Nothing is worse than when your baby has a cold. It’s scary, especially for new moms and even the most experienced Moms can be jarred by a bad cold.
When Rayne got RSV at 6 weeks old, I was so panicked, every coughing fit had me in tears with my finger hovering over my phone ready to call 911.
I lucked out with Jade who didn’t get sick until she was 15 months old, but when she did it was 104 fever and a nice case of roseola. That poor child got her butt stuck so many times… Anyways, I thought I’d share with you guys my 5 must haves for when a baby has a cold.
If you’ve yet to build your baby’s “cold kit”, I recommend stocking up on the stuff you are going to need now.
Unfortunately, at one point or another, your little love bug is going to get sick. It’s inevitable. Trust me, it makes it 10 times easier to handle when you’re prepared and ready to go.
Not to mention dealing with the dreaded middle of the night infant fever without any supplies.
We ALL just got sick recently and it was not fun! I was so glad I did not have to leave the house to go pick up supplies!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. This information is not to be used to substitute the advice of a professional. Please consult your Pediatrician before you start any new health routine or administer medication.
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Must Haves For When Your Baby Has A Cold From 0-12 Months
- 1 Must Haves For When Your Baby Has A Cold From 0-12 Months
A humidifier is a must-have for when your baby has a cold, or any child and adults for that matter. We use Vicks Starry Night Cool Moisture Humidifier.
It has two settings one for sleep (that will last 10+ hours if you fill the tank up) and a Max setting. The sleep setting is a softer hum with a lower output. I tend to use the max setting (lasts 8-10 hours when the tank is full) when my kids are really stuffy.
It acts as a white noise machine, too.
The air is really cold, so make sure you don’t direct it towards your child. Jade loves the projector on top, which comes with its own on and off knob. It rotates colors changing from red to green and blue. You can use the Vicks VapoPads with it and make sure to change the filter monthly.
The debate on cool vs warm-mist humidifiers is always going on. I encourage you to do some research and decide what’s best for you. My pediatrician recommends cool, so that’s what we use.
The Mayo clinic advises against the use of warm-mist humidifiers around children due to burns.
Livestrong says: “According to the FDA, warm-mist humidifiers should not be used near young children, as they can cause serious scalds or burns. The FDA also outlines that a cool-mist humidifier allows for easier breathing because it helps nasal passages shrink, while warm vapors can cause nasal passages to swell, making breathing more difficult. However, not enough research is available to clarify whether cool or warm mist is best for symptom relief.”
The NoseFrida is the like the Tiffany & Co version of nasal aspirators. The box does not lie, it is a SnotSucker, literally.
It’s also pretty gross to use, but when your baby has a cold and can’t breathe you’ll do anything to help them. The NoseFrida is a must have, the bulb syringes are garbage compared to this. It does have a filter that is disposable and it’s “100% Hygienic booger catcher” their words, not mine.
It is also top-rack dishwasher safe. I put mine in a Munchkin Dishwasher Basket.
To use it, you gently place the end of the nostril cover (long blue tube) against one side of the baby’s nose. Take the red mouthpiece and gently suck. You can hear the gurgle and pull as the snot is being sucked out. My Significant other can not even do it, he gags. But once you are done and you see how much relief it gives your child you get used to it.
2) Saline Spray/Drops
I use Little Remedies Saline Spray/Drops to help loosen mucus before I use NoseFrida. Even if your baby has a runny nose I recommend using the drops.
You know how it is when your nose is short of a leaky faucet, but further up it feels swollen and “shut”. I like to wait at least a minute after I use the saline drops before I do the NoseFrida. Just to give it time to work. You do not have to squeeze the drops out of the bottle. I gently set it in a nostril and just tip the bottle up for a few seconds. If you turn it upside down you’ll notice it comes out on its own. I do want to caution using too much, just because it slides down their throat causing choking/gagging.
You do not have to squeeze the drops out of the bottle. I gently set it in a nostril and just tip the bottle up for a few seconds. If you turn it upside down you’ll notice it comes out on its own. I do want to caution using too much, just because it slides down their throat causing choking/gagging.
I am an anal wench about making everyone wash their hands before they hold my child. If someone even touches a light switch before picking her up they better march right back and wash again. They aren’t going to be the ones sitting in the hospital room trying to calm a baby that is getting stuck with an IV! (I may or may not have had a couple arguments about this..ha)
They aren’t going to be the ones sitting in the hospital room trying to calm a baby that is getting stuck with an IV! (I may or may not have had a couple arguments about this..ha)
Back to thermometers, I prefer rectal thermometers, as that is the most accurate way to tell. All you need is a water based lubricant and a thermometer cover. Most thermometers tell you NOT to use petroleum jelly/Vaseline for rectal temps. Petroleum jelly is not water-soluble and is recommended for external use only, in my opinion, it’s best to avoid it. Most of us have some kind of KY/lube laying around, obviously, don’t use it if it’s tingle/warming/cooling/best orgasming ever lube.
The new thing is the Infrared Scanners that you don’t even have to touch on their skin. Honestly, I don’t have any experience with one so I can’t say how well it works. It does seem neat. I’d love to hear from people that do use these. If you have one at home leave a comment below and let me know how you like it or don’t.
5) Infant Tylenol & Ibuprofen(6+ months)
I really hesitated to add this to the list. I am not a fan of either as acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause liver damage. Ibuprofen thins your blood and can cause internal bleeding/hemorrhaging of the GI tract. These side effects are not very common and come from prolonged use and or incorrect use.
If your child falls and hits their head or any other major organ DO NOT GIVE IBUPROFEN EVER!
“Aw, your baby has a cold? Did you give her any Tylenol?”
I am a believer in letting a fever run as long as it doesn’t go over 102. That is just my magic number, sometimes I even let it push to 103.
I do not give my kids Tylenol before shots, as it reduces the effect of the immunization. Dr. Erika Krumbeck, ND has a great article on Tylenol that I recommend reading.
That being said if an infant has a fever that is extremely high, like Jade’s roseola outbreak then it’s handy to have around. I was not going to let her hit seizure level, even if I am not a fan of either medication.
Make sure you get a dosage chart from your pediatrician to keep on hand when/if you do end up needing to use Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
6) Honest Company Chest Rub (3+ Months)
Have anything to add? What are your must-haves when your baby has a cold?