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Cold Eeze While Breastfeeding
It should be ok.: Extra zinc should not cause any harm.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.
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.
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.