Baby has a cold, any natural treatment suggestions?

Sherwood - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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my 9 month old has the sniffles, with lots of congestion and a runny nose. I prefer natural treatments, but would also like to hear about your good or bad experiences with OTC stuff, thank you for your suggestions.

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Afra - posted on 12/07/2012

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My babies 6th month startedand having extreme cold plz suggest giving him fenistil

Kayren - posted on 01/06/2010

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Rub Vicks on Soles of feet and chest and back. They still use this method in nursing homes today for the elderly. I have always done this. Another tip my son had bad bronchititis when he was very young, antibiotics were not helping. Beby doctor said take your child to beach and allow him to eat as much sand as he wants. The sea is the only place where you have every mineral at one place, which our foods are missing nowadays. I didn't believe it at first until he was healthy next morning like nothing had happened. Might have a sandy poo for a day or so but it works wonders. If all mothers did this befor taking their child to doc, we would not have the problems of everyone using to much antibiotics in our life. You won't regret it trust me....

MINDY - posted on 10/09/2012

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saline drops is good....i will use also steam at night for my baby...ill prepare him a lemon with honey 2 drink..

Cathy - posted on 01/06/2010

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my 6 month old has a cold also i went out bought the vicks plug in and a cool mist humidifier that i use in his room seems to be working and also i raised the head of his vribm all seems to be helping

Stephanie - posted on 01/06/2010

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I use Melaleuca oil in a vaporizer when my children are sick and rub it on their chest as well. They now request it theirselves. Vicks is not the best thing to use either...what I used to use as well. As a mom of six, I found out that you need to be using all natural cleaning products in your home to keep your children from getting colds and illnesses...in over 2 1/2 years since we converted....not one of my six kids have been sick!

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Andrea - posted on 08/10/2011

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get sambucus elderberry syrup for kids from a local health food store. follow the directions. also, hyland's c plus cold tablets. together definetely shorten the duration of the cold. both are natural.

Ashley - posted on 01/07/2010

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There is a book that you can order off amazon.com that I have found to be amazing it called the Herbal Drug Store and features not only natural cures but pharamacutical ones as well.

Amber - posted on 01/06/2010

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My littl one had a cold at about 7 months and the only thing my dr said I could do was tyonole, nose saline, the booger sniffer, and humidifer.. That was the worst 5 days of my life!! Then of course she got mama sick too which wasn't easy!! good luck!!

Amber - posted on 01/06/2010

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You know what I loved to do? I'll get some of that Johnson and Johnson's baby bath that has the soothing vapors, make a nice warm bath and get into the tub with my daughter. We'd snuggle, play with the bubbles and breathe in the vapors, which always got her relaxed. And then I'd dress her in her jammies and put her into bed with me, right next to the humidifier. She's always fall right to sleep and wake up feeling better.

Patience - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hyland's makes some amazing homeopathic remedies for all of these kids ailments! They work very well! www.hylands.com I also use a vaporizer often.

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2010

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do u have any naturopath stores or health stores near u? I live in Australia and at a health store they have a range called "brauer", it is all natural medicines and have a baby range.
Their products are great! and u know ur child isnt getting any chemicals or anything inside them. they have quite a few things for colds and teething, and have worked great for me and saved me from having to put my child on antibiotics quite a few times:). I know i can also find the products in the local chemist 2. They are a bit price, but not THAT expansive.
I would go to ur local health store or chemist and ask a staff member for natural medicines.

Sue - posted on 01/06/2010

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I found a humidifier (something that puts moisture into the air) worked really well with my two when they have a stuffed up nose(cold)etc. There are so many different brands and vapours that you can use with them now so lots to choose from. Also vicks seemed to give a little relief too but didn't last all night and you don't need to put it on their skin either maybe their collar or back of their shirt etc so they can smell it. My friend puts it on her kids soles of their feet and swears that it works really well - I haven't tried that but I guess its worth a go. ;)

Sherwood - posted on 01/05/2010

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oh, and I gave her some Humphrey's teething solution and a dose of Ibuprophen

Sherwood - posted on 01/05/2010

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THANKS ALL, I have the humidifier on and some baby vicks with the lavender and mild menthol on her chest- I hate putting petroleum on her skin, anyone know of a similar product that has plant derived oils? I have some baby saline I will try that if she wakes and will not go back to sleep. Teething eh, I haven't noticed a fever, but maybe a bit clamy...so teething can cause bad congestion?

