15 Week Old With His First Cold

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JerseyGirl - September 26

My poor little man has nose congestion and is coughing & sneezing a lot. He always finishes his bottles, but today he has not. He was up two times last night (midnight and 2am), though he normally sleeps through the night. THE DOCTOR SUGGESTED USING A HUMIDIFIER - IS THAT THE SAME THING AS A VAPORIZER? I have the one that forces out hot steamy air. What else can I do for him? I'm using the aspirator for his nose and have his head elevated in the crib (though he moves around too much to stay on there for any period of time). Thanks!

 

MNMOM - September 26

humidifier/vaporizer are the same thing. Not much else you can do but give him some tlc. Hope he feels better soon :)

 

madison - September 26

my 6 month old just got her first cold too and she's been pretty miserable. thought she was getting over it yesterday but today it's back. she is sleeping through the night still but wakes many times but luckily she's able to get herself back to sleep. she has been waking up about an hour earlier in the morning since her cold started though....and a lot more fussy and needy! still eating pretty good. good luck, i hear they last about 7-10 days!

 

JerseyGirl - September 26

Just found this: "The difference between a vaporizer and a humidifier is a vaporizer delivers soothing steam to humidify the air while a humidifier delivers a cool mist to accomplish the same objective." OK, I have a vaporizer which is what the doc told me to use.

 

aliciavr6 - September 28

Jersey, you are right, I have a Vicks cool mist humidifier. It has a filter and air purifier? I'm so glad I saw this post because both baby and I have been sick and I completely forgot I had that! I'll have to fill er up with water and plug it in when i get home from work today. I think they'll all (warm/cool) ultimately do the same thing. Plus I think the noise it makes help her sleep. :) bonus!

 

aliciavr6 - September 28

I found this info: or safety, always use cool-mist humidifiers with children. Hot water or steam from a warm-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer can burn a child if he or she gets too close. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which helps ease coughing and congestion due to a cold. Warm-mist and cool-mist humidifiers are equally effective in humidifying the air. Also, by the time the water vapor reaches your child's lower airways, it's the same temperature regardless of whether it started out warm or cool. Another benefit of cool-mist humidifiers is cost. Cool-mist humidifiers are less expensive than warm-mist humidifiers because you're not paying for the heating element. If you use a humidifier, be sure to keep it clean to prevent the growth of bacteria and molds.

 

JerseyGirl - September 28

Thanks, Alicia. I've had a cold too, so taking care of me and the baby is hard. DH isn't TOO much of a help, but at least he was last night when I was totally zonked from the Tylenol Cold Relief I took. Baby and I both seem better today. WHEW. Hope you're doin' OK too over there!

 

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