my 6 mnth old baby boy have a cough snce 1 day now he has a conjestion in breathing and a sound is there while he breate...i am giving him cough syrup amydramine as my doc suggested.is there need to give him anti histamine and nebulisation???anybody pls help
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Mary - posted on 12/10/2012
I guess you need to trust your doctor, but my daughter got like that when she was 5 months old and I took her to the ER. They gave her several albuterol treatments, and gave me the nebulizer to use at home for 1 day or 2. I've never used the medicine again, but when she starts congesting, I used the nebulizer with saline and works just fine. I do not believe in medicating a child so small, but that just my opinion. My daughter was getting pale and blue when we got to the ER so it was serious. However, she was not diagnosed with asthma, and the albuterol was just for a couple of days. Again, this is just my personal opinion. My ped has never allowed me to give anything to my daughter for cough, not even vitamin C (prescribed)
Mary - posted on 12/17/2012
Well, like I said before it took her a while to get completely better. The saline in the nebulizer and the hot water in the shower made a great difference.
I won't lie to you, it took her a couple of months to get absolutely better, but keep in mind babies don't know how to expulse mucus and that's why a congestion takes so long to go away.
This is the trick I still use with my daugther. It sounds and seems rash, but believe me, it works.
I did my own saline drop with 8 ounces of water and a baby spoon of salt. Mix it and that's it. Now I take an empty syringe without the needle and fill it with the saline. I put my baby on my lap, head down in the bathroom (I sit on the toilet), and shot the whole syringe in one nostril, no fear, don't think about it much, and you'll see the mucus coming out. I do the same with the other nostril, and only do it twice for each nostril. I know how it sounds, but I've seen my baby getting better, and I see how she rest after I do that to her. If you are too afraid to do this, just put the saline in the nebulizer instead of the medicine.
I decided to follow my grandma's advice (the syringe) because the congestion was taking too long to go away, and like I said, your baby is too small to Know how to blow his little nose.
About the antibiotic, rest assure knowing your child doesn't need any cough medicine. Antibiotics are usually given to babies with congestions for inflammations not infections.
Keep in mind antibiotics may cause loss of apetite so it may take even longer for the congestion to get better if the baby is not eating well.
You are doing the right thing, you are being a great mom, and I'm feel really happy you looked for a second opinion. Be prepared when your child start school, this episode is very likely to repeat itself. Take care
Ajila - posted on 12/12/2012
mary...i went for a second doctor and she did an xray of chest and said no infection...but i dnt know why that lady prescribed amoxcillin antibiotic for him.wen i asked the reason she said that it was since he have wheezing.now i am giving him compivit nebulization three times a day and mucum syrup three times a day.its very hard for me to see my baby congested so much thanks a lot mary for your advice..anyway i stoped using amydramine...
Mary - posted on 12/12/2012
Ajila trust yourself. If you feel so confused you should look for a second opinion (doctor). I don't know your particular situation about medical expenses or insurance, but in the meantime, I'd love to give you a little advise. Like I said, I refuse to give my child a strong medicine unless is absolutely neccessary. Im not going to lie to you, the congestion didn't completely disappear after the treatment, but it was much more subtle. So anytime I felt she was going to get bad, I took her to the bathroom, hot water runnning and door closed. It helped her a lot and I avoided using the albuterol, I did it once a day for like 2 days, not longer than 20 minutes, and after that I just took her with me when I was going to shower and did it for like 5 minutes or less. Also, my grandma told me to put bowl or pot with water under her bed when sleeping and is supposed to help keep the environment humid, so easier to breathe. I honestly hope I can help because I've been in your position and I know how terrible it is to have a baby with a bad congestion. Once again, if I were you, I'll try and look for a second opinion about the medicine
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