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STUFFY NOSE!!

ok moms HELP!! my 5 month hold has a HORRIBLE stuffy nose.... i've tried cleaning it out with the thing they give you from the hospital and not having much luck.... guess the worse part is he keeps coughing (i guess from it going down his throat) and then he'll get choked and throw up.... I have a humidifier going... and he sleeping ok... just a lot.. is that ok? i have some vicks baby rub... how often should i put it on????

other then the stuffy nose he acts fine... no fever no nothing.... oh and to make it worse theres 6 inches of snow on the ground so i the dr office isnt open......

Any help would be great!!!!!!!!! Thanks! sorry for all the questions at once lol if you cant tell im a new mom!

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AmberLou6785

Asked by AmberLou6785 at 12:17 PM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It sounds like you can't get to the store, but for future reference, they sell saline drops for babies at places like Target and Walmart called "Little Noses" for this exact thing. The nose-sucker that you are using won't help if his snot is dry, or his nose is swollen inside from a cold.

    You can make a saline solution at home, too for him. (I can go look up a recipe and come back). Then you just put a few drops on your finger and dab it on his nostril so it goes inside. It'll loosen up the mucus for him. Its just water and salt, and is totally safe. BRB
    SandyHack

    Answer by SandyHack at 12:23 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Sounds like you are doing fine. Make sure he is drinking his normal bottle or nursing. Watch that he is wetting plenty of diapers through out the day. The doctor won't do anything for a stuffy nose so hang in there and ride it out!
    khedy

    Answer by khedy at 12:24 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-use-a-bulb-syringe-to-clear-a-stuffy-nose_482.bc (See paragraph 2) and http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/90693/5_natural_ways_to_help_decongest_a.html?cat=25
    SandyHack

    Answer by SandyHack at 12:26 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • You can also try letting hot water run and steaming in the bathroom for 10-15 min, then our pedi told us to go directly to the freezer or in our case just step out the front door. We too used Little Noses saline spray and suckered it out. Try putting the baby vicks on his feet and then put socks on. Our pedi also said to not get alarmed when they throw up after a coughing spell that is the only way they can get it out. As long as they are eating and having a good num of pee pee diapers , you should be fine. Sorry and hope he gets to feeling better fast.
    TiggerNemo

    Answer by TiggerNemo at 1:02 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • THANKS GUYS!!! i did the saline stuff.. and it broke it up some... how often should i do it??? So i gave him some pedialyte cause he wont take a bottle... or when he does 5 mins later it all come back up.... thanks for your help.. think im gonna go enjoy a hot shower while he enjoys the steam!! LOL
    AmberLou6785

    Comment by AmberLou6785 (original poster) at 2:19 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Humidify for the sinus, a steamy shower works great here. He doesnt even need to be in the shower, just the steamy bathroon. Get a humidifier for him when you get the chance, you will use it for years to come.
    Elevate his crib mattress for the coughing.
    new_mom808

    Answer by new_mom808 at 9:14 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • You can do the saline as needed. When my kids are really stuffy, I usually try to do it at least 3-4 times a day, sometimes more if it's needed. When my son was born he had the same issue. He was so congessted, he would end up getting sick a lot, mostly at night. If you can try to let his bottle digest before he lays down. Since he was younger I would also let him nap in his swing or bouncy seat that way he was on a little bit of an incline which also seemed to help a little. Good luck! I hope he feels better soon!
    MomToLilAngel

    Answer by MomToLilAngel at 9:23 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

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