Congested Baby

Christine - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My 6 1/2 month old son has seemed very congested the last 2 nights. He didnt have anything new (food wise) before it happened the first time, so I'm guessing it's a cold starting.

What can I do for him?

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Heather - posted on 09/26/2009

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Hi Christine,
This may sound weird but it REALLY does work. Rub a little Vicks Vaporub on the soles of his feet (but put socks or a Bonds suit on him so that he can't touch his feet and rub it in his eyes).
It reallly works - often as soon as over-night - it really clears the little ones up. It works on adults too.
Heather

Diane - posted on 09/24/2009

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Hi Christine, My name is Diane Ramos and I'm from Porterville, CA.

Here's a couple of suggestions: If he's congested it sometimes could be determining where you live the weather change. I know for congestion sometimes it helps to use a humidifier or vaporizer and if you don't have one you can rub vick's vapor rub on his chest, the bottom of his feet, on his back in the lungs area, and a little on his nose and you can also go in the restroom and turn the shower on so that it gets steamy in the restroom and sit with him in there for about 5 mins. Sometimes this will help to loosen up the congestion. These are things I've done with my own kids and they worked and by the way I'm a mother of 7 children. I'm not really for giving them medicine for every little thing although it is each individual's choice.

Karen - posted on 09/25/2009

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an old wives remedy which does work is to rub a little butter on either side of the nose it does work try it on yourself first if the child has a bad chest one of the best things you can do is rub goosegrease on thier chest back and soles of thier feet you can buy it in jars in the supermarket and keep it in the fridge. I know this definately works as it helped when my daughter had whooping cough

Tracy - posted on 10/12/2009

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Humidifier, warm bath, breastmilk, sinus rinse, and boogie wipes! All good things....I also have a homeopathic doc who gave me this awesome chest rub made from plantain, eucalyptus and menthol it works! He also prescribes some homeopathic stuff when for a cold but I used it even when Jax was only teething because I knew his immune system was low.



Hope those sniffles go away...

REBECCA - posted on 09/25/2009

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my son started cutting teeth at two months, and congestion is a part of cutting teeth. he had his first tooth at four months. just watch him, ask your doctor if their is anything you can give him for it, but generally, depending on where you live also, there is nothing you can do. use some baby orajel on his gums and see if that helps. my granddaughter is also suffering from congestion, and has since birth. it might be allergies, is could be an allergy to pets. if you have a pet, keep the pet somewhere away from the baby for a little while, a week or so, and see if that helps. doctors tell you that babies don't suffer from allergies, but from personall experience, all my children showed signs early in life and still suffer. my oldest is 22 and my youngest is 9 and they all suffer from allergies. btw i have four children.

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Verna - posted on 09/29/2009

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My suggenstion is to use a humidifier and add some equliptus in the front section.(spelling)??? leave the humidiier on in baby's room or where you are at in your house. then use it again at night for a few hours before baby goes to sleep. You can also use Karvol capsules that you can put in baby's cot drop on pillow, a drop or two on blanket etc. There is also a new Karvol Room Spray that you can use just before you put babay to bed, spray some in his room. Sterimar is also very good spray it in baby's nose,it s spring water not harmful at all.

Christina - posted on 09/28/2009

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I agree with most replies here. Use a humidifier regularly, baby viks rub on the nose, back and chest, and saline drops in the nostrils, and suction their nasal as often as you can, be careful though, both of my girls had congestion regularly during the first 6 months and both of them had infected bronchial tubes that needed more attention with a nebulizer. I'd give it a couple of days and i you see GREENISH/YELLOW snot...call a dr

Vickie - posted on 09/28/2009

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Get a vaporizer and have it going in his room and where ever he is at. You can use saline nasal spray and suction and that will help also.

Renee - posted on 09/27/2009

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You can get kids vicks rub a little (Just enough to gloss it) the ribs and chest. Doctors say not to do it but it does help. Please don't put alot on. you can also us infant cold stuff. If he has a fevor use motrin the tylonol (infant) use one at first and the the other for next does. keep doing it. He'll get better. Oh yeah fluids. If he don't eat much for a day just give him fluids. Hope I helped out some. Renee'

Jennifer - posted on 09/26/2009

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Most of the above advice sounds great. I just wanted to add that another way to elevate their heads is to put them to sleep in a baby seat. That's what we used to do. It could be a cold developing, or allergies. I'd make sure to dust and vacuum the room really well. If it's a dust allergy, that might help. Good luck!

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My grandmother, myself and now my daughter, as well as the mothers I counsel all swear by rubbing VapoRub (or similar product) on the soles of the feet of bubs, then putting socks on...is much more effective than rubbing chest or back and works for babies, children and adults. Try it, no more sleepless nights for bubs or you.

Joy - posted on 09/25/2009

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all awesome ideas! But as you child gets older I am a BIG fan of the netti pot. It is for older kids- my 3year old (now 5) used it on his own once we taught him. Be sure to use the Squeeze bottle one- much easier to use than the tea pot looking one- www.neilmed.com walmart and CVS carry this product. keeps the allergens from settling in the sinus area! Prevents colds and allergiies if used regulary- we use it 2x a day on all three kids (8,7and 5)

Martha - posted on 09/24/2009

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i used to use my breast milk and it would clear it right up...my grandmother told me it worked for those in a rural area in mexico were there wasn't much medicine. It worked for all my 4 kids! Hope it helps!

