A.G. asks from Brandon, MS on January 17, 2008
Crontic Cold and Cough
My son is 9 months old and has a conjested cough for about 4 months along with redness of the ears. We have been on every antibiotic under the sun. He does not pull on his ears or even act like it bothers him. I keep taking him back to the Dr. because of the cough. They put him on a different antibotic and cough med. I feel that the ear infection is caused by the conjested cough and all the cough med is dooing is putting him to sleep. Please help with any suggestions that you may have.
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Well we tried the Chiopractor and with no avale we are having tubes put on the 22nd. thanks to all of you lovely ladies for all of your great advice.
T.L. answers from Alexandria on January 19, 2008
My son who is 7 months now had the same thing for about 4 months also. He was on medication after medication. Finally I talked to a different doctor and he brought up that he might have allergies. He told me to try Benadryl and a humidifierlight. Ever since he hasn't had any problems. Also he said that he might have enlarged adnoids. He said that because he always breathes through his mouth and seems that he is always congested. I also use baby vicks sice it is mild and works great. I hope this helps.
T.C. answers from Mobile on January 18, 2008
I had a similar situation with my daughter, although she was a little older when her symptoms began. In any event, we took her to an ENT. She just had her adenoids removed and tubes put in her ears. The coughing stopped almost immediately, and she's been doing great. So, I suggest you see an ENT.
J.W. answers from Chattanooga on January 18, 2008
sounds familiar when my son was less than a year old he went through the same things. we would get rid of the cough or infection but as soon as he came off the medicine it would start all over. A doctor finally diagnosed him with allergies and treated him for them and he has been doing well ever since.
S.G. answers from Montgomery on January 22, 2008
I have received several emails about rubbing Vicks Vapor Rub generously on the bottoms of your feet and putting socks over them at bedtime for children or adults with cough--no matter how severe--it says this will calm and soothe you in just minutes. Although I haven't tried it yet, I thought I'd still pass it on. It just may work!! Good luck and hang in there hun!
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B.D. answers from Chattanooga on January 18, 2008
Are you nursing? sometimes if you nurse lying too flat the milk will run into the ears. The mullein/garlic drops may help too. Some remedies caution using on children younger than 2 years. That call is up to you. Even many MD's have stopped using antibiotics for ear infections. Be sure to follow up with plenty of probiotics. Try looking at some of the herbal or homeopathic cough remedies. Many kids have good results with them.
R.M. answers from Birmingham on January 18, 2008
My 18 months, my son had had five ear infections, all starting with congestions, teething, etc, no matter what the doctor said. After the fifth ear infection, my pediatrician said it was time for tubes. I feared this procedure, remembering how involved it was for my youngest sister in 1983. However, it was the easiest, quickest, most pain free procedure at Children's South. I would encourage you to talk to you pediatrician about it. My son hasn't had another ear infection since and he is 2.5 yrs.
T.R. answers from Clarksville on January 22, 2008
I have tried to go more natrual with my son. I can only have a few suggestions and a couple of questions for you to think about.
Try Herbs for Kids - they are a line of natural herbal meds that are created for child doses. They are all natural so there is no worries for OD. You can go to the website and read about them but you have to buy online somewhere else. I buy online at drugstore.com, but that is not the only place, it is just convient and quick. The website is herbsforkids.com.
One other thing to think about is could your son be allergic to any food you are giving him? If you are still nursing, it could be something you are eating. If not, you might look at switching formulas or they type of milk he is drinking. My sisters children are allergic to cow's milk and get a runny nose congestion if they drink it. I would really look into this one. I do not know how a Dr checks for this, but if you eliminate cow milk products for a week and it clears up, you have pinpointed the problem. Try rice or soy milk instead. Some can be allergic to soy as well, but that is all my son drinks. Look for other ways to supliment calcum if you are testing for milk allergy.
If you have a really good natural vitamin store (not a gnc) more like a whole food store. Go in and ask the person working, often they will be able to help you and give suggestions. That is how my sister figured out her kids allergies.
A.C. answers from Tuscaloosa on January 18, 2008
It's tough having your little one not feeling well and not neing able to do anything to help them...I had a friend whose little girl had the same problems. Constant runny nose and congestion and ear infections. They got tired of having her on antibiotics so they tried another route...chiropratic care. They found a chiropractor that specialized in infants and young children and it seems to have helped her little girl. You may want to give that a whirl!
L.J. answers from Birmingham on January 18, 2008
I am with many of the other responses and think the allergy side should be checked out. Our son was allergic to milk and had a really hard time with many formulas. They would give him a cough and runny nose. We had to put him on the box milk that you add the envelope to water. Later we found out he was allergic to corn and sensitive to chocolate. He out grew all of these things but they caused him to have respitory system problems.
T.D. answers from New Orleans on January 18, 2008
I went thru this with my son last year when he was 2 years old. After the pediatrician prescribed the third antibiotic, I said no. Here's the thing- (and we've all read this numerous times in our mommy magazines) most ear infections are viral (as opposed to bacterial,) so they will NOT respond to antibiotics. Now, I will admit, I tend to be "naturalist" mom and I avoid medications and procedures as much as I (safely) can. Here is what I did (and another mom/friend of mine had advised me of this and it worked for her:) I used saline drops in his nose several times (4-6) per day, and then I would gently tug at his ears to help loosen and lengthen the ear canal to let fluid move on out. I also tried giving children's sudafed to dry of the fluid (recommended by pediatrician,) and I do think that helped.
As for the cough....well, I just stuck it out. We did return to the doctor once, just to make sure it wasn't pneumonia or something, but (according to www.askdrsears.com) coughs can last up to 5 or 6 weeks. It is simply the body's way of ridding itself of these viruses. It is a pain, I know, and a cause for sleepless nights for mommy and baby. Just keep a close watch on it. Like they say, look at the baby's overall well being. If they are playing, eating, etc., then let it run its course. If not, check back in with your doctor.
Good luck! I know how stressful ongoing symptoms can be. But soon they will be a remnant on last year's calendar and you'll be passing along advice to another new mom next year:)
K.C. answers from Jackson on January 18, 2008
Our first daughter was the same way. We had to elevate the head of her bed about 4 inches. You feel like they are going to end up in a pile at the foot, but she didn't. Also, we put a vaporizer in each of our children's room when a cough comes on. It needs to place as low as you can get it without the child being able to reach it and also as close to the bed as you can get it. We also put a humidifier in the living room where we spend most of our time. I would also keep giving him the cough medicine at night time. That's just my 2 cents. Pray it all works out for you.