Yup, we’ve been hit with the cold that seems to be going around. And we consider ourselves pretty lucky that Peanut made it to almost 9 months without getting anything stronger than a little bit of a stuffy nose. But now, she’s got her first major cold and it sucks. Big time.
I never realized how hard it would be when you can’t teach a kid how to blow her nose. Or explain to her that even though a cold can be miserable, it’ll pass and she’ll feel better soon. When she looks at me – her nose simultaneously runny and stuffy, with red eyes and a general “woe-is-me” face – I just feel completely helpless. What kind of a mother am I that I can’t even make my baby feel better? Why can’t I help her? Add to that the fact that we just moved from Connecticut to Brooklyn and our pediatrician is still in Connecticut so we can’t even just take a quick trip to the doc to make sure she doesn’t have the dreaded ear infection every parent has warned me about (btw, what exactly are the symptoms of an ear infection?) and the fact that I work so I can’t stay home with her to hold her and assure her that all is still right with the world and I just feel awful. I kind of think that her being sick is harder on me than it is on her.
Anybody have any tried-and-true cold remedies? In exchange for any of your tips, I’ll give you the only one I’ve got so far: get a Nosefrida. You suck the snot out of your baby’s nose but you never actually make contact with the snot. Sounds totally gross -and it sort of is- but it’s totally effective and the best way I’ve found to help her congestion.