Oct 23

6 Ways to Help Relieve Your Baby’s Stuffy Nose

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Macks woke up shortly after I put him down for bed last night. This happens often and I usually just go into his room, nurse him and rock him as he falls back asleep. But last night, as I sat in his rocker and tried to feed him, he refused. I quickly switched him over to the other side and it was the same thing. In eight months, this was the first time that he flat out refused to nurse.

I kept trying to get him to nurse and as that was happening he was getting more and more frustrated that he couldn’t. He quickly started crying and deep down I wanted to as well. A part of me started getting worried, in fear that something was wrong.

As soon as I turned on the lights I saw that he had snot running all down his nose. He was so frustrated before that it was hard for me to notice that he was breathing compeltely out of his mouth. His nose was stuffed up and it was the onset of Macks’ first cold of the season. MacKay was sick last week, so I guess it was only a mattter of time before one of the kids got it.

Of course this isn’t the first time a cold has taken over our household, so I immediately went into sick baby mode. Unfortunately there really isn’t anything I can do to make the cold go away, so my first priority was to make Macks as comfortable as possible so that he could soon be sleeping soundly and free of congestion.

Here are six things I always do to help releive my kids’ stuffy nose:

Saline Drops: Don’t underestimate the power of saline drops. The first thing I did was run to our medicine cabinet and grabbed the Little Remedies For Noses Saline Drops. I’ve used this since Harlan was born and it’s always my go-to. It’s a non-medicated formula that help loosen the mucus so that I can help get it out. It also moistens the nasal passages so that I can prevent dry irritation and the dreaded red nose that usually comes with a cold.

Cool Mist Humidifier: This is a staple in every bedroom during the fall and winter seasons. I fill it up every night before the kids go to bed and let it run all the time. The air can get very dry during this time of year, so this helps with adding moisture. The added moisture also helps for congestion, runny noses, and helps soothe a cough.

Raise the Mattress: For proper drainage, I always make sure that the kids are in an elevated position. There is nothing worse than trying to sleep at night, but you can’t because you are having a hard time breathing from your nose. To help them sleep better at night, I’ll grab some pillows or blankets and put them under the mattress on one end. This helps raise it slightly enough for him to sleep better at night.

Nasal Aspirator: Since baby’s don’t know how to blow their nose, we have to help aid them in getting the mucus out. A nasal aspirator is a safe and gentle way of helping relieve their stuffy noses. Shortly after putting in the saline (which helps loosen the mucus,) I grab the nasal aspirator and suction out the mucus. I love that the Little Remedies Stuffy Nose Kit comes with everything you need to help relieve their stuffy nose. The bulb aspirator has a soft angled tip to help you suction the mucus out, but my favorite part is that it comes off so that you can wash and disinfect the bulb after each use.

Use Steam: To really help moisten their nasal passages, I’ll turn on the shower and let the bathroom fill with steam. I’ll then sit in there with them so that they can breathe in the moist air. This has been very helpful in quickly relieving congestion.

Keep them Hydrated: Last night Macks didn’t want to nurse because he was having a hard time breathing out of his nose. By nursing, he was unable to breathe at all. When your little one is sick, it’s always important to keep them hyrated, especially if they want to refuse. I woke Macks up a couple of times last night for some late night nursing sessions to help make sure that he had enough nutrients and help fight off the cold.

What are your go-tos to help fight a stuffy nose?

{This post is sponsored by Little Remedies. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for your support!} 

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Oct 22

Macks: Month 8

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Does he look chubbier? Because he is! :) Macks had an incredible month filled with so many milestones!

After a month long initiative including weekly visits to his pediatrician and lactation consultant, Macks weight is up! He gained over a pound this month and I was so happy with the results, I left our last weight check in tears (of joy.) He’s eating oatmeal mixed with breast milk in the morning and evening and has either a fruit or vegetable for lunch. That mixed with our regular nursing sessions is what’s helping him pack on the pounds.

It’s funny because as we were working on his weight gain, MacKay picked him up and kept insisting that he was getting heavier. Not wanting to get my hopes up, I just nodded. But sure enough he was getting heavier. I don’t think I could be happier to see those little leg rolls.

And with the weight gain, Macks was also in a hurry to grow up this month. He’s crawling, had his bottom two teeth that sprouted, and is pulling himself up on nearly everything in our house. I mentioned last month he was on the brink of being mobile and boy is he. He will not stop moving. At least he’s keeping me on my toes.

He is sleeping much better and is so happy now that he’s on the move and can go anywhere he pleases. The girls are loving his mobility and are constantly on the floor with him crawling around. Although these moments of him growing are filled with fun, it’s also bittersweet. We love you Macks!

And onto month nine!

 

{Month One :: Month Two :: Month Three :: Month Four :: Month Five :: Month Six :: Month Seven}

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Oct 20

The Wild Child

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Macks just started crawling a couple of weeks ago. He’s been trying to for so long and everything finally clicked for him. But now that he’s moving, he doesn’t stop.

When the girls started crawling, it was much more subtle. They moved a little bit and would then stop and play. They didn’t explore the apartment much, which made it incredibly easy. I’m not sure if it’s becuase we have so much more space, or because Macks just loves to be on the move, but this kid is into everything.

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The second that he started crawling I drove to the store to buy as many baby proofing items that I could find. I came home, baby proofed and within minutes this kid had taken off every single corner protector on the television stand. I even went and attached it with duct tape and he still managed to take it off.

I completely understand now when I hear moms say that they burn most of their calories running after their little ones. As soon as I sit down is the same moment that Macks decides to book it to the kitchen in search of the dog bowl.

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Within hours of him officially crawling, he was already finding places around the house to pull himself up. Most of the time he likes to try climbing up the walls (literally.) The situation usually ends badly because he can’t do it, but that doesn’t stop him from trying over and over again.

He succeeded at getting his first black eye on Saturday after rushing over to the refrigerator when it was open and attempting to pull himself up on the shelf. He fell and his eye bumped the shelf on the way down. For as bad as it looked, he took it like a champ and hardly cried. I was probably more hurt than he was. If it only took him a week to get a black eye, I have a feeling we will be seeing many more in our future. This kid is fearless.

For all of the ease that the girls gave me when they became mobile, Macks is paying it back tenfold. The beauty of motherhood is that with each child, the experience is always new. The second you think that you have it figured out or think you know what’s coming next, that little one throws you for a loop.

I am embracing this new stage of my little wild child. It’s made him become much more independent and he’s so happy to be able to do a little bit more on his own and join his sisters in on all of the fun. He’s keeping me on my toes, but that’s exactly where I want to be.

 

 

 

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Oct 15

Let’s Talk About It

Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Rememberance Day and I’m sharing my story of loss and why I had to speak out about it.

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