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Slime Part Deux - Elizabeth Unexplained
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Slime Part Deux
Margaret has now been sick for a good week, poor kid. She is bearing up remarkable well all things considered. One thing that falls under 'all things considered' is the fact that every time the poor girl sneezes a huge stream of mucus comes out her nose, and by huge I mean it comes down to her chest. I am probably overly concerned in a way typical of mothers with their first baby. Still, it's an improbable amount of slime to be coming out of a sixteen pound baby.
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jaedian From: jaedian Date: February 10th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
How sad. Sick babies are quite impressive in that way. Hopefully she will be feeling better soon. (have my own sick baby (well ok toddler) here too.)
psychohist From: psychohist Date: February 10th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
How long can she stay sick, assuming no fever, before we should start to get worried? The doctor was pretty impatient with Elizabeth when we took her in the first time.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 10th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to our pediatrician's web site


* Breathing becomes difficult AND no better after you clear the nose.
* Your child starts acting very sick.

Call during office hours if:

* The fever lasts more than 3 days.
* The runny nose lasts more than 10 days.
* The eyes develop a yellow discharge.
* You can't unblock the nose enough for your infant to drink adequate fluids.
* You think your child may have an earache or sinus pain.
* Your child's throat becomes quite sore (get a throat culture).
* You have other questions or concerns.
gryphon2k From: gryphon2k Date: February 10th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor thing. Hope she feels better soon.

If she's really miserable, it might be worth investing in one of those nasal suction bulbs, if you don't already have one. My kids hated having it done, but they were always more comfortable afterwards.
mijven From: mijven Date: February 10th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are you using a saline spray? My pediatrician is a big believer in using Simply Saline several times a day to wash the mucus out. (In an attempt to avoid the sinus/ear/yadda yadda infections. Or in the mouse's case - the croup and asthma triggers. He basically outputted adult-quantities of mucus which ended up irritating his throat or lungs, depending on where it all settled as he slept.)

You probably know all this, but other fun things to employ are humidifiers in bedrooms, having the baby in the bathroom when you take a shower (steam!), raising their head during naps (good luck with *that* one!) One nurse always urged me to take the mouse for walks in the cold air (with the mouse all bundled up in a sling under my coat. Thank goodness it was my first baby, as I would've felt exceedingly guilty taking a second, unbundled, child out as often as the mouse and I went for those walks.)
jaedian From: jaedian Date: February 10th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used saline drops. I often just buy the drop ones and tilt J's head back and dribble some in. She hates it. But it loosens everything up. I then use the nasal bulb after it started to loosen.

humidifier is good, especially at night.

If she is in the crib, you can put a towel under one end of the mattress.

Doctors are more and more wanting parents to wait before calling. There is nothing they can do for viral infections. I am pretty sure J now has an ear infection, but I will wait 2 days before going in, since they recommend that now for older kids. (over 2, but she is so close to 2)Colds last about 1 week, maybe 10 days.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 10th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, using saline and the dreaded booger stealer.
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