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What to Give VERY Congested 2 1/2 Year Old?

My daughter was cranky at preschool today and I can see why! She can't breathe! She didn't nap at school today, so I have her down now for a late snooze. She keeps waking up b/c she can't breathe. She's 2 1/2 and weighs 34lbs. Any suggestions besides Saline and an asperator?

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Thanks ladies! I couldn't get ahold of the doc after-hours, but the pharacist said to give her a 1/2 dose of children's sudafed. Hope it helps!

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I know I'm late, but my son also likes the "little noses" nose drops. They cut straight through the mucus. He also likes Mucinex.
Hope she feels better soon.
S.

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Walmart sells an all-natural plug-in that is approved for tiny babies (Vicks & such are not), so I would look into that. I've used it for my son and myself occasionally, and it really helps. Also, make sure you have her somewhat propped up so that she can drain properly.

For my kids when they are congested, I rub Vix on their feet and put on socks. I know it sounds really......weird. It is. But, I swear it works! It has to do with the reflexology mind-set. I also put a little bit on their chest and put a humidifier in their room. Hey, it's worth a try, right?
If she keeps gettin stuffy and you aren't convinced it's colds, I'd have her into the doctor's office. I know in the South, allergies can be a nightmare!
Good luck!!

Over the counter Zyrtec and Claratin (both antihistamines) may help and have dosages for 2 year olds. Also, Motrin has a Motrin Cold that has Sudafed in it (a decongestant) that has a 2 year old dose also. Motrin Cold might be hard to find right now though since they just had a recall. Some people say not to give little ones cold medicine, but it has helped mine. Just make sure you stay within the guidelines to be safe.

Hi B.,

It's my understanding that you cannot give children under 6 decongestant medication. That being said, I know that some doctors will allow it if the child is severely congested. I would talk to your pediatrician and see what is recommended. I know it's miserable for the little ones. My little guy just got over some really terrible crud. Hope your little girl is better soon.

K.

We use Vick's Baby Rub on the kids' chests when they're stuffy like that. It seems to help. Run a humidfier in her room, and prop up her head. We usually put a small pillow under their regular pillow to prop them up some. I don't think there's much in the way of medicine that can help, but when my kids are stuffy like that and having trouble sleeping, sometimes I'll give them some Tylenol or Motrin to take away any sore throat or headache pain they might be having.

THICK coat of vicks on the bottom of her feet and cover w/ socks. You'll be AMAZED. We also give our son Triaminic (spelling?) congestion strips. It says 4 and over. We give him half when congestion is really bad, and it seems to help. No bad side effects.

HI B.,

Even a small amount of Sudafed can cause heart arythmia so please be careful. She's little so she can't express any discomfort or funny feelings. Elderberry syrup which you can get at the health store has no side effects, tastes good and actually builds the immune system so her little body will be able to fight off the symptoms.

My two cents!

M.

If she felt badly enough to be "cranky" at preschool, I assume you called the dr and spoke with them and possibly took her in? The may have some recommendations for you.

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