home remedies for cold and cough?

Lindsey - posted on 03/13/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son seems to get several colds. I try and try to help relieve his symptoms, especially the coughing, so he can sleep, but nothing helps. I've tried a humidifier with vicks, a homeopathic cough syrup with honey in it, pillows under his mattress to prop him up, and sucking the snot out of his nose. Does anyone have any other ideas???? Oh, fyi, he's almost 2, so this isn't a baby-baby.

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Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2010

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vapor bath does help but there are also mini vaporizers that emit the vicks smell without the added mositure. It looks like a room air freshner and it is made by triaminic ( in the pharmacy section of Walmart), I use it every time my kids get sick and it makes a difference. Also, put vicks on the bottom of their feet at bedtime and then put socks on them, this will help to reduce their cough.

Faith - posted on 03/17/2010

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~Lindsey
Johnson and Johnson makes baby Vapor bath...its a wonderful thing, comes in a green bottle usually right by the bedtime bath. I put a couple of capfuls in the tub when I fill it up for everyone when they get sick. I absolutely lived off the stuff when I was pregnant and sick even, lol! :)

Lindsey - posted on 03/15/2010

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good luck! i hope it works. my dr says it's less likely to make him drowsy.

Heidi - posted on 03/14/2010

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Thanks, I will try that. Hopefully, that won't make her as drowsy during the day.

Heidi - posted on 03/14/2010

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What dosage of the Zyrtec did you give him? I might try that instead of the Benadryl.

Lindsey - posted on 03/13/2010

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wow, thanks for all of the comments and support! I just bought the homeopathic tablets that Heidi was talking about, and vick's baby rub. I didn't try them on him tonight because my hubby and i went out for a date, so my mother in law put him to bed, and we had bought things while we were gone. i had her give him zyrtec before he went to bed. it seems to help with his cough because it dries up the postnasal drip like benadryl does. I haven't tried a steamy shower or vapor bath before though. I guess I don't know what I'd do with him in there while the shower is running. Especially since it wouldn't be safe for him to play in the water, which i know he would want to.

Melissa - posted on 03/13/2010

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Soothing peppermint tea!! saline mist nasal spray for ''little noses''! warm bathes before bed. cherry rub menthalatum on feet with socks at bed!!! Try this good luck!

Faith - posted on 03/13/2010

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Baby vapor bath, I still use it on my 7 yr old. Popsicles are another thing. I like to use the 100 % juice ones, and give my lil guys one right before bed time w/ a teeth brushing afterwards. Or sometimes just plain shaved ice. This is all cough rems. For the nose, like you are doing. I suction w/ saline, then vapor bath, suction again, vics rubdown and vapor plug in. Then you don't have to worry about the humidifier, lazy I know but sometimes its just easier. Its soo hard when they get these colds at this age. Hope your lil one gets better soon!

Heidi - posted on 03/13/2010

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I am going through this exact same thing w/my 17 mo. old. I have tried all the above as well as the homeopathic cough tablets by highlands. Nothing works, she isn't getting any sleep at night...her naps are even disturbed. I will say that the only thing that has worked has been about 10 drops of eucalyptus oil in her bath water w/the door closed...but we don't bathe her every night. The Benedryl does aide in helping her sleep well but I am trying to steer away from man-made drugs because I want her body's defenses to kick in. Just wondering when that will be...ha!

Amy - posted on 03/13/2010

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have you tried Sambucal? I think it's from elderberries. It really helped my daughter with her cough. Also vitamin C,A, E can help kick and keep out colds.Don't know if humidifier and vaporizer are the same, but we used a vaporizer - but really make sure it is clean otherwise it can be putting bacteria into the air. Cough.....have sit in a room while it's steamy - from the shower. some household cleaners can irritate and make kids cough. just try using white vinegar and water for mopping, no chemicals, etc. see how he does. avoid things that usually contribute to cough like dairy, meats [especially processed], and fried foods. other than that, chamomile tea - but only if you dont have ragweed allergies. gosh, i wish i could think of something else. no fun.

Brandi - posted on 03/13/2010

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My ped. suggested a Teaspoon of childrens benedryl to help dry up thier nose at night. That way there is no post-nasal drip to create the phlem during the night. Of course my son sleeps really well after a dose of that at bed time! I also give him a baby spoon of honey to help with his cough.

Patricia - posted on 03/13/2010

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You've done just about everything there is to do. Under 2 can't have cough/cold medicine as you know, so unfortunately you're litle one will have to wait it out. It's tough but there isn't anything more to try that I know of. Just took my 22 mo to doc the other day for the same issue and doc said to try everything you've tried already. I have heard that giving too much milk encourages the flem, but not sure that holds much water as a theory. One thing I have done is Baby Vics on my daughter's chest and the bottom of her feet before bedtime. Can't say that I've noticed it helping though, but she likes to have it done. Good luck.

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