Baby is sick and wont sleep due to caughing what should i give him win baby ty isnt enough?

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Emily - posted on 01/05/2010

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All the suggestions are great for a sick baby... saline, suction, steam in the bathroom, humidifier, vicks baby rub. Here are a few more... Turn the heat down a bit and/or close vents that might be blowing hot air near the baby (might need to bundle an extra layer, but make sure baby's not getting overheated.) Offer breastmilk or formula a bit more often than usual so throat won't be dry. Also, both my kids started "coughing" at around 4 or 5 months old. If your baby doesn't have any other symptoms (stuffy/drippy nose, fever, etc.) he/she might just be hanging out and experimenting with making noises... just a more annoying variation on cooing or babbling.

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Actually, for those who are dealing with tough fevers, you can alternate Tylenol every 4 hours with Motrin every 4 hours (i.e. Tylenol at 12, then Motrin at 2, then Tylenol at 4, then Motrin at 6...)

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I'm a huge fan of the warm mist humidifier with the VapoSteam. Certainly, you've got to make sure that you've assessed for other things, but propping up the pillow or mattress and adding that can get you a long way!

Andrea - posted on 01/05/2010

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oh yeah another trick, if the baby is a little older ( it would really help if we knew how old) but if the cough sounds flemmy if you have like a hand held massagers put your baby across your knees and rub the massager across his back to help loosen the gunk.

Judy - posted on 01/05/2010

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babies under 6 months can't have motrin...and baby tylenol doesn't do anything for a cough....my son had a cough for wat seemed like 2 months straight when he was 3 months old... i used to take him warm shower with johnson n johnson vapor bath, then put some vapor rub on his chest n back it wasn't the vicks brand its one especially for smaller babies it part of the ones that make the "Little noses...or Little Tummies" stuff. ..Then dressed him warm...Suction any junk out of his nose w/ bulb and saline spray. Put a cool mist humidifier right next to his bassinet and had a vapur plug in. Oh and also put a small folded towel under bassinet matress to elevate his head a bit. .... Even after all that sometimes we would only get a few hours of good sleep...I would do the hot steamy bathroom in the middle of nite sometime. . . . Hope you lil one gets better soon

Justina - posted on 01/05/2010

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i use an old fashioned remedy that my great grandma taught me. i take oatmeal and make it into a kinda paste with the baby vicks. but its more like just a thin layer of vicks on the oatmeal. really thin. then i let it dry for a few hrs and i put the oatmeal in a sock n make like a homemade rice pack. then every time my boy gets fussy i just pop it in the microwave for like 30 sec adn put it on his tummy. it gives just enough to break up the mucus n loosen everything and my boy usually goes right to sleep. ik it sounds wierd but its a tradition that my family has used for ages. let me know if it works for u.

Shannon - posted on 01/05/2010

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Try Steaming up the bathroom really really steamy and sit in ther till it clears you may get a bit worm but this really helps with caughing and stuffy nose.

Paula - posted on 01/05/2010

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sit in the bathroom with the hot water running to make plenty of steam. it will help losen up the congestion. if he is older enough get some vicks baby rub, or the pediacare vapor plug.
If nothing seems to help, call the doctor and they can give him something more effective.

Hope the lil guy feels better soon.

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

Andrea - posted on 01/05/2010

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and when using the vicks put some on the bottoms of her/his feet and then put socks on or footy pj's along with some on chest!
taken a warm bath always sooths my kids. then rubbing them down with lotion always makes them feel better.

Ann Marie - posted on 01/05/2010

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Definitley depends on the age. But cool mist humidifiers are great...prop up the mattress. Motrin is the best for fevers and can be alteranated with tylenol every 4 hours. Call the baby Dr and see their suggestions, good luck!

C. - posted on 01/05/2010

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You leave out some valuable information.. Like how old your baby is?? If 4 months or older, you can use Johnson's Vapor bath and that will help loosen everything up and ease the coughing a bit. Vicks Baby Rub is really good, I think your baby has to be at least 4 months, but it could be as young as just a couple of months, so just check the label at the store. Other than that, if nothing else works.. I would take him to the doctor. It may be more than a cold/cough. Good luck!

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