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Today's request for Advice.

Today, Katie has a loose cough, some nasal congestion and, so far, no fever.
She's taken a bottle. I'm going to try her on some cereal for lunch.
Mostly she just wants to be held.

So what should I be watching for?



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Apr. 6th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
Could be all sorts of things... I know... I'm so helpful.

My completely unqualified response would be some sort of cold or allergies. Best guess would be a visit to the doctor. Best case they say it's nothing to worry about, or they send you off to the pharmacy for some cough medicine.
Apr. 6th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Usually the big thing to watch out for is wheezing. That is what the doctors will always treat. Generally at her age most doctors won't put her on medicine for just a cold. Try to prop her us while she sleeps, either a pillow under the matress or put her in her car seat for naps. It could even be teething, because it causes all sorts of problems.

If she gets a fever or starts to wheeze I would call the doctor right away. Also watch her wet diapers and make sure she's not dry for over 4 hours.

As long as she'll take a bottle and is getting plenty of fluids she should be ok.
Apr. 6th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Doesn't sound like anything to worry about, especially if she's eating.

If the snot is a problem (especially while eating), you can use saline to rinse it out and then suck out the rest with a bulb syringe. A humidifier might help relieve the congestion, too.

Poor little bug. I hope she feels better soon!
Apr. 6th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Red flags to call the doctor:
- wheezing/difficulty breathing
- fever (whatever upper limit they've given you for her age, as I don't recall off the top of my head)
- lack of appetite/not nursing
- pulling or tugging at her ears
- waking up screaming after being asleep for a couple of hours (and keeps screaming every time you try to lie her back down)

Those last two, BTW, are good signs she's gone into at least fluid buildup in the ears, if not an outright ear infection. The doc can at least get her some appropriate pain meds for the ears, even if antibiotics aren't warranted; they will likely want to see her before diagnosing anything.

Saline spray or drops in the nose, then suction is a Good Thing (at least you can get stuff out so she can breathe a bit easier). Don't expect her to be very happy or co-operative when you do this, however. You'll either want to have an assistant to help hold, or you get to pretend you've got 4 arms :-)

Apr. 6th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Developing enough of a cough that she makes herself sick? Hopefully it's just a passing thing and by tomorrow she'll be her normal self and you'll be lying in a wibbly heap exhausted through having gotten up to check on her a time or two too often...
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