Whats the best thing to give a 4 month old to help with her chest cold??

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Angie - posted on 12/08/2008

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Vicks on the feet works great. Before my daughter could move on her own I use to sit in the bathroom on the floor with her and close the door while I let the tub fill with really hot water, the humidity will help to drain snot. You only have to sit in there for about 10-15 min. I wish I could still do this, I am now scared that she will touch the water and get burnt.

Kelly - posted on 12/08/2008

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I agree with all of it...but with the humidifier, you can add the Vicks liquid and that helps. And the Vicks on the feet really helps my daughter (my husband and I have used it on ourselves too!)

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Helen - posted on 12/08/2008

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Hiya, like the other mums have said its really hard when they are that young. Steamy baths are great plus it relaxes them. i use Karvol or infant albus oil drops on their pillows. Keeping her propped up helps but i like to try and keep them in bed as they are more comfortable. hope ur baby gets better soon. mine has just had an ear infection and conjuntivitis and i have had no sleep!!

Lisa - posted on 12/08/2008

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Rub Vicks on her feet (there is a child's Vicks on the market) and either put her in feet jammies or socks. If you can, set up some blankets in her bed that help her sleep with her head slightly elevated. I have a 5 yr old, a 3 yr old, and 9 month old. This is how we survive the cold season.

Kelly - posted on 12/08/2008

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I was going to say pretty much what Lorilynne said. Can't really do "medicine". I know my pediatrician's office can do a consultation over the phone, you might try calling yours and ask their advice. Proping baby up to sleep, the nasal drops, humidifier, and frequent nursing is all we could do with our son when he got colds too. Good luck.

Lorilynne - posted on 12/08/2008

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You really don't want to give them any medication before your child is two years old because its really easy to overmedicate. You can give infant tylenol if she has a fever but I would check with your pediatrician. When my daughter had her first cold at about two months old they told me to put a humidifier in her room, make sure she got plenty of rest and to nurse her as often as she would take it so she would get plenty of fluids. Also, they told us to get saline drops for her nose to keep her from getting stuffed up. You can put the drops in and then use the bulb to suck out the stuff or if she won't let you use the bulb (mine wouldn't) you can just let it drain. It will be uncomfortable for a few minutes for the baby but it helps. Unfortunately when they are this young there's not a whole lot you can do besides make them as comfortable as possible. Oh and sleep her propped up. We would put my daughter in her carseat to sleep.

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