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23/05/2013 at 05:54
So P got my cold . She is only 4 weeks old today and its breaking my heart to see her so uncomfortable. She isnt feeding very well - taking about half her feed and then only going 2 hours which i guess is fine as she is just feeding little and often. Have given saline nose drops. Her temp is normal.
Anything else i can do to help her? Not sure if i should take her to the gp as she is so tiny? The NHS website says take any baby to the docs at the first sign if illness if under 3 months but what can they do for a cold??
23/05/2013 at 06:21
Prop her basket up slightly and room decongestor? We were always told the saline spray was better than the drops as they get higher up if that makes sense? Is she having wet/dirty nappies? If you're worried take her, even if they can't do anything they can put your mind t rest, or have you got any clinics you can go to to spk to a HV for advice?
23/05/2013 at 06:40
All of the room decongesters i found were 3 months+. I will give the spray a go and see how we get on. Just changed a wet/dirty nappy so will keep an eye on that too. I might gice my hv a ring first. Thank you! X
23/05/2013 at 08:23
Put her in the bathroom with the shower on hot so it gets nice and steamy that should help clear her nose a little bit.
23/05/2013 at 08:26
I was going to suggest the shower too. Make sure you change clothes afterwards though, in case the steam makes them damp.
23/05/2013 at 08:34
Another mumdrum lady (TSC) told me that if you use the saline drops/spray and lay them on their tummies this is far more effective which worked for us.
I wouldn't take such a small baby with a cold out needlessly so id ring the doctor first and ask for a call back because there won't be anything they can do. Keep an eye on her temperature and adjust layers as needed.
I'd also highly recommend taking baby into a steam filled room such as the bathroom with the shower running or id put boiling water next to Es bouncy chair so that the steam helped. Definitely keep proped up an avoid too much heating on in the house and especially the car because of the false heat. Pop some water above your radiator.
Our doctors wouldn't even let me buy saline drops for E before 12 weeks but I noticed on the shelf snuffle balm suitable from birth in sainsburys so that may be worth a visit to the chemist for. The vicks and calpol plug ins are extremely strong, they give me a headache so I won't use them for E even now she's much older.
23/05/2013 at 08:53
Oh how sad. It must be hard to see the wee one like that. I'm not qualified to advise as I have no kiddies but the steam does seem a sensible idea. Hope she gets well soon
23/05/2013 at 09:45
We have the calpol plug in (A has been snotty since birth), and we don't find it to strong in the bedroom overnight. Before we got it we were putting olbas oil on a piece of kitchen towel and putting that on the radiator overnight (recommended by our HV at about 6 weeks). We also put vicks in a bowl in the bathroom when we are bathing him, so it's in the steam.
Not a lot you can do though. We took A to the GP with his cough (that he's had for 5 weeks now), but we were told they don't like to give anything to babies unless they have a temperature, or breathing difficulties, as they have to build up an immunity.
23/05/2013 at 10:49
Thanks very much everyone. She seems to be a little better now we are up and about. I have just popped out to get an aspirator to see if i can get anything out for her. She is feeding now without too much hassle so i think as ling as her temp is normal and she is feeding it doesnt need a gp visit although i agree a call might be useful. Will sit in a steamy bathroom with her in a bit.
Poor little thing. I tried so hard not to give it to her but i guess it was inevitable really. On the plus side i got it on Sat and felt awful Sat-Mon but felt fine by yesterday so hopefully she wont have it long. She is being so brave. I was dosed up to the eyeballs on paracetamol and everything still hurt - even my finger and toe joints and poor P cant even take anything and she isnt making too much fuss at all bless her x
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