Tips and Tricks: Dealing with a Cold


It is cold season. If your baby is the only child, it is pretty easy to avoid sickness (though it still happens). If you have other children, however, it seems winter life is just one cold after another. At least around here in our cold, snowy climate. Here are a couple of things I recommend for making your colds easier.

  • The obvious humidifier.
  • Another obvious (though it didn’t occur to me with my first) suctioning of the nose. This is good to do before naptime and bedtime for sure.
  • A propped up crib mattress. They sell wedges you can prop the mattress up with in many places. I got one from Babies R Us for Kaitlyn because of her reflux. We just slid it under one end of the mattress. If your baby is small, they also sell wedges the baby sleeps on, but I found that makes the baby really hot. This is a good idea in theory, but in practice your baby will likely slide down the incline. But maybe not. It is worth a shot. For toddlers, you can see if he will sleep on a pillow. You might have to go in after he has fallen asleep and place it under his head.
  • My favorite–Vics Baby Rub. It is by the Vics stuff and has a pink lid. You rub it on the chest and really works. I love it.

If you have any tricks of your own, please comment and list them. We can all use the help!

Reader Advice:

  • Salina said…
    I’ve also heard to put the vicks vapor rub on the baby’s heals then put on socks. It’s said to help coughing. I’ve never done this, but some swear by it- even doctors on Dr. Sears website.
    January 9, 2008 3:18 PM
    Molly Aley said…
    Vikcs Vapor rub is dangerous—-I can’t remember where, but I read a big article on it being dangerous to use on children under two years of age. Wish I could remember where that was, but it was a pretty compelling argument… On sick babies…HOLD hold hold hold and hold some more. Sick babies need lots of cuddling. My advice is to get a good book (for yourself) and read it a lot while holding the baby. 🙂 Warmly,Mom of 5 kiddos
    January 9, 2008 11:35 PM
    Jon and Melissa said…
    I do vicks on my kids feet w/ socks. Helps them not cough instantly. Also saline nose drops after you suction snot. I do at every diaper change so every 3-4 hours. Then 2 drops in each nostril.
    January 10, 2008 6:30 AM
    Plowmanators said…
    Melissa, have you every tried Vics Baby Rub on the feet? I wonder if that would work if someone were concerned about using Vics Vapor Rub.It is worth looking into; I would wonder if the danger is in putting in on the chest, or if feet would be dangerous also.
    January 10, 2008 7:38 AM
  • jennifer of nunablog said…
    I read an article on the healing powers of breast milk. It suggested putting a few drops of your b. milk into your baby’s eyes or nose (not sure about ears) at the first signs of infection. We know our b.milk has antibodies that work internally on our loved ones’ immune systems – well they work on contact too, killing the nasty germs directly in the nose, etc.
    March 18, 2008 11:38 AM
    Jon and Melissa said…
    I agree with the breast milk. When my son got an ear inf. I put breast milk in there to help. Never had to so antibiotics. I have my own 2 antibiotics right on my chest.
    March 18, 2008 11:55 AM

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4 thoughts on “Tips and Tricks: Dealing with a Cold”

  1. Hi First of all you have a gr8 blog. My baby had cold and cough last week and i just put a warm cloth on her chest for a couple of times in the morning and night.That helps to liquefy the cough and it passes thru poop or vomitting.hope that helps.

  2. Baby Vicks is different than adult vicks and it is NOT dangerous for babies. I read the same article and it specified that adult vicks was dangerous for babies under age two, but baby vicks is all natural and safe. Just don’t put it on your baby’s face or nose.

  3. Beth and Austin,Thanks for your thoughts. They have recently had stuff on the news about this. Vicks had a statement that said to not use adult vicks on babies, and pointed out that on their packaging they say to not use it on children under two. People just need to read the label. Baby Vicks has age recommendations on it, too.


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