What do you give an 8 month old for a cold?

Miranda - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old has a runny nose, is sneezing & coughing. We are no where near his pediatrician..and idk what to give him.

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Sandy - posted on 09/05/2013

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what should i give my 9 months old daughter who has a cold?

Cynthia - posted on 07/02/2013

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I just read everyone else's responses and they were all very helpful thank you.

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Gunjan - posted on 03/05/2010

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In cold my suggestion is to take a hot iron near you but away from baby
and warm a napkin on it and put on baby's chest and back slightly and do it Fr 5 to 7 min and then apply baby Vicks on.
And do it twice in a day
my 8 mth old was eased out with no medication other than this remedy given by my mom

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Caroline - posted on 03/09/2010

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My sons had a couple colds, maybe from teething, but I give infants motrin or tylenol before bedtime and rub a little infants vics on his chest and back! Then use that nasty bulb for his nose and its bed time! He sleeps so much better!

Ava - posted on 03/09/2010

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Baby Tylenol in the liquid form. Fill it up to the top listed notch on the dropper for his age. Should bring down any fever he may have and help his body fight off the problem. Unfortunately you can't give babies decongestants, but some nasal drops / frequent aspirating I hear works good enough. They say babies get up to 11 colds their first year on average, so you are mostly just letting it go---his body has to learn to fight it on his own or he may be prone to sickness when older.

Elisha - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son has a cold at the moment, at first I was giving him baby pandol to relieve his fever. He has a really runny nose and a cough but I haven't given him anything since, he seems to be happy & there is nothing you can do anyway you just have to ride it out and let bubs little body fight it off. As long as bub is still drinking & eating fine then he/she wil be right.

Amy - posted on 03/08/2010

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I also use vicks, vaseline and nose drops(not too much otherwise it will damage the membranes inside her nose). After bath i put vicks on her feet, chest and back and then a little vaseline on her forehead and nose(not too much coz when it melts it will run into her eyes), also if you have give her a multi-vitamin or tonic just to help her fight it.

Candy - posted on 03/07/2010

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hi. my daughter (8mths) was just recently taking to the ER not because of her runny nose, or coughing (cold) but her shivering and being cold and her lips turning blue. Turned out she had RSV. The ER said its a cold but they call it RSV for children under 2yrs of age. Her RSV wasnt severe to be admited in the hospital but they told me to put a humidifier by her at all times, giver her plenty of fluids and plenty of rest. i breastfeed so i breast fed on demand and gave her pedialyte. With her humidifer by her couple times a day. Its been a whole week now and she is better and im really glad all what i did helped her. Good luck and hope ur baby gets better soon. If hes not already.

Lidia - posted on 03/06/2010

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My baby has the same. I just rub vicks with vaseline on his back and chest. the vicks is very strong so mixing it with the vaseline makes it mild for baby. I also have a mixture of oils namely teatree, eucalyptus. I put a few drops of these on his clothes and on his pillow. also just adding a tiny bit of ginger to his food helps.

Andrea - posted on 03/05/2010

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I use the baby vapo rub and if needed saline drops to wash out her nose. Her Ped recommended both and they seem to help her. We have a cool mist vaporizer, but haven't had to use it yet. Get well soon baby!!

Ashley - posted on 03/05/2010

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I know how u feel it seems like Brendon has had a cold all winter the only thing you can really do is I used a cool mist humidifier and the johnson and johnson vaper bath stuff. I helped. When he got really fussy I gave him some infant motrian for pain.

Kelly - posted on 03/04/2010

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I agree with the baths, those work miracles because of the steam, and, with my daughter, apparently it takes her mind off of everything. So, try baths, vicks, motrin as well as ear plugs for yourself and you should be good to go!! Super good luck on this one because I swear baby colds can test the relationship for husbands, finances, or boyfriends to no end!

