my five month old is sick what to do

Shakirah - posted on 03/24/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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i try infants non aspirin drops ...and i have vicks

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Bonnie - posted on 03/24/2011

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Yes you are right Anreh, Vicks is too harsh for an infant and the recommendation for it is over 2 years of age, but the liquid vicks vapourizor is different, you are not applying it directly to the skin. It is in the air created by the steam; big difference.

I also used Saline drops, but found that they didn't help for long and then had to use them again.

For over the counter medicines like Children's Advil and Tylenol, the recommendation is not before 4 months of age.

Anreh - posted on 03/24/2011

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If they have a temperature, I would call the doctor just to be sure that it's safe to give medication. Humidifiers are definitely helpful! I also buy the saline solution and just take a cotton swab and soak the saline solution on there and apply it in the nose (like when you are cleaning their nose). Vicks might be too harsh for the skin at 5 months. I think the packaging recommends after 2 years. They do have a baby Vicks though that just has lavender that you can use to massage your baby's back to help loosen up any congestion. We also always try to elevate so that baby doesn't get an ear infection. Our doctor recommended letting our little one sleep in her carrier when she got sick around that age. I think it also help them breathe a bit easier. Best of luck to you!

Shelley - posted on 03/24/2011

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if you have to even think about it to write this post I would g in & see the doctor that way you can have a proffessional oppinion & feel at ease.

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Is there a temperature? What are your baby's signs/symptoms? I would avoid any over-the-counter meds period without consultation from the pediatrician's office. A tiny little body is not equipped to handle medication and it's hard to pinpoint an exact dosage. A steam bath is a goo option. But when in doubt, please contact the pediatrician's office. Speak to a nurse. Good luck :-)

Carrie - posted on 03/24/2011

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healthy or sick, I always kept saline drops on the changing table and gave them a little splash once a day to help prevent germs from taking hold and to break up any congestion that may be forming. My girls always felt better after a soothing bath - cool bath if they had a temp. Take some time for yourself when this is done. It is hard on the mommy to see their little one not well!

Bonnie - posted on 03/24/2011

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You can use it during naps if you would like, I just use it at night though because it is hours upon hours that the kids are asleep and it gets dry in the house.

Bonnie - posted on 03/24/2011

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We used ours when our boys were babies. It should be okay. It's just a steam and it's not strong.

Shakirah - posted on 03/24/2011

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oh ok i have the liquid vapourizor but i was not sure if u he was too young for it

Bonnie - posted on 03/24/2011

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I usually use children's Advil or tylenol for fever and some vicks on the chest for cough or congestion. Another thing that may work well is a vapourizor. There are some that you can put the liquid vicks in.

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