E.C. asks from Rockwall, TX on September 18, 2008
Medical Care for a Coughing Toddler
I have a toddler (20 months old) that has been stuffed up for a few days. Now she has developed a cough because of the drainage. She doesn't seem to be infected because her nose is running clear (not green). I really don't think that she needs to see the doctor. Plus I would really like to minimize the number of antibiotics that she takes. Unfortunately, she has taken a lot of antibiotics since she has been born b/c of ear infections, sinus infections, etc. Does anyone have any natural remedies that seem to work just as well? I have been using the saline to flush out her nose, plus I have her on a Bromaphedrine for cough and congestion. Just to add... she is doing a regular allergy medicine - singulair and zyrtec (sp?. Plus we give her a nasal steroid!
So What Happened?™
Well, I took her to the doctor because she was not getting better; but worse. And she has a double ear infection. Ugh, antibiotics have been prescribed. I have scheduled a visit with the ENT next week to determine what we can do because I have been so frustrated with the amount of medicine this poor little girl has had since she has been about 5 months old. As mentioned before, thanks to everyone for all of the great advice. I learned a lot and tried all the tricks - the socks with vics, lots of vitamin c and 1/2 orange juice 1/2 water instead of milk.
L.C. answers from Dallas on September 19, 2008
My pediatrician said a teaspoon of honey in warm apple juice works just as well as medicine. Good Luck!
M.L. answers from Dallas on September 19, 2008
If you have a nebulizer (breathing machine) I have found that this works best with the Pulmicort medicine. If you don't have that, boil some water with peppermints in it and tent his head over it... YOu can also try sitting in the bathroom with a hot shower running. COugh meds never worked for my kids...
V.C. answers from Dallas on September 19, 2008
So sorry! Nothing is so stressful as having a sick toddler.
My son had lots of allergies as a toddler. I learnded that I was letting him have too much joice and milk. He was getting sicker and sicker. When I started giving him chewable Vitalea for children and Vita-C, his problems cleared up. He is now 16 and alllergy free for all those years.
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L.K. answers from Dallas on September 19, 2008
My second child had several ear infections from age 6 mo. to 11 mo. I was tired of him being put on yet another antibiotic and they were talking tubes. I did some checking around and took him to a chiropractor. He has not had an ear infection since and rarely gets sick. If he gets a cold, I take him in and Dr. Brady works on his sinus area and he's better within a couple of days. He now only goes as needed and is such a happier guy for it. (He just turned two.) If you think this is something that you are interested in make sure you go to someone who works with children. We go to Brady Chiropractic in Plano and love it. Many work with kids and even infants as early as 6 weeks of age. It might help get her off of some of the allergy/sinus meds. Hope this info. helps and good luck.
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C.P. answers from Dallas on September 18, 2008
poor baby, she must be miserable. I guess she's allergic to ragweed (very high for the past few days) if she is allergic to ragweed, make sure she's not eating foods that contain sunflower or safflower oil (they're part of the ragweed family, which also includes lettuce, chamomille, & echinacea).
for the cough ---
put on a tissue or paper towel:
4 drops peppermint oil
3 drops rosemary oil
2 drops basil oil
that "recipe" stopped coughs that codeine did not stop.
Also, eliminate milk for a while and see how she does. My son can't handle milk products more than 2 days in a row. he ends up with sinus congestion and if I don't catch it on time, it becomes a sinus infection very fast. so avoiding milk includes, yogurt, cheese, whey, lactose. if she's so little, why is she in singulair AND zyrtec.
if she's got the congestion and runny nose, then seems like those medicines are not helping her (assuming the cough is not due to a virus).
by the way, have you thought of adding chiropractic treatment as part of her medical care?
good luck! ~C.~
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N.M. answers from Tyler on September 19, 2008
Hi, i am a working mother of 3 & i have come to know that to help cure a cough is to put vick's vapor rub on the
bottom of your childs feet & put socks on before bed &
it should stop or minimize the coughing.
C.M. answers from Abilene on September 18, 2008
One thing you might try is rubbing Vicks Vapor Rub all over the bottoms of her feet when she goes to bed at night. Then put socks on over that. It works on my 2 kids, and isn't harmful to your child. You may wanna get Baby Vicks to be sure since they're young. Hope it works!
S.W. answers from Dallas on September 18, 2008
With all the winds from Hurricane Ike this weekend and the changing of the seasons, it's probably allergies. I'd suggest talking to your doc about allergy medicines. If the drainage continues, it could develop into a sinus or upper resp. infection.
Z.Z. answers from Dallas on September 19, 2008
Both my 12 month old son and myself have experienced a lot of cough and congestion lately. Vicks has this little machine you plug into an outlet and you put a medicated pad inside the machine which puts out the vicks vapor for up to 8 hours per pad. I have used this when I'm coughing a lot at night and it completely clears up my cough while sleeping. I think you can buy this at most stores such as target, walgreens, etc. Good luck to you!
K.E. answers from Dallas on September 18, 2008
If her nose is running clear then I wouldn't take her to the doctor unless you might want to get her on some kind of allergy medicine. Sounds like she might have some allergys. Good luck.
S.R. answers from Dallas on September 18, 2008
My now 18 month old spent October through May last year with varying degrees of respiratory congestion/drainage/coughing, including 2 bouts which may have been mild pneumonia. We started working with an allergist, primarily for his nut allergy, but also to deal with the respiratory stuff. Zyrtec had no effect. He is now on Extendryl as needed (as soon as I see a drip, we do about 3 days of medicine). We reduced dairy almost completely but not quite. That helped a lot. Ironically, the biggest improvement, particularly in the night time coughing, was moving his crib out of the carpeted room and into a room with hard floors. I also got an allergen-barrier mattress cover, and got more zealous about dusting in his room and washing sheets and his stuffed animal in hot water. The allergist rolled his eyes, but I see a clear connection between the carpet and the respiratory issues. It probably wasn't causing the whole thing, but it was certainly making the situation worse. Our pediatrician encouraged me to try moving the bed. It's free, and it couldn't possibly hurt. You can even try sticking the pack and play in the kitchen if the rest of your house is carpeted. You should see a difference within a week if the carpet is a significant contributing factor for your child.
SAHM of 3: ages 7, 5 and 18 mos.