Anyone have any ideas on helping my son who has a bad cough?? He's only 12 months so they say not to give him over the counter meds. And its so bad that sometimes he coughs so hard he vomits. Its just so sad.

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Raeann - posted on 11/17/2012

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My son has seasonal allergies with asthma. Normally it starts this time of year. Usually starts with a runny nose. We have a breathing machine & a inhaler but once the ciughing starts there is nothing that helps!! He coughs almost continually & until he throws up! This usually last 2to 3 days. He has been taken to a doctor but nothing helps!!

Cheli - posted on 02/04/2009

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try vicks vapor rub on his feet and then put socks on over the vicks. this will help both during the day and at night.

Danyelle - posted on 02/04/2009

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I have three children two of which have this problem when they catch colds.  A child who coughs to the point of vomitting very often has what is called Reactive Airway disorder which is very similar to Asthma.  It is induced by respitory illness.  First I would check with your pediatrician, they might want to swab your child for Pertussis ( whooping cough) which a child can get even if they are vaccinated, or see if your child has picked up RSV (respitory synctial virus) both of which can cause this bad of a cough.  Ask if your child might benefit from home nebulizer treatments to help open his airways when he is sick with a cold.  We neb two of our kids with a steroid inhaled medicine (pulmicort for babies) for the entire winter and a vaso dialating medicine (albuterol) when they are symptomatic.  Most kids outgrow this eventually.  The shower steam works very well,  my pediatrician recommended to use a cold water vaporizer as warm vaporizors can promote mold and viral growth which can promote  the possibility of a sick child  developing  pnemonia.  Good Luck!

Sherry - posted on 02/04/2009

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Alsomake sure u do get the childrens vicks because the adult brand is alot stronger than the baby.....and yes it could be too strong for them, but if ur just doing the feet u should be ok....I also noticed that the generic brand they sell is less potent than the actual vicks brand so it wont be so stron for ur child...

Kelly - posted on 02/04/2009

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Honey is a safe and natural soother for coughs for children 12 months and older. Give it a try. It is upsetting for them when they cough so hard that they vomit. My younger son did the same thing for years when he was little (it would happen to him lying in bed at night, when his cough would be the worst), but thank goodness he outgrew it and is very healthy now. I hope your son gets better soon!

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Ilene - posted on 02/04/2009

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This is so true about the asthma!! My 5 yr old ended up having it too!!! We now have a nebulizer at home for when he starts up! I`ve noticed if we start thr breathing treatments right away then it doesn`t get that bad anymore!!!!

Wendy - posted on 02/04/2009

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Quoting Wendy:



Check with your pediatrician, my son gets the same thing when he gets a bad cold. They have somewhat diagnosed him with seasonal asthma and we use an inhaler (Flovent) through the winter. Since I have been doing this his cough has not gotten to the point of him vomitting and his coughs have been minimal. Hope this helps.






Yeah my daughter who is 2 gets seasonal asthma as well.  She started at age 1 and her pediatrician prescribed the Advair inhaler and I give her two puffs whenever she needs it...it really does help.  I know how bad these coughs get, my son (8) has chronic asthma and he started very little I tried everything and nothing helped.  He would cough so bad and all night that he would throw up and not sleep, it was horrible.  I wish I knew then what I know now.  I would talk to your pediatrician your son might just have seasonal asthma.

Kristin - posted on 02/04/2009

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Thank you all I actually just called his Doctor so I'll see what he says. But I will try the shower and the vicks on his feet ( which I would of never thought of ) But hey I have nothing to loose. Thanks for the help. I'm so glad I joined this sight.

Jessica - posted on 02/04/2009

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add a  humidifier to his room. if you have a target store near by they have cute animal ones for about 20 or so dollars.



my son however needed to get a script from the doctor for a nebulizer and albuteral. it was every four hours for a couple of days and he seems to do all right until the next change in the weather. they call it nevada air! 

Sherry - posted on 02/04/2009

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I believe until u check with ur dr, it could be anything, my daughter would vomit when she coughed hard or even cry hard....she just has that reflex and doesnt have anything serious like asthma or croup or broncitis...etc...so dont freak out about it until u check with ur dr first it could be any one of those or something simple like coughing to hard or a reflex like my daughter...good luck to u!

Christian - posted on 02/04/2009

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sounds to me like he has astma both of my kids have it an thats what they did

User - posted on 02/04/2009

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a cough so violent he vomits..that sounds alot like my son from about 3 months - 3 years old...my son cole was diagnosed with asthma at 13 months..the vomit is his lungs trying to get rid of all the sputum(mucus). the cough was him struggling to breath...eventually we were able to get a breathing machine @ home which really helped eleveate the emergency room trips..you should see your doc., although i will say, they may not diagnose him right away..