Rebecca - posted on 01/05/2010

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I always try and stick with natural remedies as much as possible. It's hard with the little ones though..... As most have stated the first choice is using steam - by, shower or humidifier (I prefer the humidifier while their sleeping). Make sure you are using filtered water though! Definitely try and cut down the milk if possible, which helps clear the mucus. The only OTC product I've used for my son is Sinupret. It supports healthy sinus, respiratory, and immune function. When my child was that small I would add a few drop (1/4-1/2 normal dose) to his water or juice. Hope this helps!

Donna - posted on 01/05/2010

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I have to say the Vaporizer with the Vicks is the way to go. I also give my son bathes with a few drops of eucalyptus oil to help him breath. I use the Vicks Baby Rub. My little boy likes warm apple cider/juice with a little honey and lemon with lots of chicken soup! :)

Our MD said it was fine to give a child honey after their first birthday !

Joyce - posted on 01/05/2010

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Try boiling water on the stove through out the day it helps keep the whole house moister

Tara - posted on 01/05/2010

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It is not recommended that you give Children under two honey for fear of botulism..diluted or not it isnt safe.

Shannon - posted on 01/05/2010

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My lil girl and I just had the flu Her nose was really bad Steam up the bathroom run a hot shower and just sit in the stem then use the sucker thing it works wonders

Katie - posted on 01/05/2010

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Hydrasense is amazing it comes in a baby nose spray and clears out the nose and sinuses. We were told to use it from an Emerg. Dr when our first was 5 weeks old (in the baby level) and she was having a hard time breathing. Cleared her up and we've been using it ever since. It is sea salt water and is great, can't say enough for it!!!!

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I've used Saline Drops with my little one (Little Noses) and it works wonders!! That and a nasal aspirator seem to do the trick for us. Good luck. Hope yours feels better soon!

Afra - posted on 01/05/2010

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i've experienced my kid having cold symptoms a few times. she is 13months now. What i usually do is put a humidifier in her room, i take her warm baths so it also helps to open up her nose. the worst is at night they really suffer so put some nose drop, that helps. i also apply childrens Vix on her back and chest. give her warm drinks like camomile or thyme tea with honey. but dont put too much honey she'l have a runny stomach. and thats as natural as i can get.

Allison - posted on 01/05/2010

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Oh good you are at least getting relief from that. Plain Tylenol is best for fever. I am sorry I should of cleared that in the recent post. Anything with Pseudophededrine in it is not good for a baby. Most OTC decongestants have them in them... too many side effects... if baby is getting relief from humidity and fluids and Tylenol that's great.... good luck

Krista - posted on 01/05/2010

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My pediatrician has said to not ever give my daughter ANY sort of cold medicine until she is over 2 years old. The most we ever do is tylenol and a humidifier and we do good even through the little sniffles.

Allison - posted on 01/05/2010

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Congestion is common around that age with teething. If it is the common cold you can ease her congestion with humidity (you can have her sit in her chair and keep her in the bathroom with you and run the hot steam from the shower) you can run a humidifier in her room as well as a vaporizer. Rubbing her down with Vicks (mix with vaseline or make sure it is for infants) As far as OTC decongestants... Infants Tylenol is best. Keep baby propped when sleeping so it does not drain down into the ears and throat. Usually sleeping in their carrier helps. Also a hot bath and rubbing baby down with lavender can soothe as well... My son is 14 years old and this is how I treated him from birth on. I eased the symptoms. Let the cold take its course and if fever is present... hydrate with fluids and Tylenol for fever. If you don't see an improvement with the symptoms (especially if fever does not break) seek your pediatricians help. I am a Tech in 2 hospitals. There are plenty of nasty bugs going around from the common cold to the stomach bug... let me know if there is anything else you need advice on.... good luck....

