my 14 month old

User - posted on 10/22/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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What is the best medicine to give to my 14 month old who has a very dry cough and a fever?

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Cari - posted on 10/22/2011

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If the fever persists for 48 hrs and you're giving baby ibuprofen regularly, go see Dr. For the cough, there is no medicine. Our Dr's advise against OTC baby cough syrup as it does nothing for the cough, however you can do a few things at home (this is our Dr's advice and does help our DS, now 23 mos, but regularly catching colds since he started nursery at 14 mos):

Coughs and stuffed noses benefit from:
Cool mist vapouriser left to run overnight. You can buy eucalyptus drops to put in the vapours which also helps (put drops in the tray not in the vapouriser water directly)

When anyone takes a shower, bring baby into the shower room and let them breathe in the steam.

To soothe sore throats, mix 2 tbsp honey (if not allergic) with a few drops of lemon juice and microwave for a few seconds to warm it up. If too warm add a few drops of cold water. Spoon feed to baby. This is the same relief they will get from OTC baby cough syrup, without any chemicals!

Encouage fluids, especially for the fever, and let them eat when they're hungry but don't worry if they're not hungry while they're sick, just keep pushing fluids.

Hope baby is feeling better soon x

Anna - posted on 10/24/2011

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Lots of liquids and rest - if you're breastfeeding, breastmilk is the best medicine of all.

Elfrieda - posted on 10/22/2011

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Everything I was going to say, Cari just said.
-humidifier in bedroom
-steamy showers
-honey lemon tea
-don't stress about food, just fluids
Except I don't like to give my child any fever-reducers unless the fever is very high.
I'm glad your baby is feeling better!

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Cough medicines aren't safe for little ones and most don't really work anyway. Hopefully the nebulizer treatments will knock it out for him. I have coughing issues and they are ANNOYING. My inhaler helps sometimes, but it takes me a week or two of regular usage to knock it out again.... and it's hard for me to remember to do regularly, so I usually end up coughing for a month or two first.

Kali - posted on 10/22/2011

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Ops. Even at 14 months you cannot give them over the counter cough medicine until they are 2 years old. My son was put on allergy medicine before he turned two for a cough and runny nose, but it was based on his weight. You have to go to the Dr. to get the right medicine and the right dose. My son (3) is currently being treated with an inhaler for a cough because it is a lung issue rather than a cold. You will have to take him to the Dr so they can listen and give you the right meds.

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Laura - posted on 10/24/2011

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I gave my children the childrens tylenol plus cough when they ran fever and cough but check the weight chart and if ur baby is under any of the weights listed I'd call my local pharmacists or my babies doc.2 see what they recommend. hope he or she gets 2 feeling better and I hope this was helpful

User - posted on 10/22/2011

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Yea he's doing better as of now after his treatment and im keeping his fever down with infants advil :-)

User - posted on 10/22/2011

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Thank you! :-) yes my son is already being treated for asthma. And I was givin a nebulizer a couple weeks ago. It seems to work really well and fast.

Kali - posted on 10/22/2011

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There is nothing you can give a 4 month old over the counter for a cough. You must go to the Dr! You can give them infant Tylenol or IBprofine (Advil) for the fever. (Make sure it is for infants and not toddlers.) However, for the cough you really should take him to the Dr. If the fever is over 104 you need to go to the emergency room! I hope that helps.

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