W.Y. asks from Ypsilanti, MI on October 04, 2008
Ideas for a Congested 19 Month Old
My daughter is 19 months old and has started to become congested since yesterday. At first it was a slight cough and runny nose, but now her cough seems to be a little more productive and she sounds congested. Of course this happens during the weekend, but I was hoping someone could give me suggestions how to help her until Monday. I am using a humidifier in her room when she sleeps, but she is too young for medications. This is the first time she has been sick, we have been very fortunate, so I hate to admit it, but I am a little clueless on how to make her comfortable. Thanks in advance for any and all ideas :)
So What Happened?™
Thank you all for the helpful suggestions. I finally got her to the dr and he said she has an ear infection in her right ear which is draining into her sinuses and that is going to her lungs, causing the cough. Sounds odd to me, it wasn't her regular dr but one of her pediatrician's associates. Her dr was out of the office that day. Anywho....he gave us a prescription for amoxicillin and told me to give her Robitussin. Well after having to try to get the meds in her (I don't blame her, I don't even like Robitussin)..she sounded better going to bed tonight for the first time in 3 nights. I did use some of your ideas...she loved the vicks on the feet, she thought it was lotion :) I had gotten some of the vapor bath as a shower gift and am still using that until she sounds 100% better. Her appetite has gone down the tubes since her cold got worse, so her dr wants to see her next week if it hasn't improved, could possibly be pneumonia :( We just hope she gets better in time for trick or treating!! Thank you all so much!!
T.K. answers from Detroit on October 07, 2008
I hate to even suggest it, but I have a 28 month and 17 month old and the doc told me to give them Children's Benadryl (1 tsp for 2 year old; a bit less for 17 month old). This works great for bed time only because it dries them up so they can breath easier (not to mention the drowsy factor which gives them a restful sleep - much needed for the immune system). My kids get colds and coughs every season change, and it gets very frustrating seeing them suffer. Good luck!
S.M. answers from Lansing on October 06, 2008
I know this is late but try White Camphor oil. I put in a small little heater thing and it helps immensley!
L.P. answers from Detroit on October 05, 2008
Put some vicks on her forehead from temple to temple - this will open all the airways. Give her lots of water too.
R.A. answers from Detroit on October 05, 2008
In addition to the Vic's baby rub, I would try putting her in the bathroom and running a steamy shower. It will help break it up, even if temporary to allow you to get some of that out of her. Plus it will help ease any head pain she maybe having with it.
M.G. answers from Jackson on October 05, 2008
Hi Wendy, I commend your stand to minimize medications for your little girl. You've received some good ideas for making her as comfortable as possible. Remeber to keep her hydrated but no sugar or juice. I have a great CD that helps us as Moms have strategies for dealing with these kinds things. Would you like to listen to it?
I hope your daughter gets well soon!
E.G. answers from Detroit on October 05, 2008
R.S. answers from Detroit on October 05, 2008
I absolutely love the little plug ins that are made by vicks or another on made by sudafed called Childrens Sudacare Nighttime Vapor-Plug. These have little pads that fit into the plug in and work really well for my kids. I like them because the vapor is continous for the whole night and are less messy than a vaporizer. You can find them at any drug store. I just read the box and the only thing it says is not for use for children under 3 months of age.
Good luck. I hate when my kids are sick.
P.R. answers from Detroit on October 05, 2008
If you just turned on your furnace, did you put in a new filter? Could she be reacting to turning on the heat?
Put a bed pillow or a couple of beach towels *UNDER* the top/head of the mattress to *slightly* raise her head when she is lying down. An essential oil in the vaporizer, like lavendar, or even peppermint. Saline nasal drops. Eliminate all milk products during the snotty part of the cold (yogurt, milk, ice cream, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, pizza, etc etc etc).
Vicks is a petroleum product (so is Mentholatum), so if you're avoiding petroleum products on your child, you'll want to avoid those.
Never use tylenol--it quickly depletes the livers stores of glutathione and sulfate, which support the immune response. (Never give tylenol with vaccinations, because some vaccines deplete glutathione and sulfate, a double whammy on the immune system, and one of the theories being considered in as an early trigger in regressive autism.) google "glutathione + tylenol" or "sulfation + tylenol".
K.G. answers from Detroit on October 04, 2008
I use one of those plug in vaporizers. I have also put a firm pillow under her fitted sheet to help elevate her head.
C.C. answers from Grand Rapids on October 04, 2008
I use children's saline drops in my little ones nose and there is a baby vick's you can use for congestion.
S.B. answers from Detroit on October 05, 2008
Hi W.-- I am what they call an old mother. My kids are grown but I do remember some of things I used to do, I would give them plenty liquids, juices, water and cut down on the milk. The milk seem to make them more congested. Increase their food intake. That will cover the lose of milk and her hurger will not be noticed. If you are feeding her cereal, instead of putting milk in it us water or juice. You can always try taking her in the bathroom during the day time with the shower running so the steam can free up the congestion. I hope this is helpful - and call the doctor on Monday - you don't want her to come down with ear infections.---- Good luck -- God Bless