Sick 6 month old..any advice

Sarah - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Caden is 6 months old and has his first cough. It sounds deep and i can tell he is coughing stuff up, he's just not getting it all the way out. I set up the humidifier in his room but is there any thing else i can do to help him?

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Kristen - posted on 03/22/2010

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My son had RSV this winter and it was miserable. Use the humidifier as much as possible. I also hugged my baby and put a little pressure on his chest, held it for a few seconds (not hard enough he can't breathe but some pressure) so that he would cough and hopefully break some of the junk up. My brother-in-law is a chiropractor and told me to that...he does that with his kids too. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix and you just have to wait it out. Best of luck! If you think it is something worse than a nasty cold, call your doctors office!!!

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Amanda - posted on 03/27/2010

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humidifier, baby vicks, baby tylenol, my insurance covered an inhaler so he could sleep at night.

Amy - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son had a cold. We use a humidifier daily, but it didn't seem to help. His pediatrician suggested breathing treatments 3 times a day. It is definitely working. The pediatrician also warned that a baby's oxygen level can get low if they are sick for a while.

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Our DD is sick right now too. She's been sleeping in her swing to keep upright and that helped. We also steam up the bathroom to relieve her symptoms. The other thing we've been doing for nasal congestion is 'hose the nose' as recommended by dr. sears. we use a couple of saline nose drops and then use the bulb syringe to get some of the gunk out. good luck! oh, and if you are breastfeeding, just keep doing it often!

Alicia - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son is sick right now with a bad cold due to teething and we have been sleeping him in his car seat (buckled up of course). He has been sleeping really good in there because it is a more sitting position.

Sissy - posted on 03/25/2010

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My son has had allergies since he was born. The doctor told me to use a cool mist humidifer, prop him up when he sleeps and to give them a little bit of pedialyte to help thin the mucus

Angela - posted on 03/25/2010

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I actually just went through my little Nola's first cold. I ended up with her in the hospital because she coughed so hard that she stopped breathing (very scary). If the cough is a barkey cough it could be croup. And if the cough is accompanied by chest breathing... blue tinging around the lips and nose... and you notice that he is just struggling with taking a breath get him to the hospital and insist on a test for RSV which if your baby has, he will need to get assistance with oxygen from your local hospital. I totally sympathize with you. Just keep feeding him lots to make sure he doesn't get dehydrated... Oh and if you notice a wheeze you can try running a shower really hot then turning it off and bringing him in to inhale the steam... and if this doesn't work open your refrigerator and let him breath in the cool air. And what ever you do don't use cough syrups of any kind. They hinder the baby from coughing up the mucus in their lungs.

My Nola ended up having a viral chest infection that ran its course in 10 days... I hope little Caden is okay. Just keep your spirits up momma and if you are worried never be scared to call your Dr. for help... thats what they're there for!

Ashlea - posted on 03/25/2010

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I did baby vicks rub on my son's chest and they also have a johnson's baby vapor bath. Is his nose stuffy? Is so use the saline. He won't like it but these are the things that really helps my son with he's got a cold. Poor baby. I hope he gets better.

Myeshia - posted on 03/23/2010

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If it comes down to you needing to administer medicine I suggest using the baby pacifier medicine dispenser. It works great for my daughter. I like it better than the syringe they give at the pharmacies. With the pacifier medicine dispenser I didn't have to worry about her spitting it back out or even gagging off it.

Here the link just in case you decide to get one http://www.walmart.com/ip/Summer-Infant-...

Allison - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter just got over this and unfortunatly there's not much we can do besides lifting the head of the bed she he/she sleeps at incline and the humidfier. We tried Vicks plug in's I don't think that really helped but you could give that a try. Good luck

Perri - posted on 03/21/2010

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Not sure what country your in, but here in Australia we have baby panadol, it may help break things up a bit. Just keep an eye on his temp. Also lay him on his tummy on your lap, cup your hand and tap his back with your cupped hand from bottom to top, my daughter too had pnemonia when she was 3 months old, this help move the yuckies up for her. Don't pat too hard though!! Do this for about 10 mins every hour, if he doesn't like it, obviously stop! Your doing exactly what you should be doing Sarah, I'm sure he'll be fine, you've caught it early! Well done and I hope he's feeling better soon! Perri

Danielle - posted on 03/20/2010

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they have vicks for babies. and i think you can get the kind that you put in the humidifier. not sure if they do that anymore though. make sure you watch how he is breathing and if he starts breathing with his chest rather than his belly he needs to go to the dr right away. babies chest muscles arent strong enough for them to breathe like that for long.

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Put something under his mattress so he can sleep kind of sitting up. Being more upright will help things move out. If he starts hacking stuff up I'd take him to the dr. My 1st born got pnemonia and I noticed by him hacking some brown crudd up! And he was caughing to the point where it was hard for him to breathe!!! Good luck!!!

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