Originally Posted by Fostermomm
Ari is 4 months old (almost 5). Has a cold I think. Sneezing, coughing and just feeling rotten.
At almost 5 months, her immune system is more developed (which is why the under 3 months rule) and she should be okay to fight off a cold on her own. Like I said, 99.6 isn't really a high temperature. Just keep a close eye on it in case it spikes.
As long as she isn't having any difficulty breathing (especially when sleeping/laying down), isn't wheezing or having intense coughing fits (where she gets red in the face and short of breath from a prolonged string of coughing) and the temperature doesn't get higher, I think she'll be fine with fluids and rest. Try not to overwipe her runny nose, because it'll get chapped and sore. Vaseline can help that, if it happens.
She's still too young for any over the counter cold or fever remedies, though, so you can't give her anything on your own. If it gets to the point where you feel like she needs some sort of medication to get her through the cold, she'll need to see the doctor.
It sounds like your handling this very well. It can be scary when your baby gets sick. Just trust your instincts and don't panic.
Vibes your way. An infant with a cold is no fun for anyone. And, being your first baby (right?), this will be especially nerve-wracking for you. Hope Ari feels better soon.
Edit: I forgot to mention. A humidifyer in her room can help break up some of the congestion.