M.T. asks from Oklahoma City, OK on February 09, 2007
2 1/2 Month Old with Bronchiolitis
I'm not sure if I spelled it right, but we took my 2 month old to the doctor with a very bad cold and cough. He said she had bronchiolitis. Can anyone tell me what I can do to make my daughter a little more comfortable & if I should calm down & not be too worried. I've gotten a vaporizer and some saline drops for her nose. We just can't get her to cough up the "yucky" stuff. Actually we can't get it out before she swallows it again. Help... does anyone have any suggestions?
So What Happened?™
Update!! Hi everyone. I just want to thank you for all the advice and encouragement I received this past week. It's been stressful, but I think we're on the road to recovery now. The vic's vaporizor work wonders! Eva is breathing so much better and smiling at every little thing. It's so much nicer than crying and coughing. She still has a little cough, but has a follow up appointment with the doctor next Thursday. I'm hoping she will be in perfect health by then. Thanks again to all my new "friends". I'm appreciative to everyone's willingness to help.
P.B. answers from Peoria on February 12, 2007
I'm very bronchial myself and what works for me is steam, get one of those new plug ins that are menthol and plug it near the bed and close the door. I think it's by vicks. Plus, I use a nasal spray at night. Blow or clean her nose out good before you use it. They have some ocean spray especially for children
J.S. answers from Tulsa on February 10, 2007
I know it sounds horrible, but take the blue syringe they gave you in the hospital and suck it out that way. My daughter is 2 and they just had me do it to her. It sounds horrible to do but that's the only thing that's going to relieve her so it's worth it.
K.H. answers from St. Louis on February 12, 2007
It won't hurt her to swallow the sputum...that way it just goes to her tummy, not her lungs...but I know it's worrisome. Try putting her crib mattress at an angle so that her feet are lower than her head. That usually helps with breathing and drainage. Sitting in a steamy bathroom for 15 minutes at a time can also help if she's really having trouble when she's feeding. Otherwise, just lots of holding, tenderness and understanding will help until her antibiotics kick in. But don't worry, illness happens to lots of babies and this year it's especially rough because so much is going around. My youngest started getting sick at 4 days old and I was terrified! Now she's a very healthy 14 year old who hardly ever gets sick! Hang in there-this too shall pass!
L.H. answers from St. Louis on February 10, 2007
I have a 10 Month old, and when she was 7 months I took her in to the Doctor, because she was coughing so much that she would throw up. The Doctor told me she had the same thing. They gave is a machine to give her breathing treatments. I tried cough med. and it didn't work. The breathing treatments was the only thing that worked for us. I am not sure if your doctor gave you the same things or not; or if she is to young for the treatments. I hope things get better for you. I live in Troy, MO I don't know if you are close to me or not. If you have any other questions feel free to email me back.
R.B. answers from Tulsa on February 10, 2007
At night use a humidifier on the room. Before you suction her nose put drops in it. There is some made just for babies. It is called little noses. You just put a few drops in there and wait a little bit and then start sucking. It will help to losen the mucus. You can also get a vapor plug that will help control her coughing at night. If she is in a bassinet you can put a few blankets under the matress to elevat her head. I am a nurse so let me inphasize the importance of completing the antibiotics. It will ensure the bacteria is completely gone and decress the chances of it coming back more powerful. Try to get her to drink water in between feedings to help thin her secretion and she will be able to cough them up easier. Patting her back is also good to break it up, be careful not to do it over her spine,(for precaution) just pat on either side.
H.H. answers from Kansas City on March 02, 2008
I had a baby with bronchiolitis. His also started at about 2 months. He had a constant cough and worse at night until he was about 2 years old. We had to take him to the doctor every 2 weeks for nebulizer treatments. Those do help out a lot but for some reason they would not prescribe one for him to do these at home. There are several suggestions that people have left on here but they were saying bronchitis. bronchiolitis is not the same as bronchitis. It is similar to asthma but they won't diagnose asthma for babies that young as most will grow out of it as they get a little older. I was told not to use vapor rubs or any hot vaporizers as it will settle into their lungs more using those and no suppressant cough syrups as that will suppress the junk into their lungs. They need to be coughing so the stuff loosens up.
My son had this and eventually as he got older was diagnosed with asthma as he did not grow out of it until we moved to a better climate that worked better for him. He was usually worse in the fall and spring seasons of the year. He eventually got a nebulizer when he got older. Hopefully your source of heat is not burning wood. When he was 4 years old we only had a wood-burning stove for heat and he got really bad so we had to use electric heaters and quit burning wood and don't have your baby around people that smoke, that will aggrevate it a lot too.
Running the shower and having your baby in a steamy bathroom does help. Also rubbing their back. Lay the baby on your lap and rub from their lower back up to their shoulders seemed to help loosen up the chest congestion.
Hope this helps.
S.M. answers from Kansas City on February 10, 2007
hi, my friends son is three months and just went to the doctor and has broncitis?????spelling....the doctor put him on a breathing machine...it worked great..lungs are clear and no worries..and yes be careful..my friends doctor said it was serious because he is so little and can't get it out like a normal adult...thats why he was on a breathing treatment..ask your doctor...it only took a week...hope she feels better
T.A. answers from St. Louis on February 11, 2007
My daughter has the same thing and it comes back over and over again. Prop up the head of her bed (to help her head drain while she trys to sleep) and also during the day take her in the shower with you when you and your husband get ready (the steam will also help break up the "yuckies". Suck out her nose every chance that you get. There is also a vicks vapor rub out there just for babies (ask your dr first because she is so young) and I put that on her chest to help clear her nose at night. It takes a long time for the cough to go away (we are probably on week three by now...).
Hope this helps
B.S. answers from Oklahoma City on February 12, 2007
First of all hugs to you and your husband. It is a very stressful and worrisome situation because you want your baby to be well! My daughter was diagnosed with bronchiolitis around 5 mos. old. She had been on a nebulizer since 2 mos. Has your doctor recommended that? These breathing treatments have really helped her more than any other meds, etc.
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