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    Default need help for my stuffy baby

    i feel so bad dd can't breath through her nose really well and is really not herself at all... she is only running a low grade fever, 99.1 under the arm (her normal is 98.8) here is where i need some suggestions... she usually nurses at 10 or 10:30 before bed... well it is 10:45 and i only got her to take a few swiggs. DH suggested pumping and giving a bottle so that i could hold her upright more (she has about 4 bottles a week so that isn't an issue, well maybe coming from me it would be) she is falling asleep and i don't want to get engourged and i'm thinking that laying down nursing wont be good for the stuffy nose either... ggrrr i hate that she is sick so what should i do?? could, in some odd way, DH be right? would a bottle be easier for her to take??? she didn't have a problem with the one she took from my mom earlier...


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    Default Re: need help for my stuffy baby

    My little guy had a cold in Feb. He also had trouble laying down, but nursing seemed to help (we just did a lot more with him sitting more upright). It also seemed to help when I put saline drops in his nose before nursing. Sometimes I had to suck out his nose with that blue nasal aspirator (the "nose sucker" as we call it) we got when he was born. But I think just the saline helped soften it all up.

    Nursing beats bottles for clearing noses--more suction means better at clearing the nasal passages, I think. Not that a bottle would hurt that much, but it probably isn't going to be any better.
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    Try steam showers... run the shower on hot and take the baby in the shower or hold her near the tub and let the bathroom get all steamy... shoot some breastmilk up her nose- REALLY. Squeeze your nipples and spray it in or pump a bit out and shoot it up her noise. It will help to clear it out and heal the nasal passages. ALso you can squirt saline up there and then try to suck out some boogies with a bulb syringe.
    I would stick with the nursing instread of a bottle- you can try nursing laying down or her elevated on a pillow- she will let you know its its not working for her.

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    You could rub a little "Vicks Baby Rub" on your LO's upper chest... (this stuff has ingredients like eucalyptus & rosemary in it, no medicine...) But it has a nice, vaporizing scent to it that can help break up sinus congestion. I have also heard rubbing some on the soles of their feet, then putting socks on over it helps (haven't actually tried that one yet.)

    You could also try using a humidifier where you DD sleeps, it also helps loosen the congestion. Also, try elevating the head of her bed...The saline drops do help, temporarily... I would put a couple of drops in just before nursing, then use the "nose sucker" to suck out as much as I can, then put her on to nurse right away...

    Can you tell we've dealt with a stuffy LO lately too??

    Hope this helps,
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    Default Re: need help for my stuffy baby

    Quote Originally Posted by buff24 View Post
    You could rub a little "Vicks Baby Rub" on your LO's upper chest... (this stuff has ingredients like eucalyptus & rosemary in it, no medicine...) But it has a nice, vaporizing scent to it that can help break up sinus congestion. I have also heard rubbing some on the soles of their feet, then putting socks on over it helps (haven't actually tried that one yet.)

    You could also try using a humidifier where you DD sleeps, it also helps loosen the congestion. Also, try elevating the head of her bed...The saline drops do help, temporarily... I would put a couple of drops in just before nursing, then use the "nose sucker" to suck out as much as I can, then put her on to nurse right away...

    Can you tell we've dealt with a stuffy LO lately too??

    Hope this helps,
    Buff
    I did all that when DD was a baby and OMG it helped so much..... Vicks, Humidifier, Saline baby drops, Nose bulb and steam bath....

    PS - Before you are going to nurse your baby make sure you clean her nose first

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    Quote Originally Posted by buff24 View Post
    I have also heard rubbing some on the soles of their feet, then putting socks on over it helps (haven't actually tried that one yet.)
    Tried it! It really does work! On adults too...
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    Default Re: need help for my stuffy baby

    Yep, we had the "stuffies" also, and I too used baby saline drops... and the "nose-suckie-thingy" (bulb-syringe) which helped tremendously before nursing. Also, at night we ran a cool mist humidifier in her nursery, and that for sure made a world of difference!!!
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    Default Re: need help for my stuffy baby

    A lot of good suggestions! I also put like a small couch pillow or rolled up blankie under the crib mattress to elevate it slightly. That way the yuckies are kept slightly at bay by gravity.
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