Monday, February 11, 2008

Fluids A Flowin

I have discovered over the weekend of exactly what I want to do in my next life, or if I should live to be the ripe old age of 150. I have decided that I am going to make a contribution to the world that will forever change the life of parents: the snot eliminator. It amazes me with the miracle of modern medicine at how very little there is out there to help alleviate the discomfort of colds in babies and infants. What little there was, has now been yanked off the shelves across North America mostly due to the incompetance of other parents being irresponsible and not following directions and doctors who likely had babies so long ago that they have forgotten the painful task of caring for a sick child. I am likely in the minority in believing that decongestants do work in babies but I am also in the minority where Tylenol Infant Cold DID help both of my children with their excessive snotty noses.

Our household has been under attack by the evil snot bug; rhe little man and I also have snotty noses and nice head colds and we feel like we have to sneak our comfort medicines without Masyn looking because we feel so guilty that there is medicine that helps us and nothing for her. So, here I am left dealing with a MISERABLE baby who just can't seem to understand the concept of blowing her nose and the immediate gratification one gets from it. Perhaps I need a little brushing up on my baby babble or even my charades techniques because my message is certainly meeting more than a little resistance. I guess until I can learn how to perfect these, I will just have to use the tools that have been suggested by top pediatricians:

Nasal drops: CHECK Nasal Aspirator: CHECK (which by the by is currently being NOT recommended by pediatricians because parents get too aggressive with the tool and end up damaging the nasal tissues within the baby's nose) Elevated bed: CHECK Baby Vapour Rub: CHECK Vapourizor: CHECK (Warm and Cold; I have both) Baby Tylenol: CHECK Steamy Warm Baths: CHECK Lots of comforting TLC: CHECK (except when Mommy is running on two hours of sleep, then the first minute is Mommy trying to get her irritation under control).

Hmmm .... from the looks of it, I seem to be relatively well prepared when reviewing the list above. So, how come NOTHING is working? Sigh .... does anyone else has a tried and tested true cure to help babies overcome snotty noses? If so, please share with me!!

In the meantime, we will attempt to not drown the in overflow of snot in this house. It is a good thing that Kaelen has a life jacket, Masyn an inflatable baby perserver and I my bronze cross badge ......

7 comments:

Jenn said...

Eeww! I don't have any good ideas for you. I do agree that it's stupid that most parents don't do things properly and so things are removed. Good thing we have some extra's stocked up =) Most of the time the nose aspirator thingy works for Lucas. Good luck, and remember this too shall pass....

Jenn

mom on a mission said...

I'd just say...keep the kleenex handy. Very comforting, I know...
Trish

Anonymous said...

You should consider a Nosefrida aspirator instead, Dr Sears recommends it because it does not injure the nose like the bulb. Works like a charm and keeps the nose clear for hours.

Goofball said...

my mom gave me nousedrips as long as I remember...I don't remember my babytime though.

Mike said...

Snot eliminator? Count me in.


Mike
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Sheryl said...

I'm guilty of using half doses of meds made for the bigger guys on the little ones because of the lack of anything good for babies. I'm feeling similar frustrations with the lack of help for pregnant women. Ugh!

Goofball said...

hey sweetie pie...just coming by again.