Few questions....

Stacey - posted on 04/19/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I got a few questions bout my 6 month old lil girl

1. How do you get rid of a cough? its been looked at by a doctor and it is just a cold. it is affecting her sleep.



2. how do you get the mucus from the back of her throat out that is causing her to cough?



3. At 6 months, can they wave hi and bye yet or not???

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Quoting Missy:

if you want to end up in E.R.,



She wasn't suggesting putting the child in the shower. My doc also says to do the same thing. Run hot water in the shower and either sit on the bathroom floor (not the shower or bathtub floor) and play with toys or sit in a chair (or on the toilet lid) holding your child while gently rubbing and patting their back to help loosen up the mucus. I have 2 wheezy kids and this works wonders for them both. It also works if one parent plays or sits on the floor with the child anytime the other parent is actually taking a shower (at least someone using the water instead of it running down the drain LOL).

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Quoting Emily:

1. How do you get rid of a cough? its been looked at by a doctor and it is just a cold. it is affecting her sleep.
-- Unfortunately there is nothing medicinally you can give them. Even honey is off limits at that age. I also wouldn't feel comfortable giving dark chocolate to a 6 month old which is a natural suppressant. Vaporub on the chest, on the feet with socks and a humidifier might help. If you take the child for about 15 minutes in to a small steamy room like the bathroom then out into the cold night air or in front of an open freezer it helps.


If you're going to use vicks, make sure it's the 'baby rub'.  Vick's for adults states right on the label not to use it on a child under 2.

Emily - posted on 04/20/2009

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1. How do you get rid of a cough? its been looked at by a doctor and it is just a cold. it is affecting her sleep.
-- Unfortunately there is nothing medicinally you can give them. Even honey is off limits at that age. I also wouldn't feel comfortable giving dark chocolate to a 6 month old which is a natural suppressant. Vaporub on the chest, on the feet with socks and a humidifier might help. If you take the child for about 15 minutes in to a small steamy room like the bathroom then out into the cold night air or in front of an open freezer it helps.
2. how do you get the mucus from the back of her throat out that is causing her to cough?
My ped told me that a humidifier is really the only thing that helps with this. It loosens it so she can cough it up. It might also give her a runny nose but that is OK because it still is getting it out of the body.

3. At 6 months, can they wave hi and bye yet or not???
One of my children did at 5 mos, one at 7 mos.

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- I have used a special vaporizer that uses Vicks in the child's bedroom.
- I have also raised the head of the mattress by putting a folded up towel under it. This makes the head a little higher than the rest of the body.
- ---For the mucus already there - check to see if they have Mucinex for babies and LOTS of fluids.

God Bless.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/19/2009

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this is going to sound wierd, but put a drop of oregano oil into a little bit of olive oil (or any type of oil that can be used on skin) and massage it into her feet. also put a drop on her pillow or mattress. and a humidifier :)

Shelby - posted on 04/19/2009

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Good thing for child this age try pedicare and also they have a vapor plug u can plug in the outlet and it smells like the vick's vapor rub and it helps alot. good luck!

Anita - posted on 04/19/2009

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We use a saline drops/mist for the nose during the day and allow it too run...but we dont use it at night because that makes it run down the throat..something u dont want...

thats the first way to do it...secondly..this is going to sound disgusting but u as a parent would do anythign for u childs comfort..my husband wont do it but i did it cos my parents have always done it for us...

if the mucus is runny enuff then place your mouth to the nose and SUCK it out...

Rebecca - posted on 04/19/2009

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My baby is 8 months and just started waving hi and bye. He has been clapping for a while now too.

Cindy - posted on 04/19/2009

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Try putting baby vick on her feet then putting her sleeper on. A tiny bit on her chest and back will help. I have done that with both my girls and it works! The cool mist humidifier also helps

Siobhan - posted on 04/19/2009

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my doctor always recommends steam when the kids are sick. I know it works for me. Try turning the shower on high and bringing some toys into the bathroom.

Missy - posted on 04/19/2009

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a pillow that makes you sleep semi upright, try wedging pillows up behind her...and talk too your doc, maybe reflux, my niece had that

Claire - posted on 04/19/2009

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put something under her matress so she isn't laying flat when she sleeps. when you lay flat the mucus makes it so much harder to breath.So you start to cough to try and remove the mucus. My son is asthmatic like me and i permanantly have a large book under his matress to help him breath on a night. humidifiers work well and so do salt lamps. It works wonders for breathing problems. My mother has very bad asthma and uses a salt pipe and has been able to decrease the amount of steroids she has to take. No sure how it works but it really does :)

Claire - posted on 04/19/2009

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hasnt your doctor given u nasal drops for the mucas and try tyxilix caugh and cold its great and worked a treat on my daughter and the mucas i used sailine water which is water n salt on a earbud and just put a drop in each nostral and it slowly came away but vapour plug ins are gr8 too 4 colds

Amy - posted on 04/19/2009

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cool mist humidifier works great! I still use it with my 16 month old. You can also elevate the crib on one side just a little bit with a small blanket and put vicks vapor rub on the bottom of her feet and put socks on over them while she sleeps. Crazy I know but it worked for my daughter every time.

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2009

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1. depends how long she's had it for...have you done all the usual things like keeping dust and other irritants to a minimum, have you changed washing powders, that sort of stuff? could be anything stirring it up. i don't like to give kids antibiotics much at all, but maybe she just needs a little something to help her over this...or try a naturopath if thats what you like more.....if nothing you have tried is working then i'd ask for a chest xray...not ideal but if it doesn't go away then there is something there....babies don't just cough all night for no reason....any asthma in your family?



2. this is a bit of a problem, bubs can't cough up like we can and get rid of whatever is lurking around in the backs of their throats so that could be why she is coughing as well, just trying to get it up....but then like you say why is there mucus there in the first place??? its sometimes hard to know what came first....!



3. they can, although they may not have much understanding of why they are doing it, its something easy that they can watch you do and copy it...you react and they think they're super smart so will keep doing it....! is way cute, sometimes they come across things by accident but i find the more you react and make a fuss, the more they will feel free to try other things out so go for it...thats how they learn. is this your first baby? good on you, if so you have got heaps more fun stuff to come....i have six and don't ever tire of them...(obviously...!). good luck and i hope the cough thiing gets sorted out for you both soon..

Dawn - posted on 04/19/2009

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1) Be patient. Use a cool mist humidifier in her room....I also like the vicks-like plug ins. DON'T get a steam humidifier they can cause burns. I know because it happened to me with my first and it was horrible.
2) It will go away with the cold...
3) It is unlikely that they will wave hi or bye at 6 months....probably closer to 9 months and even that would be on the early side!

Hope she feels better soon!

Darolyn - posted on 04/19/2009

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Graco makes a battery operated nose sucker (available at Wal-Mart). It's $20, but SO WORTH IT. My oldest is 2 yrs, and it helps not having to squeeze a hand-bulb when he's putting up a fight. Also, Vick's Vaporizer with the Vick's liquid in the water helps with coughs.

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