Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ok Moms More Questions for you...

It is the day before Christmas Eve and Harper has a really really gross runny nose ( I am being polite since what I really want to say is really snotty nose).  She slept from, what did we say 8:42pm last night until 6:45 this morning.  I changed her diaper and then brought her into our sunlit den and realized her nose was almost completely sealed shut from dried... you know.  So I ran some hot water and moistened a rag and went for the ole' nasal aspirator -which she hates.... but y'all I am not kidding I aspirated so much mucous I don't know even how to give you an accurate description.  I aspirated A LOT of clear yellowy mucous.  NO fever, NO decrease in appetite, no real mood changes.  WTEFY book says there is nothing you can do for a common cold except hope it doesn't get worse. 

So here was on the 23rd of December and my message to the phone nurse started something like this, "I know it is the day before Christmas Eve and I know this doesn't sound like an emergency, but...."

I really don't want to have a miserable feverish baby on Christmas with no options other than the emergency room.

Welcome to parenthood in Winter!
Does all of this go away in Summer?

6 comments:

The Bean said...

It is much better in the summer! There really isn't anything you can do for a cold like that. Just alternate motrin and tylenol if they get slight fevers or get fuss from it. You could try a humidifier in the room?

Stephanie said...

Our house has runny noses too. I'm just hoping for the best.

Carrie said...

Sometimes you can elevate the crib to a slight incline and that helps the drainage. And warm baths and saline drops help loosen the mucus up. I'm sorry about the timing! But if she isn't showing any other signs you might just have a runny nose and not anything else. Noah would sometimes get runny noses when he was about to teeth. Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

Catie Murphy said...

I echo what the other moms say. Sullivan has had a runny nose since September, yes September, as have I. Ugh. When it is really bad and waking her from not being able to breathe, my pediatrician said to give her children's Benadryl, 1/2 tsp every 4-6hrs, and it does seem to help. We elevate her head and do the humidifier as well. Drs. don't seem to what to give much to little infants...Best of luck!

Madame Rubies said...

No, it doesn't go away in summer. Le sigh...

I think you are doing what is best. Maybe try a humidifier and some baby Vicks. I LOVE baby Vicks. Also, saline drops can be helpful.

Shea said...

Good luck! We've had sinus infection, ear infection and pink eye in the last two weeks - her and me alternating. So...it doesn't get better. Sorry. Great news, uh? Seriously, hope she is feeling better. I also found that the Baby Vicks vapor rub works good. You can put it on their feet - sounds weird but helps, or on their chest under their jammies.