Amy - posted on 01/05/2010

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Up the fluid intake, and get a cool mist humidifier. I have a daughter who has severe asthma and gets upper resp. infections alot, and has had RSV 3 times(along with nasal congestion), and I have found the cool mist humidifier to be the best thing there is to offer! Run it constantly in whatever room she is in. I move mine from the front of the house during the day, to the back of the house just about an hour b4 she goes to bed to get the room prepared for her. (or you could get 2 or 3 of them lol) Avoid cold medicine OTC at all costs! They are so dangerous for that age. You should also consider going to the doctor to rule out any infection. Another thing is, if she has a real stuffy nose, there is some stuff called simply saline (or somehting like that) for baby. It is a great product and all it is is saline water (sterile of course) and it dries those stubborn snots and boogies right up! LOL!!

Ashley - posted on 01/05/2010

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California Baby makes a great cold and flu bubble bath. I run the shower really hot for awhile to steam up the bathroom with some of that bubble bath. Califorrnia Baby is all natural organic ingredients. The humidifier helps too. Good luck!

Tara - posted on 01/05/2010

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Vicks makes Baby Rub... Our pediatrician told us to only put it on the bottom of the feet if under a year and over a year you can do a light rub on the back and feet (as an adult I put the regular Vicks on my feet with thick socks, it works great). The Johnson and Johnson vapor bath is great, and a cool air humidifier works best. Our youngest was diagnosed with RSV at 3 months and it is better if when you use a ball syringe to suck out the yuck to us a little saline (Ocean is the best) it makes it easier to come out and and easier on your little one...Hope your little one feels better soon...so tough when they are sick...as moms we feel so helpless

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Yes I have plenty of remedies. How old is the baby?? I never recommend over the counter stuff. Lets see congestion and runny nose.... cod liver oil (oil not capsules) Preferably Carlson's Norwegian blend they have a lemon flavor for kids. like a 1/2 teaspoon 2x's a day and vitamin B complex morning and afternoon. Lots of tea especially chamomile.
Stay away from milk and dairy products until congestion dissipates. Lots of fluid and hot baths with eucalyptus in it. Get the natural oil and put some in the humidifier too just a couple of drops to the water it helps purify the air. Give it about a week and you should see results.

it is probably teething. Don't worry it will pass. But definitely keep up with the cod liver oil. it helps if the baby has had ear infections too.

Erica - posted on 01/05/2010

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Cool mist humidifier at night. Put something under one side of the mattress to elevate at night. Saline drops in the nose - there is no limit to how many times you can do this a day. If it doesn't go away within a week or if she starts wheezing at all, make an appointment with your doctor to make sure it hasn't spread to an ear infection or something more serious like RSV.

Emma - posted on 01/05/2010

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Vicks vaporizor, works for about 8 hours and you can put it in any room that baby is in.

Eva - posted on 01/05/2010

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You can VapoRub on her chest, back, and feet (put some socks on) at bed time she should have a better night sleep. I always use this with my kids.

Somaya - posted on 01/05/2010

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hot bath at night then massage his body with olive oil til the morning bathe again in the morning.

Angela - posted on 01/05/2010

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I would try sitting in the bathroom while a hot shower runs and let the steam help relieve some of the congestion. There is also this stuff called baby simply saline that works really good along with sucking the nose out to relieve the congestion. Johnson baby product also make a vapor bath that you could use while you give her a bath.

Keli - posted on 01/05/2010

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Well when my girls were sick I didn't like to give them meds unless I had too. But a Vaporizer or humidifier helped alot especially with the vicks in the water. Hope this helps and I hope she feels better soon!

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