Posted by Debbie on December 30, 2002 at 09:19:17:
In Reply to: Re: Baby with bad cold (Debbie) posted by Daddy Jon on December 29, 2002 at 23:33:49:
Are you familiar w/King of Prussia, West Chester, Downingtown, Phila suburbs? That's me.
34 year old mother of 2, girl age 2, boy age 13 mos. They're TINY...girl is 20 lbs...boy is almost 17!
: 31-year-old new father from near Pittsburgh, PA
: She's at 5 weeks and is 23-1/2 inches long and 10 lbs 6 ounces
: I'm 6-2, 200 in case you were wondering LOL
: : Hi, I know how you feel. You just love them so much and worry about everything. I have not seen your name before so I'll just tell you that I have a 2 year old and a 13 month old. Both of my kids have had their fair share of medical problems and my daughter who has Down Syndrome has a low immune system and infections could be life threatening to her.
: : When my son was 2 months old he developed a VERY bad cold and I brought him to the dr.'s. They heard wheezing and as regular medical protocol they took a chest xray to make sure he didn't have pneumonia (NOT LIKELY), but they have to check in a baby that young. The only other thing that they really worry about is RSV, which technically is just a very bad cold/flu virus that usually affects preemies (although most children get it and fight it off like a regular cold and you never know it)
: : I would not anticipate anything like that with your daughter at all. You can help her breathe better by having her sleep upright in her car seat or infant seat, but if you are anything like me, or any of the other good parents on this board, you will probably be up with her all night anyway...just looking!!! She will be fine.
: : Let us know how you make out at the dr.'s tomorrow.
: : Where are you from?
: : : Debbie, we have scheduled a doctor's appointment for tomorrow. This is our first baby, and we just love her and worry about everything. It's her first cold. I mean, there's no chance it's serious or could cause her to stop breathing or anything during the night is there?
: : : : If she has a fever, you should call the dr. right away as babies that young can not regulate their temperature and need medical attention for any fever at all. You can use saline nasal drops, 2 in each nostril and then suck her nose out with a bulb syringe....also, a cool mist humidifier in her room to help her breathe and if she sounds really bad or croupy you can run the shower HOT in the bathroom with the door closed so it gets really steamy and take her in there and sit with her for about 20 minutes at a time. Hope this help and she gets better SOON!!
: : : : : What is the best way to treat a baby with a bad cold and coughing up flem...? I don't want my precious four-week old to choke at night, and want her to be comfortable.