Tiffani - posted on 02/04/2009

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The vicks on his feet is a great idea and it works... won't burn him as long as he hasn't been tap-dancing on glass... give it a try this afternoon while he's taking his nap... good luck sugar... I know it's hard when our babies our sick!!

Karla - posted on 02/04/2009

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Triaminic has a fan thing you can buy with refillable cherry menthol tabs. It is small and runs on batteries (this way you can put it out of reach too). It works great for my daughter - I don't ususally use a humidifier anymore since finding these.  I also love vicks rub for babies - it is not as strong. The only thing to watch is that they don't get it on their hands and then rub their eyes or something. I only rub it on my daughters back now since she removes her socks and can reach her chest.

Ilene - posted on 02/04/2009

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I would definitely check with the dr! My 5 yr old gets Bronchitis alot & does the coughing until he thows up thing also!!  When its that bad they usually need a strong med to help!! Its the worst watching ur baby cough that way i know!!!!    GOOD LUCK!!!

Sherry - posted on 02/04/2009

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I agree with the shower it helps breathing and runny noses with my 1 yr old, I would give her a spoonful of honey, they say after a year it is safe to have honey, that wuld work for me it helps to coat the throat, also they do have a soothing throat spray for little ones that r safe just like the cloraseptic for adults, they even make a strip to place on the tongue for children too. Good luck! Also I have learned in my trials with my girls getting sick that Vicks Vapor Rub for kids is a lifesaver!! put some on his chest and back and a little on bottom of feet bundle him up and put socks on him and normally if he has a fever the next morning it will break and in 2 days my girls were always better, plus it really helps them to breath when they sleep along with the vaporizer

Helen - posted on 02/04/2009

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Burn some decongestant like vics drops or olbas oil in an oil burner in his room before he goes to bed, and sleep him propped up if you can to keep air passages clear. But I would also back up the comments to go to your Dr, it can't hurt and there may be something they need to look into if this has gone on for more than a few weeks :-)

Michelle - posted on 02/04/2009

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Make sure that you elevate one side of his bed or crib. Then make sure you flush out his nose really well. Use non medicated saline nose drops (ie little noses) Couple drops in each nostril, wait about 2 minutes. The suck out everything you can with the nasal aspirator. It's not fun, but it'll help.It will keep the snot from dripping down the back of his throat and eventually keep it from settling in his chest. Don't worry about the vomiting, it's just uncomfortable.

Becca - posted on 02/04/2009

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Is it croup? Sometimes with a bad coughing fit actually taking them out into the cold air for a min helps them stop. Had a friend that found great success with this when the steamy bathroom wasn't working. The Dr told her that's why so many kids that get taken to the ER for BAD cough are okay by the time they get there- that getting loaded into the car and out into the cold night air on the way helps them stop coughing. - PS- I've heard from another mom the vicks on the feet with socks (as previously mentioned) works...!!



Good luck!

Melinda - posted on 02/04/2009

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My daughter had the same thing also. We found out that it was a serious sinus infection. Try mixing lemon with honey and giving him a teaspoon of it. Also, the vick's vapot plugs works really well. We have sat up holding her all night long because of the cough. We went to several specialist and they always would say allergies, asthma, or croup. After a x-ray we found out that it was her sinuses.  Has the doctor  examined for any of theses things? Good luck... I will be praying for you.

Marta - posted on 02/04/2009

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The best advice I could give you is talk to your doctor, caugh lasts up to 2 weeks after being sick.

User - posted on 02/04/2009

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Steaming in the shower works best for us.  you will have to do it several times a night depending on how bad it is.  Try to keep him in there for about 15-20 or as long as you and he can stand it .  Sometimes it also helps to breathe in really cold air after steming (this is usually rec. for croup) it breaks stuff up to breathe cold night air after steaming.



good luck!

Karyn - posted on 02/04/2009

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vicks is a good idea too but it burns too, not too good for babies. my pediatrician recommended Mentholatum to me.

Stephani - posted on 02/04/2009

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This sounds nuts, but it really really works.  Smear Baby Vicks Vapor Rub on his feet and put socks over them.  He should stop coughing within 10 minutes or so.  I've used this trick for years on my kids without fail...have also used it on myself when I've been sick.

Wendy - posted on 02/04/2009

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Check with your pediatrician, my son gets the same thing when he gets a bad cold. They have somewhat diagnosed him with seasonal asthma and we use an inhaler (Flovent) through the winter. Since I have been doing this his cough has not gotten to the point of him vomitting and his coughs have been minimal. Hope this helps.

Kristin - posted on 02/04/2009

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Thanks I have the vaporizer in his room.  But I'll try the shower. I can use all the help I can get.

Karyn - posted on 02/04/2009

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run a hot shower and sit with him in the bathroom, it will help clear him up so that he does not cough so much. A warm mist vaporizer helps in his room too. good luck.

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