Breathing problems due to cold, help please!

Adisha - posted on 12/12/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 months now. He has a throat infection and is taking antibiotics for it. He had a fever before but after going to the GP thats all gone. unfortunately now he has a very sore throat and coughs like he is in pain. His voice has also more or less gone the poor thing. He is all bungged up and blocked. Can some one please help me with any home remedies? I will go to the GP tomorrow!

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Jennifer - posted on 12/12/2010

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a cool mist humidifier, and eucalyptus oil (particularly in his room with him while he sleeps). the eucalyptus oil goes on a cotton ball and you place that near where the mist comes out. eucalyptus oil smells like, and works similar to vicks vapor rub but the eucalyptus works very well to help coughing as well as congestion where as the vicks only helps with congestion.

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Amy - posted on 01/29/2014

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Hi there! I am a seasoned mother of four and my go to remedy for baby is Soothe My Ears by Balance Becomes You, they are all natural. The effects of the essential oils are calming for baby as well. Soothe My Ears also works great as a vapor rub and I put a little on the glands under the ear too. You can also place them on the bottom of the feet and then put socks on. They really are amazing, I refer to them as my cure all. You can order them on Amazon. Remember ear infections usually follow a cold, these drops have prevented many an ear infection in our home.. I have a young living nebulizer running in my home and we are rarely ill. I also use young living oils, they are the purest I've found. Hope this helps.

Ruth - posted on 12/23/2010

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if you have an oil burner put 4 drops of lavender 4 drops of ginger or tea tree and 4 drops of any citrus oil, be careful if you use a humidifier to keep the room well ventilated because the moisture can cause mold which will make him even sicker especially if you have carpet in the room.

Tiffany - posted on 12/23/2010

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They actually make baby vicks vapo rub...I just bought some the other day because my poor baby has a double ear infection and a throat infection. =( Hate seeing babies sick. Hoping the antibiotics start working soon for her so all this phlegm will clear up. Hope your LO is feeling better now.

Melissa - posted on 12/22/2010

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Aww poor guy mine has a stuffed up nose and we have been using a cool mist humidifier and I bought a plug in vapor thing..u can get at any walmart target walgreens..ect....anyway that has seemed to help! I feel so bad for your little one. If you do vick vapor rub be very careful I would only put on his feet!

Tiffany - posted on 12/22/2010

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Cool mist or warm mist is your preference, but we personally still use a cool mist right now. We have both, but our daughter seems to breath much better with the cool mist. Everyone will tell you different reasons for each one, so just use what works best for you. Cool mist is mostly recommended because children can not get burned by hot water as they can with warm mist. If you use a warm mist, just take precautions. If your child does have a real nasty cold then warm mist will help kill the germs in the air. By the time the the water vapor reaches the child's lower air way, it's the same temperature whether it starts out cool mist or warm mist. Whatever works best for you I would go with.

Monet - posted on 12/21/2010

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Question about humidifier, it's winter time should I still use cool mist humidifier?

Tiffany - posted on 12/21/2010

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When my daughter is sick, I give her a warm bath with Johnsons Vapo Bath. Helps clean out her nose. Also, we keep a humidifier in her room and prop up the top of her mattress. Lots of clear liquids, and stay away from too many dairy products. Milk helps mucous to form, so just make sure he doesn't have milk for at least a few hours before bed. When my daughter is sick she gets watered down juice in the morning when she wakes up with breakfast, and then before bed. I cut her milk down during the day. Clear liquids will help. For the sore throat, see if you can get him to have some warm chicken broth.

Kylie - posted on 12/20/2010

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when my little one got his first cold i got a vicks baby rub, and nylal (fess also makes this) nasel spray with a bogger sucker included. these things worked great for him, with some panadol to keep the aches and pains at bay. the only thing i will say is that the vicks caused a light rash on my son, when we used it for more then one day, but his skin is a bit sensitive, he rash didn't bother him at all it just didn't look nice.

