Do you hear me, people? Stop shoving antibiotics in your system. You’re probably ingesting too enough already by eating dairy and meat, which are pumped full of antibiotics, and now we’re getting super-bugs like MRSA. So quit it.
Here’s what we did to help poor little Frankie fight his cold the natural way:
Lots of hugs, kisses, and being held. I tried to never leave him alone, which he didn’t want anyways, and just soothe him the best I could. This is not the time for getting things done around the house.
Steamy bathrooms – we ran the shower as hot as we could and sat with Frankie in there for about 10-15 minutes. Definitely seemed to help his congestion.
We took many baths, sometimes twice a day, and used California Baby’s Cold and Flu Bubble Bath. Frankie LOVED this, and it helped calm him down before bedtime.
Suctioning out his nose, which he hates. Not just hates, but despises. We were using the bulb syringe (yup, the same one we
stole took from the hospital), but then, while I was at Whole Foods getting bubble bath, I found NoseFrida. What’s NoseFrida, you ask? Why, just the coolest device ever, brought to you by the fabulously genius Swedes.
NoseFrida is a tube that you stick in the baby’s nose, and then use your mouth to suck the snot out of the baby’s nose. NO, the snot does not go into your mouth. That’s gross people. But it does get much better suction, and gets a TON of snot out. Seriously, every parent needs this.
Frankie didn’t seem to want to eat much, and he pretty much refused most bottles while I was at work. I tried to take off as much as I could, so I could be around to nurse him, which seemed to help. I tried to give him water more regularly as well, even if it was just a sip, to help avoid dehydration. We also gave him some organic chicken broth for lunch one day, which he seemed like. It’s official: my baby is no longer a vegan. Not that he was going to be anyways…
At night, Frankie slept next to me, and we elevated his head with a pillow. Poor Tony was relegated to the couch, mostly so that restless Frankie could have some space, but also to avoid getting sick as well. Alas, us mothers do not have this option.
I bought a warm mist humidifier to help keep the air moist. Not sure if this one helped, but supposedly it does. It also makes an oddly soothing white noise sound at night.
We also used Vicks Baby Rub for his congestion. I have no idea why, but every website online tells you to put Vicks on their feet. I did, but again, I don’t know what this does. But, I’ll admit, I think it works! I tried some on his chest and back, but it caused a slight rash, and it didn’t want it to get any worse. I did try putting some on my chest, thinking that he would breathe it in while nursing. Not sure if that worked, but it couldn’t hurt.
As I type, little Frankie is sleeping in my lap, and breathing his nose with just a little stuffiness. After 5 days, he still has a tiny cough, but I think we’re starting to get better. Hopefully my cold won’t last too long!