Colds and puking

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  • Vortex808 13 Oct 2010 22:14:37 11,147 posts
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    We have had a puke-pocalypse tonight. Is it just our kid that seems really sensitive to coughing up stuff and setting himself spewing, or is this a really common thing?

    Does anyone have any tips to reduce it's likelihood? When his cough gets really rattly/watery we try to prop his bed up more, but it doesn't seem to help very much. I wonder if it's just the sensation and feeling of airways being blocked that sets him off. I read that babies have an easily set off gag reflex, but our lad's three and a half now so I thought it would have eased off.

    Yeesh. I have never rinsed so much slimy puke off sheets & PJ's etc before. Thankfully, most of his bed companions have been spared thus far.
  • DaM 13 Oct 2010 22:18:50 16,345 posts
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    Our 2yr old has always been like this. If we leave him to cry in his cot, he gets bunged up and chucks. He also spews if he eats something too big (he tends to take large mouthfuls...), or has trouble chewing something. We have learned to spot the signs!
  • otto Moderator 13 Oct 2010 22:30:29 49,322 posts
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    Yeah, commiserations, if it's any help it's not just him. We had the same thing Sunday night/Monday. Again.
  • Vortex808 13 Oct 2010 22:35:48 11,147 posts
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    Oh dear. Doesn't sound like there's much tips for this apart from to just let it run its course- Mostly over the edge of the bed and onto the carpet i guess!

    Braces for a long night ahead. Grabs a beer first.

    /Smells puke under fingernails.

    /sighs.
  • otto Moderator 13 Oct 2010 22:38:22 49,322 posts
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    Lots of towels on the pillow and the washing machine on standby. :(
  • Nasty 13 Oct 2010 22:43:18 4,784 posts
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    Our youngest did this a lot. Got a lot of gack stuck in her throat when she was poorly and just didn't have the knack of hawking it up, eventually gagging and doing a mini-spew. Nowt you can do really.

    Calpol and a cold drink to calm the throat maybe but beyond that, you're best off with damage limitation like Otto said; lots of towels, quick showers if they manage to get it in their hair and clean PJs on standby.
  • Vortex808 13 Oct 2010 23:02:25 11,147 posts
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    Towels are there, but we're running out of clean stuff already. Must make a mental note to buy even more bed clothes.

    He is finally asleep soundly now. Fingers crossed.
  • Dirtbox 13 Oct 2010 23:04:03 88,058 posts
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    I used to do this!

    Get him on 20 bensons a day, that'll sort him.
  • Khanivor 13 Oct 2010 23:08:43 43,059 posts
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    :D
  • otto Moderator 13 Oct 2010 23:20:45 49,322 posts
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    At least it's only coming out at one end. So far.
  • Vortex808 14 Oct 2010 09:26:39 11,147 posts
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    Otto, I'm not sure I'll ever be ready to deal with *that* particular scenario!
  • Immaterial 14 Oct 2010 10:19:05 2,069 posts
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    Strategic-placed olbas-oil-soaked hankies seem to reduce the snot/spew levels in baby C's case. You do have to get used to an infant that reeks of oil of wintergreen though.
  • Vortex808 14 Oct 2010 10:34:55 11,147 posts
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    Cheers for the response Immaterial. Olbas oil and Karvoll has been liberally utilised to minimal effect. It helps him breathe at least, but as soon as he coughs up some gunk it's a technicolour dreamland.

    I don't even think any chesty cough syrup would help, as it seems to be the lying down bit that sets him off when he coughs. When he's upright it doesn't bother him at all.

    I just have to hope this cold doesn't hang around for too long. At worst, it's usually a couple of nights of phlegm-induced puking and then we're in the clear. The tumble-drier's a godsend in these situations!
  • Dougs 16 Dec 2010 10:46:20 80,441 posts
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    1st proper cold and temperature for the wee man. He's got a hacking cough (sounds like croup/whooping cough but don't think it is). Typically the wife is in full-on panic mode. Calpol is bringing his temperature down every time so I don't think it's anything serious.
  • nickthegun 16 Dec 2010 10:57:39 69,101 posts
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    I think everyones got it. CHILD R woke up on monday night with so much clag in her throat, she tried to cough it up, failed and hurled. No sadder sight than turning the light on to see a crying little girl in a pool of gak.

