My 18 month old has very bad cold-raspy cough, runny nose and a fever. I have given him some infant tylenol to help with fever but is there something else I could be doing to help alleviate discomfort?

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Lesley - posted on 06/11/2013

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My daughter of 18 months has a raspy cough, and I don't know what's the best thing I can give her, what can I give her??

Cristy - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi there! My son is miserable when he is sick! But I have found a few things that work. One of the things we do is give him  a warm bath before bed  then put Baby Vicks on his feet then put his socks on.  (ONLY use baby Vicks) We also put a little on his chest to open him up. The other thing that has helped alot (although it sounds crazy) is to give a teaspoon of Buckwheat honey before bed. (you can find it at most health food stores) It  helps with the coughing, just be sure to only give honey to kids over 1 year of age. The last thing that we have found that we LOVE is Baby Simply Saline. It is with the other saline products at your local drug store or walmart.. It's in a spray can and has a little nozzle so when you press the button it sprays a fine mist of saline up their nose and the congestion drains out. Sounds gross, but it REALLY helps and even though my son is very picky he lets me use it! Hope some of my advice helps!

Stacy - posted on 02/24/2009

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I try and treat everything separately since combination medicines might not have proper doses of what you really need. For the cough I would recommend children's mucinex to break up the phlem (it might sound worse before it sounds better but that's the cough breaking up). For fever, liquid Ibuprofen (lasts longer and is stronger than tylenol). For running/stuffy nose I use generic loratadine (it's the antihistime in benedryl...it's very cheap and very effective and comes in liquid form and is non-drowsy). Definitely run a humidifier at night and lots of fluids to drink during the day. Good luck.

Michelle - posted on 02/24/2009

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I don't know where you live, but out here (Vegas) RSV is going around like crazy. It starts with those same symptoms. Essentially it's the virus that causes both the common cold and pneumonia. Perhaps go see your pediatrician and they can scan the baby for RSV. If that is in fact the case there's still not much they can do for them--suction their nose definitely before bed, keep them hydrated, and control the fever. Both my two and a half year old and my eleven month old have it right now. They're just using albuterol and my 2 year old is using pulmicort as well.

Cassie - posted on 02/24/2009

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I have similar problems with my son (1 year old) and it was much worse at night. So I got a cool mist humidifier and I sit him up right in a chair(strapped in of course) as laying down tends to make the cough worse. ( the chair I have is a simple baby to toddler rocking chair that can be made stationary very simply for laying back.

My son (and I ) got better rest and it was only a few days before he could go back in his bed again.

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Susan - posted on 01/21/2014

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Warm mist humidifiers provide a favorable atmosphere to breed bacteria...this is why you want to use a cool mist humidifier.

Kerry - posted on 12/09/2013

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The loratadine mentioned in the post byStacy is actually the generic an active ingredient in Claritin. Benadryl generic or active ingredient is diphenhydramine. Just wanted to clarify since I used to work as a pharmacy technician until I had my baby girl.

Odile - posted on 11/04/2013

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Why COOL MIST humidifiers? Is warm mist humidifier not as good? I assume so, since you guys also recommend the vapor baths.

Lexi - posted on 02/24/2009

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I just went through this last week. I always have a cool mist humidifier in his room. I bought the lotion tissues and I used the Little Noses saline drops. I switched between Tylenol and Motrin for the fever. It lasted about a week.

Andrea - posted on 02/24/2009

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 To clear  the airways at night a Vicks vaporizer helps and I agree with the warm bath idea.  Definitely try to keep your baby's nose clean as often as possible since it's the mucus that's causing the coughing.  As far as the coughing at night ,I put baby Vicks on the bottom of my daughter's feet and quickly put socks on right after.  It stopped her coughing immediately and believe me she was coughing a lot.  Also if your child is coughing or has any sort of mucus, cut out milk and milk products for a few days. I hope this helps!

Jo Anna - posted on 02/23/2009

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If your son has a fever again tomorrow, it would be wise to go to the doc with cold and flu season in full swing. Motrin does work better than Tylenol for a fever and discomfort. But, I think the other moms answered your questions adequatly as I would say all of the same things! Good luck and I hope he feels better soon.

Karolyn - posted on 02/23/2009

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Wow, thank you all for such wonderful advice!  Hopefully he'll be on the mend soon!

Sam - posted on 02/23/2009

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hi ya my 18 month keeps getting a cold and a very bad cough, she had it for about 6 weeks and the doctor gave her an inhaler even tho her chest was clear. he also told me to put wet washing on the radiator with the window slightly open(have heating on to). she coughed that much that she stopped breathing and he said when that happens take her to the bathroom and put the hot taps on

Esther - posted on 02/23/2009

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When my son had bronchitis back in December I was given a nebulizer by the doctor with prescription medicine. Is that what you mean? It worked wonders with the medicine. At first he fought it but after a day or two I think he started to recognize that it really helped and he would welcome it. I would use it right before he would take a nap or go to bed at night when he was already tired and not too active to just sit still for a while in my lap.

Karolyn - posted on 02/23/2009

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Has anyone tried the battery operated aspirator?  Someone said that I should try that??

Esther - posted on 02/23/2009

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Steam baths also work. I will take my son into the bathroom, sit down with him on the floor while I let the shower run at a very high temperature so the bathroom fills with steam. It losens things up. Ten to 15 mins is more than enough (you don't want them to overheat either). For fevers, my pediatrician told me that if the fever is very high (say over 102.5) Motrin works better than Tylenol. My son recently had roseola with very high fevers and she told me to alternate the Motrin & the Tylenol. I did find that the Motrin was indeed more effective at getting his temperature down.

Ashley - posted on 02/23/2009

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Unfortuanately, our doctor told us that we can't use any kids cold medicine. But, I was told that I could use Children's Benedryl to help dry up the drainage - along with elevating her head and using a humidifier. So, that's what we do and it also helps her sleep :)

Karolyn - posted on 02/23/2009

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thank you so much for that info.  I will do the cool mist humidifier for sure!  I love this network!!!

Micah - posted on 02/23/2009

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Using saline nose drops and suctioning (if he will let you ha!) will help. Also, keeping the house between 68-70 degrees and running a cool mist humidifier at night and at nap times will help. No cough meds for babies under 2 years, though. I would say to elevate the head of the bed, like the doctors always used to tell me... but I have never seen a child stay in that position for very long. Mine always end up sleeping at the foot of the bed. Hope he feels better!

Jen - posted on 02/23/2009

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Try using a cool mist humidifier. I've also heard that the vapor baths are supposed to work really well. My daughter also gets albuterol which is a prescription cough med. We have asthma in our family though so she gets it mostly as a prevention. Her doctor also said that it's ok to give her regular childrens robitusin. Just ask your doctor what they suggest.

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