I pride myself on having a good immune system — I rarely succumb to sickness, and, when I do, my symptoms are generally mild and of short duration. While there may be factors beyond my control (do genetics play a role in avoiding/contracting acute illnesses like the common cold???), my healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet with lots of antioxidants from the vegetables, fruit, and legumes, minimal consumption of added sugars and processed foods, exercise, and getting enough sleep, certainly contributes to my general state of health. Well,
pride sleep deprivation goeth before a fall, as they say.
I blame sleep deprivation, stress, and all those snotty-nosed little ones at The Dude’s daycare for my current state. Unfortunately, this also marks The Dude’s first cold, and most of my tried-and-true cold-symptom-alleviating/duration-shortening methods don’t work for babies:
- Pounding liquids — You can’t really force a baby to drink more, and doing so is not advisable anyway.
- Hot tea with honey — NO HONEY for babies, or tea for that matter, really.
- Neti pot — not sure how old he’ll have to be before he can use this blue pot.
- Gargling with salt water (not just an old wives’ tale)
- Blowing nose, clearing throat and spitting, or other methods of expelling the gunk
That said, we are trying a few things:
- Administering saline nasal drops, as described here
- Using a nasal aspirator
- Running a humidifier
- Making use of the steamy bathroom
Strangely enough, The Dude seems much more amenable to the last two options. He believes that the first two surely spring from ancient torture techniques, thus necessitating the involvement of both parental units.
It’s only been a couple of days now, but I’m not sure that anything helps him much. I also realized that while I can observe some symptoms, like coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose, I would never know if he had a sore throat (which has plagued me) — talk about feeling helpless!