Baby’s First Cold

We’re having an all out SNOW DAY here in Atlanta – hurrah!  Gracie, Grantie Lucy & I are staying safe at home – and we had fun going to get provisions last night.

You should have seen the meat department!  The only poultry left at our local Publix was literally three whole chickens, a couple packages of chicken livers and two packages of chicken gizzards.  Yikes!  I’d hate to be the person that decides to eat that…

I had such a great time in the snow this morning with my little one – and, I was able to put the snow boots to good use that I had kept stashed for the last five years since our move down from Wisconsin.  I knew there was a reason I had held on to those!

Being out in Gracie’s first snow made me glad we had already had been through – and recovered from – the little lady’s first cold.  Early in December, Gracie woke up with a terribly stuffy nose and seemed to be feeling pretty awful.  What a helpless feeling for a parent to know your child is uncomfortable and to not be able to make things immediately better!

It was some comfort at least to have “Graco to the rescue!” as I was fully stocked with health care essentials in the event this very thing occurred.

First, an easy measure by the 1-second thermometer had me assured that there was no fever in my babe.  Then, I had seen video of my cousin’s baby LOVING the music-playing Nasal Aspirator so I decided to give that a try.

What Gracie says when I try to put SimplySaline in her nose!

I began by attempting to irrigate her nostrils with Baby Simply Saline – big mistake to try on my own!  With Nannie now enlisted, I gave it a second try… oh the screams!  Gracie was not a fan of this – but, as soon as the music began on the nasal aspirator, she became distracted and quieted down as I used the tool to clear her out.

I spent the rest of the day checking that fever (which never rose above low-grade, thank goodness), clearing boogies and giving my baby some get-well cuddles.  For the next few nights, a humidifier in Gracie’s room gave me peace of mind that all her nasal congestion wouldn’t dry up in there.  Within the week, Gracie woke up one morning stuffy nose and cold symptom free.  I guess I’m getting the hang of this parenting thing!

Before I run back out into the snow for some afternoon playtime, I do have a question for you all.

While I was Googling information about baby colds during all this, I came across a device that you use to suck out the mucus from your child’s nose.  WITH YOUR MOUTH!  Haven’t heard of it?  I promise, I’m serious.  Has anyone used this??  Does it really work?  How do you not transmit your germs to your child through this?  And – do the little boogers actually end up in YOUR mouth??  Please, do tell!

Photo courtesy of Layden Photography

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3 Responses to “Baby’s First Cold”

  1. Melissa January 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    We use the Nose Frieda and LOVE IT!!! My 2.5 yo uses it on himself!

  2. Bobbi January 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Yes I had a friend tell me about the Nosefrida. Was not sure at first but bought one & LOVE IT! It get’s lots more snot out than the Bulb syringes. They come with filters and the tube is plenty big so never got snot even close to the filter end.

  3. Tracey January 11, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    I thought the same thing when I came across a nasal aspirator on Amazon that you use your mouth with. Skeptical (and a bit grossed out), I ordered it and its seriously the BEST baby “essential” I own! It’s amazing… At first, I was so afraid of sucking boogies into my mouth, but if you hold it up-right, it’s impossible. Check out the how-to video on their website:
    I have bought one for every baby shower since… (This one is better than the Nose Frieda, in my opinion, because you don’t have to keep wasting money on replacement filters– you simply use a Kleenex. And once you realize there’s no way you can get mucus into your own mouth, you’ll find you don’t even need to use a “filter” at all. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!