Lauralea - posted on 03/04/2010

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When my son was sick with pneumonia we gave him a lot of baths which helped. He had meds but he also benefited from warm steamy bathrooms before bed. I agree with using a humidifier and baby vicks. We personally hesitate to use medications because we believe that our bodies can build up tolerance to meds and they become less effective over time. We didn't use meds with his fever unless it affected his sleeping because fevers can be helpful in fighting virus's. It is hard to see them struggle with comfort. Good luck.

Renee - posted on 03/04/2010

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i would go with what Liane Clark said

but if it goes on for more than 2 weeks going on 3 i would take bubs to the doctor i could be more than just a cold..all babys get colds and there is not alot you can do and hugs help to ;)

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My baby girl is just getting over a bad cold, and ear infection. I bought one of those crib elevators (they are like $12 at babiesrus) which helped, and I have a cool mist humidifier in her room. I also give her tylenol and spray saline solution up her nose. Its unfortunate there is nothing else we can give them cold medicine wise besides tylenol or motrin. Hang in there

Courtney - posted on 02/28/2010

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I had the some problem last month and I know it is so hard to watch them suffer!! I agree with the other ladies...Tylenol if he has a fever and a vaporizer. I got the vicks vaporizer (the one that makes steam) and I also got the vicks to put in it. It seemed to help him sleep and to break up some of the congestion. You can also run hot water to make your bathroom really steamy and take him in there to sit for a few minutes. Try plenty of hugs and kisses and he will be better in no time!

Griselda - posted on 02/26/2010

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This pos is probably late, I hope Matthew is feeling much better now.



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Sheree - posted on 02/26/2010

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Vaishali - posted on 02/26/2010

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Vaporizer and nasal drops definitely work in relieving the congestion. My son (8 mts 2 weeks) recently had dry cough and cold. No chest congestion. Honey with turmeric and a little warm water helped to relieve the cough. He was taking Mucolite drops and Coscopin for his cold and cough for 5 days. Definitely helped to get his voice back.
Having said all this, as long as your baby is playful and does not pause and take breaks while nursing, and does not run temperature you have no reason to worry.
WRT food, you can give the baby whatever you normally do. Warm soups help, but honestly babies don't care too much about food when they are unwell. Some warm water few times a day also help.

Dorothy - posted on 02/25/2010

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i recently went through the same thing well with my son being sick.. for the fever we gave him infant tylenol, to help with his congestion and sneezing we used baby vicks and we got a vicks vaporizer to put in the bedroom it helped all of us feel better it was horrible to see my poor lil man coughing and haveing probs breathing could tell he had a sore throat it was bad but he's doing great now :D

Anna-Jo - posted on 02/25/2010

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I usually don't give meds unless absolutely necessary. My son had a terrible cold/flu about a month ago (he's now 8mths) we did the saline drops, baby vaporub, vapobath, steamy bathroom, Infant Advil for the fever, etc. He got to the point where he couldn't nurse or sleep due to the stuffy nose, so I broke down and bought Coryzalia which is a homeopathic infant cold med. It worked so quickly and so well, I wished I had given it to him sooner!

Becca - posted on 02/25/2010

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I agree with others - NO cold medicines unless directed by a doctor. Saline nasal drops and chest rubs are fine and pretty much all that you can do.

Keeshea - posted on 02/25/2010

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You could suction out his nose (and use saline solution, if necessary) often. I suctioned my son's nose before feedings and after naps. Run the humifier. Make sure to elevate your child's bed. I was told not to give my son any medication unless he has a temperature (greater than 100.4). Try to keep your child comfortable. If your child has a fever for more than two or three days, you may want to take he to the doctor. Hope he feels better soo!

Nikki - posted on 02/24/2010

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I disagree about giving your son NOTHING!!!

They make baby meds for a reason and almost all of them start at 0 months!!!

Anyways my son had a cold so we gave him "Little Noses" Saline spray and used an nose aspirator after to clear his nose.... it works wonders and it's made for babies starting at a month. We also gave him baby tylenol which is made for babies 0 months and up so 8 months is perfectly fine and it's for fever pain and cough and colds....
We also substituted some of his milk with Pedyialite because he was projectile vomitting his formula b/c he was so flemmy and the milk wasnt doing any good for him.

