5 Month Old with Cold and COUGH! What can I do?

Whitney - posted on 01/20/2013 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I took my baby in to the doctor when she was 4 months old (she's recently just turned 5 months old). He said she had a cold and to just continue to do the saline drops up her nose and suck her nose out. I also got her a cool mist humidifier. She somewhat got rid of her cold, but with this lovely 70 degree one minute 35 degree the next minute Florida weather I think she's gotten the cold back.. But this time, with a vengeance! My poor babys cough is way worse than before! She cant even sleep. She literally coughs non stop. And obviously, she is only 5 months so there's no medicine for her. Considering Monday is a holiday, we have two more days until we can make a doctor appt.. What can I do in the meantime? HELP!!

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/20/2013

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Keep doing what you are doing in the meantime. Also, if she has a fever you may need to get it down with either tylenol or ibuprofen.

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Whitney - posted on 01/23/2013

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Ya, i'm almost 100% she got the RSV shot at her 2 month check up. Granted she's 5 months now. I wanna say it wasnt a shot though.. Was your sons a shot or clear liquid he had to drink? And am I suppose to request it every 28 days? I've read on several different websites that RSV is a lot like a cold but can lead to worse things and that from age 2 and up the symptoms are the same as a cold. I guess a lot of people dont even realize they have RSV. I also read that in kids under 2 the symptoms are jus worse. So in the even that she gets it again, it shouldnt be as bad as this time. Thank you for your advice! :)

Nicole - posted on 01/23/2013

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Hey! I'm know I'm late but my son had RSV but she can out grow it especially when you get her shot for it every 28 days word of advice don't smoke now if you do don't smoke around her always, wash your hands, keep your humidifier filter changed every 3 months, change your clothes if you do smoke and tie your hair up I mean like put something over it so the smell don't be in your hair

Whitney - posted on 01/22/2013

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And I meant over the counter medicine. I kno a doctor can prescribe medicine.. Hence why I went.

Whitney - posted on 01/22/2013

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Thanks to every Mom who was HELPFUL! In response to Diane Sower: This website is for moms to help other moms out.. First off, MY daughters cough and all other symptoms jus started maybe 20 minutes before I posted this. Second, I would never have just left her to be if I thought it was that bad. If it was THAT extreme I would have most definitely taken her to the E.R. Third, If what I do or post on here about MY child "shocks the crap" out of you that much.. Keep scrolling past it. This is MY child. NO ONE knows her like me. And I dont even feel I need to explain myself to you.. So consider this common courtesy. And do us both a favor, and don't write back. Thank you for your concern anyway.

Diane - posted on 01/22/2013

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I just read your post script and feel strongly that you cannot leave a five month old with that kind of cough alone. I would immediately hit the E.R. next time, and never assume you won't be given medicine for a baby. That's simply not true. Babies that young die from that disorder if left without professional care. Going online for help rather than the hospital shocks the crap out of me.

Claire - posted on 01/22/2013

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I 2nd the Vicks vapor rub on the feet for helping to de-congest your baby. I also put on socks to help the effects last longer. Also, instead of just saline drops, I do a full saline rinse using 1/4 tsp baking soda + 1/4 tsp kosher salt (or a salt with no iodine) mixed in 8 oz of distilled water warmed up to a tepid temperature. Tip baby over sink, then use the suck-out syringes to pull up the saline solution into it. Then squirt it into one nostril. Usually a nice bit of mucus comes out. You'll know you're done when it's only water coming out. Repeat in the other nostril.

Good luck!

Christine - posted on 01/22/2013

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Call your Dr. They always have someone on call that can help you. There may be some medicines you can use for the cough. I used to use Pediacare and Triaminic. I believe they have night time formulas for the cough at night. You may also want to elevate her crib a little so her head is higher than her feet. This way the mucous will drain better.

Janie - posted on 01/22/2013

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Put a little bit of Vicks on baby's feet and that will help with the cough/sneezing symptoms.

Whitney - posted on 01/22/2013

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Thank you soo much for your help! I took her to the doc yesterday morning and they confirmed that evening she has RSV. Its going to be a long road to good health, but we're on our way! Wish me luck with the steroids.. I seen one episode of hers after only taking them once! But im willing to do whatever to get my happy baby back! ;) Thanks again.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/20/2013

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Get her to the doctor again. It may be something different. You should be able to call up an emergency line with a doctor on staff if you can not get in sooner. They will let you know what to do.

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