My 16month old has a cold and is very congested. How can I help her feel better without using cough medicine?
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Alice - posted on 01/21/2009
Steam works very well. My twins are 27 months now, but I still use the nasal aspirator (you know, the little bulb thing you got at the hospital when they were born) to clear their noses when they have colds. At first they put up a fight, but after they realized that really clears out the stuffiness, they bring the bulb to me now, asking "Nose?" They can blow their nose during the day, we just do steam and aspirate before bedtime so they have good night's sleep.
Nicole - posted on 01/21/2009
ok.. i worked at a childrens hosptial as a nurse, and this is what we told everyone. at night a cool mist vaporizer is best. and if she is stuffed up really bad or even just fussy turn your shower on until it fogs up the bathroom go and sit in the bathroom with her for a little while and it will clear her up and make her more comfortable. good luck:)
Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009
Definately a humidifier. I am not a fan of cough medicine because I figure all of that stuff is trying to come out. I know they hate it, but I also suck their nose a lot! Also, the Vics plug ins by the crib. Good luck!
Holly - posted on 01/21/2009
My daughter has a cold as well and we have been using vick's baby rub on her chest - it seems to help. If she has a fever, we give her some infant's tylenol drops as well. Hope you find something that works for you both. :-)
Mindy - posted on 01/21/2009
There was actually a scientific study that someone sent me via email...I don't remember the details, but they found that vapo rub on the bottom of the feet and then cover with socks really works. I don't know why. Definitely get a cool humidifier too...that works wonders.
Linda - posted on 01/20/2009
I use things that my son's great grandma and his grandma tell me. Like the older remedies so to speak. I also use Johnson's and Johnson's vicks vapor bath, Baby vicks on his chest and bottom of feet and back with a soft warm PJ, and I have heard Doctors so to use Cool Mist Vaporizers instead of the warm mist. I have heard my Doctor say too that even though they are sick that it is still good for them to get very brief fresh air outside of course dressing them warm and not being out long but this will help open the lungs if congested. I hope this helps and good luck...........
Michelle - posted on 01/20/2009
My daughter responds well to warm chamomile tea with a tsp. of honey. The warmth helps clear her up, and the honey soothes her throat.
We also use Little Noses Saline spray and baby vapo-rub (only the baby one, and only on her chest- not the nose.). We don't have a humidifier, but have used both a crock pot on warm with eucalyptus bath stuff or a Vapo-plug.
Amanda - posted on 01/20/2009
We ue vick alot. It helps. We do 2 things. We usually have our kids in their zip-up jammies and we rub in on their chest and leave their jammies a little unzipped. I know this sounds crazy and I don't know why it works, but someone suggested we rub in on their feet and put socks on and that seems to help too. FYI: the vicks we have is baby vicks.
Misty - posted on 01/19/2009
Doctors tell you not to give your children cough medicine as this is the way that they get the cold out (by coughing) So my doctor told me to put a humidifier in his room at night while sleeping. He also told me I could put a little bit of Vicks on his chest. They also have things that you plug into the wall that is a Vicks type of "air medicine" That seems to clear my son up pretty fast as well. You will have a lot of runny noses the next day after using the humidifier but that is a good thing. That means it's clearing up and draining out.
Angie - posted on 01/18/2009
Definately use a humidifier in the child's room - I add melaleuca oil (aka tea trea oil) and another product from my wellness company that works great! I would also suggest steaming up the bathroom and sitting in there for awhile to help loosen up the congestion, saline nasal spray works wonders. I've also been told to use the vick's on the bottom of the feet - haven't tried it yet, but my sister says it works!! I have very bad sinus and allergy problems and am congested quite often - all of the above help quite a bit!
Lauren - posted on 01/18/2009
I have an amazing home remedy for congestion. It works like nothing I have ever seen before. My son was so congested and every morning he would wake up with snot all over his face. Yes i know it's disgusting, but you all know what I'm talking about. So, about a year ago I started using an amazing line of all natural products in my home. They have a wellness guide that tells you which of their products to use to solve almost any problem. So, for congestion they suggested about 10 drops of melaleuca oil (very pure tea tree oil) along with a capful of one of their other exclusive products into a full humidifier. The steam it produces clears them right up. The morning after we used it for the first time, his face was complete clean! Contact me and i will give you all the details on the products and how to get them :)
Kelly - posted on 01/18/2009
You could also try a menthol bath. They have it in baby bath formula. Also an asperator to help suck the snot out of the nose if you have one. When my son gets sick I give him a menthol bath and it helps loosen things up then I asperate his nose so he can breath a bit better. Propping them up when they sleep is also good. It keep everything from building up.
Jennifer - posted on 01/17/2009
Saline spray is great, and so is the steam or vaporizor.
Don't use vicks on a baby under the age of 2. I just read a report that a baby just died because the mom rubbed Vicks it under her babies nose. It apparently swells the airways and makes the nose run, making it hard or even impossible to breathe.
Kate - posted on 01/17/2009
Make sure the Vicks is BABY Vicks...not sure if its true but heard something about Adult Viks having something bad for kids in it. We use saline spray - a squeeze or two in each nostil. Not fun to administer, but seems to help loosen things up. I use a cool vaporizor every night in both my kids and our room in the winter.
Jamie - posted on 01/17/2009
steam shower works for my little :) block under the door with towel and steam the bathroom stay inthere with her as long as you can then dress her really warm right away. and also salt water drops:) good luck
Kristie - posted on 01/17/2009
To easy the nasal congestion at night, I put pillows under one side of his mattress to raise that side up a little. It seems to work pretty well as long as he doesn't make his way down off of the incline. I hope that helps :)
Kristina - posted on 01/17/2009
This probably won't help now that she is already "under the weather", but next time you see any signs of her catching the cold, etc.... try Liquid Echinacea. I would put the allotted amount in his bottle, and the cold symptoms went away fast!. Echinacea helps the body's natural resistance. Check out a health food store.