5 Feel-Better Fixes
Keep your lovebug content till his virus goes vamoose with these remedies.
1. Saline drops and bulb syringe
Your baby doesn't master breathing through his mouth till he?s 4 to 5 months old. When he's congested, you'll need to suction his nose so he can breathe. Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt in 1 cup water to make a saline solution. Or buy Little Noses Saline Spray/Drops or Baby Ayr Saline Nose Spray/Drops. Lay your child down and put a few drops into each nostril, wait a minute, then use a bulb syringe to suck out the secretions. Do this before meals so your baby can breathe and nurse.
2. Steamy shower
Turning on the shower and sitting for a while with your babe in the fogged-up bathroom can help clear your child's lungs and nasal passages.
3. Cool air
It's unclear why the cold quiets croup, but doctors swear by it. Too balmy where you live? "An open freezer works too," says Luke Beno, M.D.
4. Cool-mist humidifier
The moisture it releases can help Baby breathe easier.
If your sweetie's fussy with fever, this can lower it and put him at ease. But save it for temperatures of 101.5?F or above. "Fever is how the immune system recruits white blood cells to fight infection, so you don't want to abolish fever, just lower it," says pediatrician Hernando Cardona, M.D. Always consult the doc first.
Originally published in the October 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.
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