My son came down with pneumonia when he was about 1 yr old. Daycare called me at work my son was running a temp. I came got him, took him right to the Dr's office, and he sent us right to the hospital to get his lungs x-rayed. We think he had RSV. He'd been coughing and wheezing and I was at my wits end. His pediatrician sent us to a pediatric allergy specialist, and he was patch tested, but he had no allergies and no asthma. We used a cool mist humidifier, a nebulizer, albuterol, I can't remember what it was but some asthma medication for bronchial spasms given to him with a face mask which he hated so much and he slowly got better. I was so afraid he'd end up in the hospital in an oxygen tent, but since I was diligent in making sure he took his medicine (and his crying broke my heart), but not giving him his meds or giving up when he spit them out was not going to help him get better. I invented a hold where I could give him his meds when I had no one else at home to help me. I put a towel on the floor, got his meds ready next to me (got them into the med squirter, etc) put my son on the towel, then sat down with him with his head between my thighs. With my legs bent up a little, I could hold off his arms and legs, then use one hand to get a finger between his back gums (this was easier before he had teeth), then hold his mouth open while the other hand squirted the medicine into his cheek a little at a time so he's swallow and be so careful so he wouldn't choke. Sometimes he still managed to spit it up, and then I'd have to reload and try again if most of it ended up on the towel instead of in him. Afterward I'd hug him and soothe him and offer him his bottle to get the med taste out of his mouth. We got to the point where he'd still struggle against it every time, but he calmed right down when we were done because he'd know it was over. It's hard to get through, but their breathing passages are so small, it's very hard to keep the mucus from clogging things up. The albuterol thins the mucus so your baby's cough can be more productive (spit more of it out) - the goal is to get the mucus out. (So, cough sounding worse at first is a GOOD thing.) Ask your Dr about using saline (2 cups luke warm water, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda (NOT baking powder) with a bulb syringe to rinse your son's nose out every so often. Squirt a little saline up his nose, then use the empty bulb to suck it all back out, empty into a wash cloth and repeat. Baby will hate the process, but breathe much better when you are finished. It was hard, but the Dr and others said I did good and I did what I had to to save his life.