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Baby Vicks. All the way. Its made for infants, so its safe to rub on their chest. It unclogged my girl when she was stuffed up and coughing like she was having trouble breathing. Its a god send.

Kayla - posted on 12/18/2010

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I know he may be getting over his cold by now but what I did for my daughter was use a cool mist humidifier, vicks vapor plug ins, vicks baby rub on her feet and chest and put footsies on her, saline spray in the nose and then use nasal aspirator to get snot out, and I used boogie wipes to help wipe her nose so it wouldn't irritate her skin. If he doesn't move around a lot then maybe propping up one side of his crib with a pillow under the mattress. I swaddled my daughter when I did that. Or maybe you could let him sleep in the swing for a night or two. Hope he's feeling better!

Ro-selina - posted on 12/14/2010

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try putting vapour rub on his clothes but be careful not to get it on his skin always wrks for my daughter and if hes having trouble breathing in his sleep ,sleep him in your bed and with his head elevated and also warm bottles of water in between feeds :) good luck hope he gets better soon :)

Waltraud Hartwich - posted on 12/14/2010

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mix 1 liter of water with a tablespoon of salt to make your own saline. Put a few drops in each nostril. You can use it all the time without having to worry about side effects.

Arminda - posted on 12/13/2010

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pls dont skip the bath, quick, warm bath helps the de-clog the sore throat. and extra fluids too.

Kristy - posted on 12/13/2010

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when my baby was sick I would help her to sleep uprigth by letting her sleep on my chest on a recliner and have a towel in between her and I and have the nose sucker ready for when she could not breath. THey doin't like it but it has to be done. Also might want to try sitting in the bathroom with her and get her in just a diaper and run the shower all the way on hot to let the steam break up some of the conjestion. Also infants vicks vapor rub works too rub it on his chest and neck area and just keep an eye on him and see if that helps. I hope he gets better soon or that the dr can give you the right meds for him.

Kathy - posted on 12/12/2010

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Oh and of course, just like us adults, keep him full of fluids.... a little extra water can help that sore throat.

Kathy - posted on 12/12/2010

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I'm gonna say stick with the humidifier, saline spray in his nose and tylonel. My daughters doctor told us not to use vicks because it can make it worse and apparently can cause it to go deeper in the chest. If you don't have a humidifier run the shower hot and sit with him in the bathroom, suck his nose out, and give him lots of love. If it gets too bad get him to the childrens emergency room, here we have the Stollery and they are amazing with kids. Our daughter went through a bad spell that was fixed by a few days on a puffer. They told us some babies airways don't react well with colds, flus or even the cold air. I'll hope for the best for your little guy!!

Kara - posted on 12/12/2010

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The other mothers gave some great advice - humidifier to get some much need moisture in the air, tylenol to help with the pain and if you can elevate one end of his bed (no pillows) that will help him breathe. He needs a bath - if he loves them it will lift his spirits and the added moisture in the air will help too. Being in a bathtub does not make you sick - germs do.

Elfrieda - posted on 12/12/2010

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Try spraying saline solution up his nose if he's stuffy. Also, for congestion it helps to sit in the bathroom with the baby on your lap and turn the shower on really hot, and let the room steam up.(no fan) Do that for about 10 minutes, and it should help.

Adisha - posted on 12/12/2010

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I will try to buy a humidifier. I have not bathed him since he was sick, a week ago. I thought it might make his condition worse? He loves his bath time. I am scared to bath him until he is well again.

Karen - posted on 12/12/2010

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use a cool mist humidifier in his room and prop his bed up a bit at one end. you can also buy baby vicks that may help a bit. unfortunately i'm not sure there's much to help his sore throat but these things may help him breath if he's plugged up. check to see if he's able to have tylenol with his meds..that may be about the only thing to help him out with the pain of his throat until the meds begin to clear it up. a nice warm bath with johnsons soothing vapors bubble bath may help as well. if he's having trouble breathing and seems to be struggling at all then take him to emerg to get checked out. gl and hope he feels better soon!

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