Karen - posted on 09/24/2009

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the baby vicks is a good idea and the cold air vaporizer but you can also try going into your bathroom and running just the hot water and let it steam up and sit with the baby in there

Lisa - posted on 09/24/2009

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I use a cool mist vaporizer and sometimes I put a few drop of eucalyptus if the water.... we also have dairy allergies or sensitivities in our home and when they get out of hand I can tell because of congestion ... so I get strict on the what they girls have .... no dairy products! and it does make a big difference. Hope this helps.

Christine - posted on 09/23/2009

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hi christine , it could be that he is teething , babies start teething during these few months , so u can monitor him if he hasn't started as yet it will continue every two or three months . good luck and they always enjoy alot of hugs and kisses too.

CONNIE - posted on 09/23/2009

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when my kids were little the best trick i found was putting vicks vapor rub on the soles of their feet (only there) and it worked like a charm!

Deborah - posted on 09/23/2009

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I have had doctores tell me to elevate the mattress in their bed by putting a blanket or two under the head of the mattress. Also have a COOL mist humidifier in their room. This will help keep them from being stuffed up and help to let the phlem drain rather than back up in their ears. If your child has a constant runny nose, sometimes having the air conditioning on will help dry the sinuses because the cooler air is usually dryer air. I hope this helps

Debora - posted on 09/23/2009

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THIS SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD BE ALLERGIES FROM THINGS IN AIR AT NIGHT .YOU CAN TRY WHAT CHRISTY SINCLAIR SAID OR HAVE HIM CHECKED BY DR TO MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT GET WORSE.LOTS OF REST AND HOMEMADE CHICKEN VEGGIE SOUP AS WELL BUILDS THE SYSTEM TO FIT OF INFECTIONS.

Renee - posted on 09/23/2009

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we are going thru this right now. We have the mattress elevated, Johnson's vapor baths (steam up the bathroom before the bath by letting the shower run on hot with the door closed), saline spray (good luck!!) and childrens vicks rub on his chest at night. Several friends told me that they put Vicks on their feet with socks on a night... sounded strange but I put my son to bed with Children's Rub on his feet and put him in pajamas with feet... he slept better than he has slept in a week!
Oh, and increase his intake of diluted 100% apple juice (milk products tend to create more congestion but don't stop giving your child their formula or nursing!)

Cathralynn - posted on 09/23/2009

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All the stuff previously suggested. I also use the johnsons and johnsons vapor bath and close the door trying to build up steam. Smells wonderful! I use it when I have a cold too. Also I used a swing so my daughter would be upright during those infant cold periods. Later she slept fine in her crib. A lil vaseline if your son sleeps with his mouth open. Put it under his nose and on his mouth, helps clean the crustys in the morning and keep his lips from chapping. Hope he feels better.

Sharon - posted on 09/22/2009

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that happens to me too. being up and moving around all day seems to me from getting congested but once night sets in and the temps drop a little, I get congested

Christine - posted on 09/22/2009

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it's not all day long, that is what is puzzling. it is only about an hour or so before bed and then at night.

not even during naps.

Sharon - posted on 09/22/2009

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Take a hot shower with him, face away from the shower and let the hot water hit your back and cascade over your shoulders with his cheek on your shoulder if he'll tolerate it. Close the bathroom door and let the steam build.



My shower is on a hose. I would often sit on the floor with the shower head aimed at my shoulder or on rainshower and let it wash over the babies.



Check the label but I think you can put Vicks vapor rub on his cheeks, high on his cheeks so the warmth gets to the sinuses if he's plugged up that way and on his chest, then put a washcloth over the chest and slip on a onsie.



I never used vicks on my babies - but thats what I've done for my older kids.



Prop up one end of his mattress so his head is slightly elevated.



A warm mist humidifier and make his bottle just little bit warmer than usual.



Use the bulb syringe sucky thing to clear boogers if he has them.

Sharon - posted on 09/22/2009

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Take a hot shower with him, face away from the shower and let the hot water hit your back and cascade over your shoulders with his cheek on your shoulder if he'll tolerate it. Close the bathroom door and let the steam build.



My shower is on a hose. I would often sit on the floor with the shower head aimed at my shoulder or on rainshower and let it wash over the babies.



Check the label but I think you can put Vicks vapor rub on his cheeks, high on his cheeks so the warmth gets to the sinuses if he's plugged up that way and on his chest, then put a washcloth over the chest and slip on a onsie.



I never used vicks on my babies - but thats what I've done for my older kids.



Prop up one end of his mattress so his head is slightly elevated.



A warm mist humidifier and make his bottle just little bit warmer than usual.



Use the bulb syringe sucky thing to clear boogers if he has them.

User - posted on 09/22/2009

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You can use Little Noses saline solution. Usually a couple of drops in each nostril will really help loosen the congestion. Baby Vicks Vapo Rub is wonderful! Just make sure it's the "Baby" kind. It has totally different ingredients than the regular Vicks!! A cool mist vaporizer can also work wonders!! They are only about $12 or so at Walmart!!! Hope this helps some!!! :o)

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