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Cold Eeze While Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more
Cold medicines: Take one or the other. Do not mix them. ...Read more
Can taking Cold Eeze every few hours starting after you've been around someone who has a cold prevent you from getting sick?
Not really: Taking Cold-Eeze or other zinc lozenges won't prevent a person from getting sick from cold viruses. There's a lot of advertising for such over-the-counter products, with promising claims, but they don't really work. After being exposed to another person with a cold, one could get sick (if unlucky) or not get sick (if lucky)... regardless of whether one is taking zinc lozenges or not. ...Read more
Can I just take inexpensive zinc tablets to ward off a cold instead of the more expensive Zicam or cold-eeze?
Yes: None of them have actually been shown to ward off colds. Getting lots of rest and fluids is more likely to help than any over-the-counter remedies. ...Read more
Cold Eeze: Cold eeze is a zinc supplement which has the following potential rare side effects at high doses: sore throat, ulcers or sores in mouth or throat, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, chills, fever or marked fatigue. Some people allege it’s use caused anosmia (inability to smell.). ...Read more
Little gets in milk: Over-the-counter natural cold remedies have ingredients that may get into breastmilk in very small amounts. So, a breastfeeding baby should not experience any changes in behavior. The cold remedies can include teas such as lemon, honey, or chamomile teas. Some adults use lozenges such as menthol, zinc, or vitamin c. However, natural "cold remedies" may or may not decrease cold symptoms. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the cold medication and what is contained in it. The ingredients vary and it is best to speak to your obstetrician regarding the cold medication. ...Read more
Doctor can evaluate: Feeling cold may be related to some hormonal changes that lead to a lower metabolic rate and lower body temperature, or that lead to less blood flow to the skin (or to the hands and feet). These changes can make a person feel like she is colder. A primary care doctor can evaluate and also refer to an endocrinologist if needed. ...Read more
Hydration &Nutrition: Help the body fight the cold by drinking lots of fluids, especially water. Also a healthy diet will provide the energy needed to both fight the cold and continue to produce a healthy supply of breastmilk. Avoid over the counter cough medicines as these can interfere with the quality of your milk supply. ...Read more
Cold symptoms: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more
Yes: Pseudoehedrine is generally considered safe during breadtfeeding and very likely most effective for cold symptoms. It has been shown to possible decrease milk production though, so drink lots of water or fluids to help. It should only be used for short term, which most colds are. Phenylephrine is definitely safe and no effect on milk supply, but no terribly effective. ...Read more
I'm breastfeeding and I am catching a cold. What medicines are safe for baby? Also how do I keep him from catching my cold. He is only two months old.
Hand washing: Wash your hands with soap and water before handling. You may want to wear a surgical mask when feeding him. Babies had increased resilience when first born and the fact that you are breast feeding gives your baby extra added protection. ...Read more
Perhaps: Colds and viral respiratory infections are common, but does not mean a nursing mother has to stop nursing. Some mothers use masks during feeding if they are coughing a great deal. Others pump and have other family members bottle feed. In all cases wash your hands! Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Is it true that breastfeeding mom should avoid going out at night coz the fog and cold wind might make the baby caught cold?
Well, a baby: Should not be overly exposed to the weather, but properly wrapped and warm, the fog is not a vector of disease. Just be sensible, you can go out at night. ...Read more
Starting to get a cold, I'm exclusively breastfeeding my 1 month old baby what can I take for this cold and what To do so my baby doesn't get sick?
Colds+breastfeeding: Avoid taking decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (the D component in combo antihistamine-decongestant) as that will decrease breast milk production. Antihistamines such as zyrtec, allegra or claritin are fine. Your body is creating antibodies against the cold which will be excreted into the breastmilk. Your baby may end up with a cold but no need to stop breastfeeding. ...Read more
Rest, fluids, Motrin: Sorry to hear you are feeling sick. If your symptoms are caused by a cold virus, there aren't any special medicines needed. Your body will recover on its own, it just can take a week or so, especially if you are tired from caring for an infant! Drinking a lot of fluids, resting as much as possible, and using Ibuprofen for comfort (400mg every 6-8 hours as needed) can help! ...Read more
Safe Options: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen. Rest! Hydrate well. ...Read more
Considered safe: This combination med is considered relatively safe during breast feeding. Of the Coricidin preparations, the one without the chlorpheniramine has the least effect on decreasing milk volume. ...Read more
My 6 weeks baby has cold for almost 1 week. When will the cold go away. I don't treat the cold. Just breastfeeding?
Talk with your doc: With such a young baby, I would recommend that you talk with your doctor. It is generally safe to try Normal Saline drops (such as "little noses") to help loosen nasal secretions. Please contact your provider, especially if your baby is having difficulty nursing, or doesn't seem to be acting normally. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more
Can I take Alka-Zelter plus for cold and cough while breastfeeding? If not what can I take for persistent dry cough?
I had a baby in may and I am breastfeeding. I havebeen getting sick with colds since august. What can I do to boost my immune system?
No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet. ...Read more
Breastfeeding 8wk old. I have cold/allergies going on, as does he. What is safe for me to take while BF? His ped didn't recommend anything for him...
Wash hands: If you have a cold it is ok to continue breastfeeding. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands and avoid coughing on the baby. It is not flu season yet in Texas so influenza is not very likely. Make sure you get your flu shot when available (In Texas usually late Sept/early Oct). ...Read more