Unbunging up baby

It’s winter, colds abound, and I guess we’ve been lucky that Fig hasn’t had one until now. The younger a baby is, the more poorly they seem when they get ill, I think; that didn’t stop me panicking like crazy about our robust little four-month-old when he started really struggling to breath on the way back from the Trafford Centre today.

He’d been a bit snuffly for a day or so, but in the heat and stuffiness of the car he began to wheeze quite badly, and of course, being a new mum, it was my job to be sure we needed to take him straight to A&E. Saul, happily, was the voice of reason, and once he’d dropped me and Fig off at home, he went to Tesco for some Snufflebabe products while I looked up how to do baby CPR. He bought the saline nasal spray, the vapour oil (I would have liked the inhaler dummy to use this with, but Tesco didn’t have one) and the nasal aspirator. So what worked?

We started by giving Fig some Calpol, then put some vapour oil on a damp flannel and put it on the radiator. The smell was quite pleasant (I might do it when we have guests…), and may, or may not, have helped Fig breath easier. What did help, indisputably, was the saline nasal spray. One blast up each nostril (it looks like it’s pretty powerful, but don’t be afraid of it. Fig was slightly surprised, but fine), then a good feed, and Fig was WAY better after half an hour. (Incidentally, Saul tried it too, as he also had a little snuffle, and said he just had a very gentle salty taste in the back of his throat, but it did actually clear his airways a little). You are probably advised to feed baby after using it because it loosens the mucus, and baby will then swallow it with his milk. Perhaps that’s a bit gross, but if you’re the parent of a new baby, you’re used to worse. Fact.

The nasal aspirator may have been an unnecessary buy – I think it may be for parents who are too squeamish to pull bogies out of their babies’ noses. I can do that fine without a plastic tube. What that says about me, I leave for you to decide.

Babies will inevitably get colds and blocked noses. I would say, if you have a new baby, or indeed, are expecting one, that you should get the saline nasal spray to add to the ubiquitous bottle of Calpol in Baby’s First First Aid Kit. Unless you live in Hawaii, you’ll use it, guaranteed.

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