How can I get my 6week old baby to stop coughing?

Adisha - posted on 05/27/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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He coughs sometimes and has flem. His nose is not blocked, he doesnt have a tempreture or a runny nose. He is feeding well! But he sometimes gags like he wants to throw up! Help!

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Crystal - posted on 06/02/2010

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No wash his hair, it doesnt change the mucus, it will only help condition the scalp and keep hime from getting cradle cap. Just check with the doctor, I am sure everything is fine. He will sneeze that is their lungs and sinus adjusting to the air and polins around you. I asked my doctor when Noah was born why he sneezes, he reashured me that that was a great thing and that means his little body is adjusting to life. Your doing great! The best advice I ever recieved was this, 1) There are no silly questions, it is better to be an over protected mother than ones who never checks on anything. and 2.) You are the mom trust your instint, you carried that child with you, you have a connection no one else has, trust it you have the answers. Good luck sweetie.

Adisha - posted on 05/29/2010

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Thank you so much for all your advice. My little boy was born by an emergency c-section, so he could still have some liquid left inside. He stated sneezing from day one! He doesn't cough at night and never brings out anything. Sometimes he wheezes when he is asleep, but other times doent make a sound. Do you think I should stop washing his hair when I bath him in the evening? This might give him more phlegm? I will take him to see the doctor if it worsens before his 8 week check up. Great advice from lovely mums, thanks a lot.

Becky - posted on 05/28/2010

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I would definitely see a doctor as the phlegm suggests infection. Our doctor gave our daughter asthma medication which she breathed in with a face mask. She was under 3 months old when she had it and it helped the 'crackle' or wheeze in her chest when she breathed.

However, there are some things you can try at home, too.

Little Fess from the chemist (with the bulb applicator) is designed to loosen a blocked nose and suck it all away because young kids can't blow their nose. I live in Australia so am not sure if it is available in America. Little Fess is like a nasal spray for children.

Put a pillow or cushion under the top end of his mattress so that it raises his mattress up on an angle (a bit like a wedge). This should ease his cough ALOT, especially at night. It just makes it so he isn't lying flat and will take the pressure off his chest. I did this for my daughter when she had her cough and it worked amazingly well.

Good luck, hope your little one feels better soon xx

Sherry - posted on 05/28/2010

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sweety this is normal... he's going to do that sometimes it tappers down after a while but it's perfectly normal.. what happens is he's caughing up that emnio fluid that's still lin his lungs... as his lungs mature he'll caugh it out.. I think my son still does sometimes...

If your concerned talk to your babe's pediatrician but i'm sure it's nothing to worry about. my son Xander did that he was born C-section.. caughed sneezed and gaged all the time. Health nurse said not to worry it's actually quite common...

Your babe is due for a 6 week checkup anyways so talk to his doc and see what he says. (he'll check his lung sounds regardless)

if you suspect a cold a humidifier and Eukelupsus (sp?) oil works like a charm...

Crystal - posted on 05/28/2010

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Have you seen a doctor for it. My niece was like that and they didnt find out what was wrong untill it was to late. She has a cronic cough and can never get rid of it. Also my 6month old son had a cold. It took a month to get rid of it, he coughed up flem for two weeks with no sick symptoms. You could try two things that helped me, one is a nebulizer or humidaphire. The second was, camomile, you buy it as a flower or weed (fresh) put it in the shower and sit in the bathroom with the shower running for 15 min. This really helped me and my son. I dont know if this will help but good luck, and see a doctor first.

Chrissy - posted on 05/28/2010

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My daughter did this gagging/ cough thing- somtimes it would wake her up from sleeping. She had acid reflux. It goes away usually as they grown older and my daughter just turned 1 but hers went away by about 10mos. But if a baby does have it -getting medical attention is important because basically it is stomach acids coming back up which can cause problems.

Nicole - posted on 05/27/2010

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My son coughed all the time too especially at night and he had reflux. Good Luck!

Louise - posted on 05/27/2010

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If he is brining something up then this needs to be looked at. He could have a mild chest infection which would not necesarily give him a temperature. I would have his chest looked at and don't let them fob you off. He may require an x-ray to check that his lungs are fully inflated and not causing him any problems.

Johanna - posted on 05/27/2010

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if you are brest feeding it can be something you are eating see a doctor fast johanna lipani

JuLeah - posted on 05/27/2010

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Seek health care advice. If they give you nothing you can use, seek a second opinion
Good luck

Angela - posted on 05/27/2010

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Have you taken him to the doctor? Also was he born naturally or by C-section? When children are born naturally the trip down the birth canal helps to squeeze all the mucus out of their lungs in preparation for breathing but of course that doesn't happen with a c-section so it could be just some mucus left over from being in the womb. Either way, with a little one so young it's always best to seek medical advice.

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