My 5 month old baby with very bad chest congestion

Auri - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born in hawaii and the weather was perfect but then my husband deployed and i moved back home in jersey in February and of course it was very cold but i always had her bundled up and inside. i would only take her out when she had a doctor apt or to get her monthly pictures taken. but ever since february (2 months old) she got a cough with a bad chest congestion and now she is 1 week shy off bring 6 months and she still has it. the civilian doctors i have taken her to don't tell me anything other than that if she doesnt have a fever i shouldnt be concerned. please mommies if you had a similar situation tell me about it. thank you!

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Kathleen - posted on 05/26/2009

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my 1yr old had a "cold" since he was two months. congestion, runny nose, cough the whole 9 yards except for the fever. It got so bad I finally took him to the peditrician on base and was told nothing they or I could do but use a humidifier, shower, and bulb syringe his nose with saline....i hated it then, and i still hate doing it and so does he. Try that out....my doc told me to do it 3 times a day (suction his nose with saline) might help....and humidifier in your daughters room.

Tanya - posted on 05/26/2009

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Dr's tell you no vicks and not meds and all that but I like to listen to all the older relative around us because all us kids are still around today right? When my baby girl (at 4-6mos) had a lot of congestion I used vicks I put it on her feet cover them with socks at bedtime (like my husbands grandmother told us to do) Also gave her some warm apple juice to drink (the older lady in the dr's waiting room told me this she had 9 kids and 12 grandchildren) Also run a vaporizor at night dr's say NO VICKS but the lady who lives down the road from me told me she used it when her kids were babies so I did try it and it does help.. I'm no DR but I am a mom and I've used all these things..



But if the congestion contiues you should get a second opinon to make sure it's not something more serious - anything from RSV to Allergies?? there is tons of things that it can be, it's always a bit of a waiting game with childrens colds!!! Good Luck : )

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Several months ago, two of my children developed "allergy" symptoms: slight clear runny nose and watery eyes. I took them to the doctor ... and he said it was most likely seasonal allergies. A week or so later, it developed into a cough ... with chest congestion. The coughs became so bad that their breathing was interrupted ... esecially at night. To make a long story short ... my children were diagnosed with Pertussis -- Whooping Cough. I thought it was a thing of the past. Boy, was I wrong. It is highly contagious and there are numberous cases reported to the CDC. Pertussis is a respiratory disease ... and lasts about 3 months. I hope your baby gets better.

Chi - posted on 05/26/2009

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when my son was first born he was always congested. running a hot steam shower & / staying in there w/ them helps or try getting a cool mist humidifier. the american red cross humidifiers are a piece of crap but the crane one works well for us. also, the hot humidifiers have a higher chance of your child getting burned.

Amy - posted on 05/26/2009

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could be related to indoor or outdoor air quality. My middle child was the same way. We live in South Dakota. As soon as I changed my cleaners and bought a good quality air purifier, the cough stopped. Steam really helps too. Hang in there it will get better!

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Joyce - posted on 05/27/2009

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Maybe you should check to see if the baby is allergic to milk/formula ? check for food allergies,maybe asthma ? Could be dust, mold ? Get a second or even a third opinion until you get help and the right answers. Have the faith things will get better.

Auri - posted on 05/26/2009

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thank you so much everyone! im just glad she isnt fussy no cold no runny nose no fever but its not normal to have that congestion and bad coughs in the morning. i got a second opinion and all they said that it was a minor cold but it just kept getting worse. im in virginia visiting my brother who is in the navy so i got to take her on base. and they did xrays and her lungs were cleared. so now i have an appt on the 4th of june with the ear,nose, throat doctor and the wait from now till then really sucks. i think 4 months of chest congestion should be enough ugh. thanks you again =) and im new to this recipe swap club so sorry if i dont have so much to share since ive only been married for a year now so got my practice in cooking lol

Mindy - posted on 05/26/2009

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My youngest son started getting congested at 3 months, when I brought him to daycare all day. Then he stopped breathing. When we brought him to the dr they could not find anything other than his breathing was to fast and heavy. Now at 17 months he is still congested. We tried the humdifer and it work for about a week. We do the neb treatments as needed but they do not help as much as our dr thinks. We took it upon our selves to see a pulmologist. We have found that he had RADS, reactive airway diease, which can lead to asthma. He, although does believe there is something there. They are now starting to test for different thinks, since it is not always in his lungs, but ends up there. If you think that there is something there, see a specialist. I am glad that I talked my husband in to taking him. We now realize that we have to take our kids health into our own hands, if we don't think that our dr is totally right we get that 2nd opinon. It has saved us from unneeded treatments. Hope this helps, keep us updated.

Anaquita - posted on 05/26/2009

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Could be RSV, which lasts quite awhile. However if she isn't running a fever, etc then all you can do is wait it out, well unless the baby was a preemie, in which case it can be seriously damaging to them. My kid had that around that age, and it freaked me out but he got better after awhile. I did use a cool-mist humidifier though which helped tremendously. If it keeps up look for possible allergens and get her checked for both allergies and possibly asthma.

Nicole - posted on 05/26/2009

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I am in Massachusetts and have a 15 month old. At about 6 months old she kept getting chest congestion. Her pediatrician put her on nebulizer treatments as needed. So I give her treatments whenever she gets congested. Also, try putting a humidifier in her room and putting her in the bathroom while you take a hot shower. The steam really helps the congestion. Hope this helps!!

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