My wife is coming down with a cold that our son gave her. She is going to be home alone with the baby and would like to take something to help alleviate the cold. We have nyquil but are pretty sure that would be bad for the baby. So, what cold remedies can she take?

asked 12 Feb '10, 04:49

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I agree with what Meg Stephenson and brandstaetter recommend.

I would just like to add that plenty of rest, fluids and some natural decongestants like eucalyptus can also be really helpful.

I would recommend avoiding any house chores while alone, and to take taking naps while your baby is asleep too. Try to drink lots of liquids (particularly orange juice) and get some natural oils that you can add to hot water then covering your head with a towel, inhale the steam air slowly, this really lightens and soothes a heavy head.

Although I agree with the recommendations, and medication sold "over the counter" I believe it's also possible to remedy colds naturally.


answered 12 Feb '10, 13:24

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warning about natural decongestants - camphor and menthol are really not suitable for small babies: so you should be cautious about mum using them nearby.

(12 Feb '10, 14:10) Meg Stephenson

My recommendations seem to be agreeable with the link you have posted Meg, I only recommend eucalyptus and not camphor and menthol. Also your link suggests that camphor and menthol should not be applied to babies chests faces or noses. Your link actually provides tips for babies who have colds or congestion and not cold remedies for "nursing mums".

(12 Feb '10, 14:27) Emi

I completely agree with plenty of rest and napping when the baby naps.

(12 Feb '10, 14:51) Kiesa ♦

+1 for natural remedies over drugs. I've recovered about 50% faster since I've stopped taking cold medicines for the past 2-3 colds I've had, than I did when I was taking Tylenol Cold religiously.

(12 Feb '10, 16:34) Fun2Dream

@Emi, I really didn't mean my comment to read as a criticism of your post, your recommendations seem fine, I just wanted to warn not to be too confident about assuming that natural means safe for everyone.

(12 Feb '10, 18:10) Meg Stephenson

@Meg you are very right to point out about natural not being safe for all. Thanks for clarification.

(12 Feb '10, 20:09) Emi
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You could try looking on this NHS website that has drugs listed with advice about their suitability for breastfeeding mothers. You'll need to know the name of the active ingredient. For starters, paracetamol is fine.


answered 12 Feb '10, 11:29

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Ibuprofen is safe too, and has the added adventage that it is anti-inflammatory, not "only" analgesic.

(12 Feb '10, 14:29) brandstaetter

According to my research (German language source) and knowledge (I am not a Doctor) you can take Ibuprofen.

If you are unsure, give your doctor a call, there are enough medications available for nursing moms.


answered 12 Feb '10, 10:45

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edited 12 Feb '10, 20:07

-1: No reference ;)

(12 Feb '10, 17:18) Scott ♦♦

would a German-language page really count as reference? I add [Citations] everywhere I use English language sources, but I don't think more than 3% of the audience can read German...

(12 Feb '10, 20:01) brandstaetter

Yes your German reference does count, it at least shows us that you got the information from somewhere. I also just learned by clicking on it that Google actually has a translation application. I just clicked it and your reference was translated to English for me.

(12 Feb '10, 20:38) Tammy ♦♦
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