He got sick on Friday and was back to normal by Monday

Amy - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hi there,

When my little one's have colds I always use New Era homeopathic tablets. They are completely natural and just dissolve in your baby's mouth. You can get these tablets from most health food stores and I also use these for teething pain and colic/ indegestion pain as you can get these to help with just about any problem. And they are great as they are natural and work very quickly.

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Anita - posted on 02/23/2010

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rub his chest, back, n neck with mentholathum ,eucalyptus, oleum foeniculi, camphora vapor baby rub and also his feet-really not hurt to try:) - i actually was amazed of how good it works 4 my baby when he got a runny nose. he got much calmer.
keep on bf. I hope he'll b better soon.

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The vaporizers work really well for the little ones. You can also "hose the nose" :) Use saline drops before feeding (you can even make your own, but these are harsher on the nose), and then use the bulb syringe to get it all out. This will help them breath enough to eat. If he is sleeping in a cib, put something under the mattress to prop the crib up and help everything drain. Don't let him get out of the pattern of sleeping in his bed though. And, this is going to sound silly, but if he is coughing, put the Vicks on his FEET. Then put footie PJ's on. For some reason, this will absorb through the feet and ease the coughing faster then working on the chest. I just started this with my kids and am amazed. Sounds wierd, but it certainly can't hurt to try it :) If your child has the cold for 10 or more days, it's time to see the doctor for antibiotics. Good luck!

Bridget - posted on 02/22/2010

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I know how you feel Miranda, my little one who is also 8 months old has had a terrible cold for the past 3 weeks which turned into a chest infection. If he is drinking and eating then that is a good sign otherwise he needs to see the doc ASAP. Otherwise just try to make him as comfortable as possible - vapouriser in his room with menthol, eucalpytus rub for his chest, nasal drops to clear his nose, good steamy shower before bed, and ice-cream (full fat, pasteurised milk) seems to help soothe the throat! My little one developed a milk fever so has been having neurofen in his midday and night time bottle for the last 2 days which seems to pick him up a little and take away his aches and pains. I hope your little one feels better soon!!

Emma - posted on 02/22/2010

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Try a vaporizer in his room. It puts the vicks medication into the air and allows them to be able to breath. Plus for congestion, strap them into a swing, car seat, whatever will keep them in more of an upright position. Keep the room/house relatively cool, because we all know what a stuffy room does to us when we have a cold. And last but not least, tylenol for a fever, if present. I also saw they have a Motrin for babies with colds. It doesn't have any cold relief ingrediants but after I talked with ped it helps them better with the aches/pains and fever that come with a cold.

Liane - posted on 02/22/2010

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I wouldn't give him any "cold" medicines. If he's running a fever you could try infant tylenol or motrin though. If he's really congested try a few saline nose drops and a nasal aspirator (bulb syringe) to suction out his nose. You may also want to put a cool mist humidifier in his room to help with the congestion. Vicks Vapor Rub or Mentholatum can also help and should be safe because they are just topical treatments. My 7 month old son had a cold and my pediatrician also recommended letting him sleep in a semi-upright position (like a swing or bouncy seat) if he was really congested (just make sure he's buckled in and not on a raised surface). Good luck finding some relief for your little guy!

Rebecca - posted on 02/22/2010

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I called my doc about a month ago when my son was 8 months old and she said there is nothing you can give him at all..other than rub some baby vapor rub on his chest (you can get it in the baby section at any store). But there is no safe meds to give him, at his age. The rub really seemed to help and the baby kind has lavender and chamomille to help him sleep better..i also notice with mine that when he got hot it ran even worse. Just going to have to live it out for 2 weeks. Good luck

Sheree - posted on 02/22/2010

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I wouldnt give anything personally unless he has a fever as well. If he has a fever i would give "babies panadol." But a cold is a cold, there isnt really that much you can do for an adult to make them comfortable so there isnt really anything for a baby. Hope he feels better soon :)

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