    So many people have it that her toddler group xmas party has been cancelled.

    The mrs has it too but *touches MDF* so far ive been spared. Ill probably get it when I break for xmas...
  • Dougs 16 Dec 2010 11:02:08 80,441 posts
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    Aye, I can feel that familiar cold headache encroaching. I finish work tomorrow, so just about right. We visited by brother-in-law and his pregnant wife on Sunday but despite keeping our distance, I think he's picked up what they had. She was kept in for 2 nights with a hgih temp on Mon/Tues.
  • beachedvinyl 16 Dec 2010 11:21:17 311 posts
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    my eldest has it - phleghmy, snotty. she barfed into my cupped hands yesterday. nice.
  • nickthegun 16 Dec 2010 11:26:19 69,101 posts
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    Heh, the joys of parenthood. This week ive had sick in the bed at 3am, poop in the bath and a wee and subsequent singin' in the rain wee tap dance in the kitchen.
  • beachedvinyl 16 Dec 2010 11:32:26 311 posts
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    oh yes, youngest did a 'code brown' at grandma's on saturday, with her sis & two cousins all in the bath. only my eldest knew what i was on about when I called it - she leapt out while her cousins sat there and got bathed in shit.
  • binky Moderator 16 Dec 2010 11:35:13 10,652 posts
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    Yup, V has a nasty little cold too. Coughing wakes him up at night, but the sneezes make him smile, which makes us laugh every time. Calpoling him up to see if that helps, and a herbal menthol rub thing on a muslim by his cot at night.

    This + teething = much fun.
  • Murbs 16 Dec 2010 11:38:35 23,516 posts
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    binky wrote:
    a herbal menthol rub thing on a muslim by his cot at night.



    I hope you mean muslin? O_O
  • sport 16 Dec 2010 11:39:53 13,765 posts
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    :-D "Daddy, there's a muslim by my cot"
  • nickthegun 16 Dec 2010 11:40:37 69,101 posts
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    I did that slip of the tongue in boots when, naturally, an asian woman with a headscarf was stood within close enough earshot to give me evils.

    'Do we need any more muslims? Uh MUSLIN! I MEANT MUSLIN!!'
  • Dougs 16 Dec 2010 11:41:53 80,441 posts
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    :D

    I was made to ring the doc. She didn't sound too concerned but was quite strict on not over-doing the Calpol dose and to go straight to the Children's Ward if he becomes listless or temp goes over 39 degrees. I assume because he was prem.
  • Vortex808 16 Dec 2010 12:04:20 11,147 posts
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    Dougs wrote:
    She didn't sound too concerned but was quite strict on not over-doing the Calpol dose and to go straight to the Children's Ward if he becomes listless or temp goes over 39 degrees. I assume because he was prem.

    I think that's possible symptoms of meningitis isn't it? The listless and burning up stuff, not the coughing and puking stuff! We had loads of that again last week too. Feckin' super-powered nursery colds.
  • Dougs 16 Dec 2010 12:09:08 80,441 posts
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    Aye, that as well. It'll come down again soon enough I'm sure.
  • mrpon 16 Dec 2010 12:26:43 32,736 posts
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    Yeah my poor little blighter has a stuffy nose, what are people using of equivalence to Olbas Oil? (which can only be used after 6 months)
  • nickthegun 16 Dec 2010 12:33:30 69,101 posts
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    We used something, cutely, called snufflebabes, which is vicks junior.

    We also used olbas oil but put it on a stuffed toy next to the cot, rather than directly on her.
  • Dougs 16 Dec 2010 12:38:49 80,441 posts
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    Sure I read somewhere that there is a baby friendly Olbas Oil that you can use from 3 months. We've just got Boots-own mild Vicks-esque vapo rub. Must get some drops too.
  • Vortex808 16 Dec 2010 12:45:12 11,147 posts
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    There's a childs version and an adult version. I think with the kids one you can use one drop of olbas oil for 6 months and under. Don't quote me though. Our wee lad didn't have colds until after the started nursery at 6 months, so we were beyond that limit.

    We used to use one drop of the kids stuff on a tissue on the floor by the cot i think.
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