My 9 month old babies have a horrible cold (runnie nose, coughing, and sometimes fever). Does anyone know how what i can do for them. I tried tylenol and motrin, but it seems not to be working. PLEASE HELP , should i take them to their pediatrician?

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Kristin - posted on 02/11/2009

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My son just got over a bad cold with a really bad cough, runnie nose and a fever. Its horrable I feel for you. we didn't go to the doctor I did call them last sunday couse of his  fever was up to 104. But they said Motrin and lots of liquids and a vaporizor . Also what works is put one side of the crib up on books so their head is higher then their feet. and just lots of tlc. Good luck. I do feel for you.

Tara - posted on 02/08/2009

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My 8 month old babies have been sick for weeks now (off and on). I have a humidifier in their room, use Vicks on their chest back and bottoms of their feet, tylenol for fever or pain...the usual...I have had one of them into the pediatrician and he sent me home (there was nothing the could do..just a bad cold) If your's are like mine, you can't keep em apart, so they just play "pass the germ" =)

Hang in there, I wouldn't make the trip to the doc unless they're not eating or drinking, sleep too much, don't engage in "normal activity" at some point in the day.

Vicki - posted on 02/11/2009

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If they are anything like my Dominique every time she had a tooth come she was miserible, ear infection, runny nose, cough. the doctor told me to use saline drops in her nose to clear it up. My 1st Alex was a breeze, but I remember the doctor telling me the same thing when he had colds. Right Dominique who is 19 months has pneumonia. Good luck if they are teething I hope they don't go through this everytime.

Stacey - posted on 02/10/2009

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Take them in it may be something they need antibiotics for like an ear infection. My daughter had all the common cold symptoms she looked miserable and it turned out to be a double ear infection.

Bethany - posted on 02/10/2009

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Since humidifiers can get moldy quickly, I always just boil a pot of water on the stove and keep the house humid.

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Shujat - posted on 09/02/2012

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You can try Novomox Syrup (Antibiotic) and alongwith that Delcon Plus..!

wish u speedy recovery ya

Brenda - posted on 02/10/2009

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We keep a humidifier in our daughter's room to help with her stuffiness. When she gets a very stuffy nose and congested, we put saline drops in her nose and then suction her nose. I would say that if the cough and fever are still going on then you might need to them to the doctor.

Nicole - posted on 02/10/2009

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A humidifyer is great to own!! as well I was told from telehealth that a teaspoon of warm water right after they cough can help break up there congestion, this is what I did for my daughter when she was 4months and had a very bad cold. Also I've been told that Saline works well although I havnt tried it myself. If it persists I'd recomend taking them to the doctors. Hope they feel better soon!

Erin - posted on 02/08/2009

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Vicks on the chest, humidifier running at all times, saline solution and nose sucker to clear the airway, and tylenol for a fever.  At that age, you should take them in just to be sure it's not developing into something more.  They can get ear infections very easily from respiratory infections, so better to be safe.

Erin - posted on 02/08/2009

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Vicks on the chest, humidifier running at all times, saline solution and nose sucker to clear the airway, and tylenol for a fever.  At that age, you should take them in just to be sure it's not developing into something more.  They can get ear infections very easily from respiratory infections, so better to be safe.

Sarah - posted on 02/08/2009

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I usually just call my pediatrician and leave a voicemail with her nurse. Sometimes there are crazy things going around and they are able to tell you some other things to try for their symptoms without having you come in. Plus, its free to call. If they think it is something of concern, they will ask you to come in. I hope they feel better soon! My twin girls are 8 months and they just got over their first colds..it's tough watching them feel bad!

Anthea - posted on 02/08/2009

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hi there, Tylenol etc won't do much for runny nose, only fevers and making them feel less grumpy. I'd go to the pharmacy and see if you can get any kind of cold&flu syrup for that age. I'm in Australia and dimetapp works a treat. Don't know if its the same over there & what ages etc. The dr won't do anything for a cold excpet tell you to give pain relief from temperature & to keep their fluids up. They will get over it, but I have heard twins often pass things back to each other. I'll find out soon, I have 3 girls & am expecting twins in a few months. :)

Heidi - posted on 02/08/2009

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I would take them in to get checked b/c they are so young, and if the symptoms have lasted a couple of days.  I have older children, but I use Hyland's Cough and Cold.  Not sure what the dosage would be on your two, but it seems to work within 30 minutes of using their product.  I also do a cool mist in their rooms to keep the humidity going....the winter dries out the air. 

Missy - posted on 02/08/2009

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I have used a product by Johnson and Johnson that is a vicks bath. It has the vicks in the bath soap but then you do not have to rub it on their chests. They get the double dose of the steam from the warm bath and the vicks. My son had colds really bad all last winter and this is the only thing that seemed to help him.

Bethany - posted on 02/08/2009

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As Angie said, steamy shower helps. Also, I've used Vick's Vapor rub (just a tiny dab on the chest), which seems to help. One thing we use frequently is Hylands Homeopathic C-Plus Cold Tablets from a health food store or natural section in a regular grocery store. At that age we used a half-dose, and every time our daughter feels better!

Are they teething? Because that can cause a fever. My daughter went through the same thing at that age, and it turned out she just had a little cold and the fever was from teething. Hylands Homeopathic Teething Tablets really help her feel better.

If I was in your position, I'd only be worried enough to take them to the doctor is the cough is really bad: sounds chunky, goes for long periods of time without break, or wakes them up at night. For the fever, I think anything above 102 degrees Fahrenheit is considered severe enough to take a baby in at that age.

Danger signs for coughs as taken from a holistic childcare book:
wheezing or difficulty breathing
persistent coughing with weakness
persistent coughing with fever

Of course, if you're worried, take them in! But I understand doctors visits can be expensive. Hope this helps!

Angie - posted on 02/08/2009

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Steam works pretty well at clearing up coughs. Give it a day or so and if it doesn't get better, call the doc. I hope they feel better soon.

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