M.N. asks from Geneva, IL on December 22, 2007
5 Month Old with Bad Cough
I have no idea what moms did before mamasource or computers! Our little one is having really bad coughs. She is a little congested but nothings green just the bad coming from the chest down under coughing. I have baby vicks on her and a humidifier. I went out and bought the childrens cool mist humidifier and that only seemed to irritate it so Im using our regular humidifier. Last night I took her to work with me (I work as a swimming coach) and in the pool because of the humidity she had far less coughing but the minute we stepped outside it got much wore. Any advice would be greatly apreciated!!
Happy Holidays everyone!!!
So What Happened?™
Em's Bronchial spasms have lessened she still has the weasing and we are continuing with her breathing treatments. Thank you s much for all of your incredible words of advice and support!!!
R.L. answers from Indianapolis on December 23, 2007
hey M....try a spoon full of honey before bed...it works really well...continue with the vicks and humidifier and keep her out of the cold as much as possible until she is doing better...my daughter is 3 and i just went through the same thing...best of luck
G. answers from Chicago on December 23, 2007
Believe it or not, putting vicks and socks on her feet will help cut the cough down. I have tried it on myself and my 4 year old. Good luck.
H.L. answers from Chicago on December 23, 2007
during this time of year we always set up a humidifer in our daughters room, it does the same thing the pool does, but without all the clorine in the air...the one we use has a place to put essencial oils that help with coughs & germs,
it also uses UV light to make sure it doesn't develop mold...
blessings on you & your family &
A.K. answers from Chicago on December 23, 2007
It sounds like your daughter might have croup and you need to take her to the doctor.
K.B. answers from Chicago on December 23, 2007
NONONONO please please do not give your baby honey! It is absolutely forbidden in children under a year because it cannot be processed to remove the botulism bacteria. If you have given her honey already call your pediatrician ASAP!
It sounds like maybe it's time to visit the doctor for her cough. Again, I'd call your pediatrician and see what they say, but this time of year RSV is rampant and it can really be bad.
Good luck and sorry to be so adament about the honey.
M.M. answers from Chicago on December 23, 2007
When my son had a cough at that young age, we just spent a lot of time with him in the bathroom: steam it up! We just sat in there while the shower was running hot hot water to let the steam help clear him up. It helped a lot (along with the humidifier). Sometimes these things just need to work themselves out as well...but here's hoping its gone in the next day or so for the holiday!
M.K. answers from Chicago on December 23, 2007
Do you have any pets? It's possible that your little one has allergies. My daughter and I often have coughing fits for a couple of weeks after, whenever my daughter goes to visit her grandma who has three cats. Also, I had a cough for about four weeks that turned out to be an upper respiratory infection once. I didn't have any green stuff either, so I wasn't very concerned, but I eventually went to the doctor because it wouldn't go away, and ended up on antibiotics. I've had good results from a natural remedy that I've come up with for coughs is a tea made from fresh ginger, honey, a bit of cayenne pepper, and lemon, however, since I don't know how old your child is, I'm not sure about this. If your child is at least two years old, this would probably be OK. Have you taken your child to the doctor yet? I hope this information is helpful, good luck, and Happy Holidays!
G.B. answers from Fort Wayne on December 23, 2007
I understand that Arbonne International's Herbal Vapor Rub (like Vick's, but natural) works wonders for what you're talking about. If you need some, please let me know and I would be happy to set you up with some.
Merry Christmas and God Bless!
C.M. answers from Chicago on December 23, 2007
My Doc always says to make sure the humidity in the house is high, lots of clear non caffinated drinks and hot steam when ever possible. Hope she feels better soon!
M.S. answers from Elkhart on December 23, 2007
I have 3 children ages 7, 4 and a half, and 1 and a half, and feel blessed to always have success going the natural route. I keep echinacea goldenseal on hand and this works GREAT fighting colds and building immune systems. I know firsthand that it helps because when I would start coming down with a cold, I would double dose on it(its safe) and take it every once in a while during the day and most of the time the cold would completely pass me by. Natural health food stores would carry it and natural healthier cough syrups and other immune builders. Also I think it seems to help just keeping the little ones out of the cold air, going in and out as little as possible, or just making sure they are well covered.