Before I share with you my go-to tactics for fighting cold symptoms (baby & mama friendly), I have a couple a mom-thoughts for your reading pleasure.
First, WHY. THE. HECK. DIDN’T ANYONE WARN ME ABOUT POSTPARTUM HAIR!? I mean seriously! Pregnancy gives you these luscious shimmering locks that stick around for those first few incoherent months with a newborn. Then, once you’re coming out of the fog, IT ALL FALLS OUT.
This is not an exaggeration. Literally chunks of blonde strands were pulling out into my hands when I would take a shower. I wish I would have taken a picture just to prove how startling it was. My already prominent five-head was becoming more exaggerated with the lack of hair visible on my hairline! I looked like I was balding!
Now, 9 months out and I’m STILL dealing with postpartum hormones. To replace all the hair that fell out I now have these teeny little baby hairs all along my hairline that curl and wave in the MOST unattractive ways. There are so many of them that it looks like I took scissors to my bangs and hacked them off like a five-year-old. I can’t deal.
So, if anyone has any magical treatments or tricks for dealing with baby hairs, I’m all ears. Please help me.
Now, Onto Sniffling Season
It’s winter. Which means cold (sniffling) season. This year has been particularly brutal when it comes to illness in our house. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t take medicine for the most part. I don’t like the way it makes me feel, it usually upsets my stomach and I generally just don’t take well to foreign substances.
So I tend to take the more holistic approach when it comes to fighting cold/flu/allergy symptoms – although I will admit there are times that a good spritz of Flonase help to take the edge off here in the Ohio Valley.
Then there’s the beebs. Beyond infant Tyelonol, there isn’t a whole lot babies can take in the way of cold medication. So you really can only treat the symptoms which really means just trying to help them breathe so everyone can get some sleep (HAAAA!!).
Here’s my comprehensive list of items that Little Foot (Little Man’s new nickname) and I use to help us take on our runny noses, coughs, headaches.
Baby Sniffle Rescue List
Boogie Wipes – I was totally against these at first, (“why do babies need their own tissues!?”) till I saw they actually contain saline and now I guiltlessly buy them and use them for myself too.
Infant Tylenol – for the slight fever
Little Remedies Saline Spray – use this religiously
Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Soothing Chest Rub – we put this on his feet too which results in bonus giggles.
Nose Sucker – (a.k.a nasal aspirator)
Vicks Vaporizer – this works for both Mama and baby
Cool Mist Humidifier – I have a love/hate relationship with this. I love that it helps him breathe but I’m also terrified of *gasp* mold spores! So, I try to keep it clean. Ain’t nobody got time for mold.
Mama Sniffle Rescue List
Neti Pot – people like to turn their nose up at this (omg I just made a pun and didn’t even mean to, bah!), but if you’re a mom and your own snot still grosses you out…I can’t help you.
Vicks Vapor Rub – nothing quite like menthol to prick-up the senses.
Nasal Strips – There are my secret weapon. Nyquil makes me groggy unable to fully wake up, but these allow me to breathe and sleep as soundly as Little Foot will let me.
Hall’s Defense Vitamin C Cough Drops – taste like candy!
Hot Tea – I can’t do Echinacea it’s too licorice-y, but I do like both green tea and chamomile
Wine…or Whiskey – just me?
I would love to hear your cold remedies!