I have a 4 month old and he's sick with a bad cough, it makes me nervous when they're that little and sick. I took him to the doctor but they said its just a cold. Does anyone have a child that little that is sick?

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User - posted on 11/19/2008

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My son was really sick at that age. He ended up with brociolitis and on a nebulizer. It was really hard for me to see him like that. But like any cold it will pass. Just follow the doctors instructions and your mother insticts and he should be fine!

Matet - posted on 12/19/2012

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please help my 6months old son is having runny nose, cough and flu at the same time. His taking Adol, Primalan for cough and Dilanyl for cold with Doctors advice but still not working. There is no improvement.

Ge - posted on 11/19/2008

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Yes, my baby daughter will soon be four months. At two months she caught a cold n had a very bad cough. I was especially nervous. Her pediatrician recommended some non-medicated saline drops that goes into the baby's nose to loosen up the boogers and help baby breath better. U can find this at most stores. Because baby is coughing a lot, it may cause them to have a dry and sore throat. So u might want to get some non-flavored pedia-light. Substitute about one ounce of this instead of water for the formula. This is suppose to relieve their dry throats and may reduce baby's cough. But only do this twice a day. Then there's also some baby vicks. I like to rub this on the baby's chest, throat and just a touch under the nose to help baby breath better. And i always make sure to run the humidifyer. I hope this helps. I hope ur baby gets better soon.

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I have a 6 month old who just got over having a nasty cough. It was very obviously in his chest but when I called the doc, they said it was a cold and gave me all the things to do to help with the symptoms. I had his 6 month well check last week so I figured if it wasn't better by then, at least the doc would see him. Well, they checked him out from head to toe and it was still just a cold that had to run its course. Ironically, he got better over the weekend, even with all the smoky air from the fires. Anyway, I would go to the doc if you are worried...us mothers know our babies more than anyone. But I just wanted you to know that if it is a cold, it make take a week or two to pass.

Ashley Nichole - posted on 01/11/2013

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my baby is three months old and his sickness started yesterday. i called his doctor and they said to buy little nose saline drops and sit with him in the bathroom with shower on hot so the steam will get to him. im also giving his infant tylenol and sucking his nose out. and im using baby vicks rub. i'm also not letting him sleep laying flat since he's so congested. if he;s not better by monday im taking him in to his doctor.

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User - posted on 11/19/2008

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My daughter is a little younger but she was really sick as well not to long ago...I was told by my doctor to put Eucalyptus Oil in her crib and to put a small amount of baby vicks on her feet it healped alot she slept better and could breath better...a few sailene drops in their nose if the have dried boogies lol all of this is without giving then drugs because I dont like that...So I hope I helped a little its scary when their so little and sick...try not to worry tho

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2008

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My son started with coughs that lasted for months. He was born in March and this began his first fall and went through winter. When he was 2yrs old I took him to an allergist since food allergies run in our family and he was sick the same time of year the following year. He is allergic to mold and is considered pre-asthmatic, so we were given a nebulizer, pulmicort and albuterol. He's now 3.5 yrs and is doing much better this fall, praise God. We're using OTC allergy medicine and he rarely gets a breathing treatment. I only do them if he gets a cough that he can't shake after a couple of weeks. He is the 3rd little boy on our street to go through this, all the same age. Weird--neither of my daughters had this happen but we lived many states away from where we do now, so maybe that is part of it.



Anyhow, just sharing incase this hangs on or it reoccurs next year around this time so you can think to maybe head to the allergist (we prefer pediatric allergists). Official asthma testing can't be done until they are older since it's a controlled breathing test.

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Sounds like you have gotten alot of good advice, Mine is to keep his airways clear of as much drainage as you can. Also rub the bottom of his feet with vicks and put socks on him. Give him lots of fluids.

Amy - posted on 11/19/2008

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My youngest had a really bad cough and sore throat at that age...did they use the term croope at all with you?? cause it's basically a cold, but it seems 10 times worse in young children...cold air helps so if you take your baby for quick walks it will help...and moisture, so we left the humidifier on alot...and lots of tylenol....baby will be fine, but yes i understand the worry and stress, just try to relax and keep baby comfortable with pain reliever. hope that helped.

