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Baby's First Cold

Poor thing.  She's snotty and cranky and doesn't understand.  I feel bad for her.

Her father has the same cold, but I don't feel bad for him.  1) He brought it home and gave it to her.  2) He's old enough to medicate the symptoms if he wants to.

I'm hoping that she hasn't inherited my prediliction for catastrophic ear infections.  Soon enough we'll know.  In the meantime I've unearthed the small humidifier from our bedroom and declared it gross.  Tonight I'll take it apart, clean it, install a new filter, and set it up in her room.  Maybe that'll help.  I hope so, since this will just be the first of many assorted viruses.

She also now has a savings account, and thanks to Grandma, is currently more liquid than *I* am.  That's disturbing, but not difficult.  But I figure it's never too soon for her to start earning interest.  Next I need to look into a 529 education account.  I think it's time to go chat with a financial advisor - I've got questions about those that aren't covered in the FAQs.


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Dec. 29th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Oh god...it's time to break out the "snot sucker". Perhaps the most hideous baby accessory that exists. But it really does the trick. She's going to hate it.

A humidifier is a good idea; you have to keep the junk in her head all runny if you want to keep her cleared out & avoid that ear infection. In my experience, a nice warm bath to loosen things up, the Snot Sucker, and plenty of sleep will pull her through quickly.

Poor baby. Poor mama too! Don't get sick!!
Dec. 30th, 2008 10:08 am (UTC)
Too late - I am now officially as sick as a dog. I suppose it was inevitable. Can't breathe, and a good raw sore throat from the drainage and the mouth-breathing.


She's already had visits from the blue bulb. She's none too fond of it. Right now I'm wishing it was sized for me. I might move in with her tonight - that's where the humidifier is. Going to put in a call to the doctor's office as soon as they're open this morning to find out what I can take for the congestion. The last thing I need is an infection and a perforated eardrum. Now if only plenty of sleep were an option for ME...
Dec. 29th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I've read that babies that nurse are less likely get ear infections--while they are nursing, at least. (My oldest, I can say, has never had one...yet *knock on wood*.) I hope it holds true for your baby, too.
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
Alas! The daycare environment tends to cancel out the benefits of nursing. However, they pick up everything that first year or two and after that they almost never get sick again. My friends whose kids were at home or smaller childcare settings (including my younger daughter) avoided ear infections in infancy and most other bugs--but as soon as they hit a group setting *boom!* they got sick. So it's now or later, I'm afraid.

The humidifier is a great idea. Another good trick is to bring her into the bathroom in a bouncy or car seat so she's propped up and leave her there on the floor outside the shower. Then take as hot a shower as you can stand.
Dec. 30th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
Yup. My boss' kids were each sick for about three solid years each when they went into daycare. But at the end of that time they had little immune systems of iron.

Unfortunately steam production in the shower is limited, as our water just doesn't get that hot - I always use straight hot with no cold mixed in - even for her bath. Perhaps Bob knows how to adjust the boiler, because I don't. The new boiler with a proper hot water heater is still a couple of years away. But I'll have her in for whatever effect I can get (we've always locked the cats in the bathroom for our showers whenever they get upper respiratories. If it works for the cats, it should work for the kid.)
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I got constant earaches as a child, some severe. It was probably because blowing my nose freaked me out so I never did it properly. My two sisters didn't have any trouble with ear infections but I always had 'em. Get the 'stuff' out of her and she shouldn't have any trouble with them :)

I can't believe there exists a thing called a Snot Sucker. Couldn't they at least have given it a name that doesn't make you want to throw up?
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
It's properly called a bulb syringe. (Google it, you'll be amazed!) Parents refer to it as a snot sucker unless they come up with something worse...
Dec. 30th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
I'd really rather not...
Dec. 30th, 2008 10:18 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, mine were all severe (pressure buildup resulting in perforation of the eardrum) and I got three or four of them a year every year until I was a teenager. We suspect that the eustacian (sp?) tubes are too "flat" - they don't drain properly. Unfortunately there isn't any way to verify short of a C-T scan, so we'll never know for sure. It's why I start to medicate heavily with decongestants at the first sign of a head cold these days. I don't know if I can do that while nursing, so I'll call the doctor as soon as they open to find out.

Yep - the good old bulb syringe. After a few months of dealing with the assorted things that come out of both ends of the baby - I'm noticing a growing obsession with bodily excretion. It *is* a very clear indicator of general health. Just icky.
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm really not sure if the day care is the real culprit. Katy had severe ear infections, and her first set of tubes at 16 months, and she hadn't ever been in day care at that point. And she was breast fed exclusively for the first 5 1/2 months, and continued to nurse until the tubes (and adenoidectomy). Annie had ear infections, though nowhere near as bad, she nursed, but was also in a group day care starting at about 6 months.

I never had an ear infection or ear aches as a kid, and I've had several in the past few years. (So I now fully sympathize with the screaming child.) So I'm inclined to think that there's another factor involved too.

Can't give any other advice than has already been given here. I can add for when she's older, that you should never let some annoying nurse give you the "you're the adult, of course you can get oral pain meds into your child" lecture. The last nurse who tried that one on me left the room a few minutes later covered from the waist up in purple tylenol. I have been since told about tylenol suppositories for children, which are actually easier to administer to hysterical patients.
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU for that bit of news -- I suspect that as V gets older I'm going to need it. She's already resisting the switch from medicine-dropper to mini-cup so strongly that we've gone back to using the infant tylenol... which reminds me I want to measure the dropper against the mini-cup and see if I can trick her out that way.
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping you all get enough sleep to stop at just a cold.

We also have had some luck simply opening the jar of Vick's Vapor Rub in V's bedroom -- next to the crib. That's been keeping down the coughing to some extent w/o considering issues of dosage for tykes. And Vick's also makes an "infant rub" which has rosemary & lavendar in it, so the result is less overpowering than Vick's classic. (But it does give me unfortunate images because *I* think of "cajun rub" for cooking...)
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