Yes, OMB has been down with colds for 2 days now. Oh, all moms know how hard it is to take care of a sick baby, especially at night. OMB finds it hard to sleep longer than an hour. His nose is clogged and can’t breathe the way he would want it to be. He’d turn his side from left to right, and if he still not comfortable, he’d cry! My poor baby…
I’m breastfeeding him directly at night. His stuffy nose makes it harder for him to nurse. Fortunately, kellymom has answers to my problems.
*Keep baby as upright as possible. At night, try propping up on lots of pillows and nursing/sleeping semi-upright.
*The best thing you can do to help baby’s illness end quickly is to nurse often – that way she gets lots of the antibodies that your body is making to help her fight off the illness.
*Use saline drops (or breastmilk) & a rubber suction bulb to clear baby’s nose before nursing (if baby won’t tolerate the bulb syringe, then the saline drops/breastmilk alone should still help).
*Boil a pot of water (some moms use small crock pots/potpourri pots), remove from the stove and add a few drops of essential oil (for example, eucalyptus, sage or balsam), and let the scent permeate the air. This may help relieve some head congestion.
*Do NOT apply products containing peppermint oil, camphor or menthol on the face (especially in the nose) or chest of a baby or young child. There have been cases where the direct application of menthol or camphor products (for example, Vicks VapoRub™) to baby’s skin resulted in severe breathing difficulties or liver problems.
*If nothing else is helping, you might talk to baby’s doctor about trying a decongestant.
Taking care of a sick baby is hard. I think he got it from his dad, and then from me. It’s been 2 days and I haven’t slept longer than 4 hours! My eyes are puffy; my nose are runny. And I feel sleepy at work. Ugh!