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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If you aren't already running a humidifier in his room, elevating the crib mattress, etc. Then that's a good place to start. Also, if he starts to get a stuff nose, Saline solution sprayed up the nose helps break everything apart and helps it drain. They make one for babies called "little noses". They also make Baby Vicks which is safe to use on young ones. Some people say if you put Vicks on their feet and then put socks on before bed, it helps with the cough at night. I swear it works with my two young ones!

Patti - posted on 11/19/2008

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We always did warm baths, lots of fluids, patting the back (with an open cupped hand), the nose sucker, and elevated crib mattress. There is little else you can do. Watch the fevers, anything over 101 is cause for a doctor call. Make sure he has plenty of wet diapers, to watch for dehydration. Also make sure that he doesnt seem listless, this is a sign of a problem. Other than that it will get better and look at it this way, he is building a strong immune system.

Carla - posted on 11/19/2008

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HI Jennifer! I hate when the little ones are sick; it is scary. I remember the first time my daughter spiked a fever of 104, I freaked out. The only thing you can do is keep him comfortable. Did they tell you about anything you can give him to make him more comfortable (Tylenol cold, dimetapp)? I do suggest keeping him up right as much as possible to keep the fluid from draining back to his ears. If the symptoms last more than 4 days, he starts spiking a fever or pulling at his ears call the doctor back. I hope he gets well soon. Take good care of yourself so you do not wind up sick too (Vitamins & rest).

Victoria - posted on 11/19/2008

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hello! my son is now 4 but he has always been sick ever since he was tiny! everytime he gets a cough or cold or anything he is always sick! i'm sure there is nothing to worry about!! coughs and colds are terrible though because there really isnt much you can do for them especially at that age! Have you tried olbas oil for children? you put a couple of drops on a piece of material out of reach at bedtime and it really clears their chests and noses! just an idea!

Melissa - posted on 11/19/2008

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My daughters 2, but I remember when she was little. Seems like she kept a cough. I kept taking her to the doctor and he said the same. He wrote her a perscription for Bromhist. It's to help with the drainage...since they can't clear their throat or blow their nose, it all just sits there. It seemed to help her a lot. But I felt like she was on those drops all the time. She's older now, so she kinda knows how to blow her nose and cough. It'll be ok, I guess you have to keep taking her to the dr so it doens't get to an infection.

Amy - posted on 11/19/2008

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Just look out for fever in a baby that small! Don't let the fever go untreated... call your MD right away. Also, you need to be aware of RSV in a child that young!

Shanda - posted on 11/19/2008

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Keep an eye on the cough. If it sounds like it is going into the chest and your little one sounds wheezy take him/her back in. Push the doctors. I won't tell you my horrible story because I don't want to scare you but if you really feel the cough doesn't sound right go with your gut.

Tina - posted on 11/19/2008

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Mine are 5 and 18 months, and although it may sound bad, I don't take them to the doctor for much anymore. I got so tired of hearing "elevate the crib, run the de-humidifier and listen for a wheeze." They can't give them anything, and they have no other good information for you....but you still have to pay for it. So now I try to stay relaxed. Take them in warm steamy bathrooms, and keep a rolled up blanket under the crib mattress. It's hard that they're so helpless and you can't do much, but you'll both get through it. Good Luck!

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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Our son had a pretty bad cold at that age. We actually put him in the car carrier seat to sleep at night (he is a strong boy and had the muscles to keep from slumping over and cutting off his oxygen, which is why newborns aren't to be in their seats long) and put a vaporizer in his room. Gentle Naturals also sells a chest rub without typical medicines in it. It is an all-natural way to help a sick infant breathe. We also used the aspirator to remove as much snot as we could before putting him down for the night. Colds just run their course and other than eleviate the symptoms, there isn't much one can do.

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