How can we get rid of a 6 months cough? It has been going on for over 2 weeks!! she chokes herself, and docs. say there is nothing you can do.
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Laura - posted on 02/02/2009
Saline drops and a good nasal syringe help. My problem with the nasal syringes were that the ones I bought were often barely able to get anything out of my kids' noses. The ones the pediatricians use are the best. I would even let her sleep in her car seat to keep the mucous from draining into her chest. The vaporizer is also very good. The cough is usually just mucous that drains from the sinus into the chest and is not serious, but hard to hear. Good luck!
Shannon - posted on 02/02/2009
If she is choking herself it's because her cough is a non-productive cough. Basically means - she needs to get rid of something in her lungs but the cough is not working because whatever is there is very thick and stuck good. Get whatever cough expectorant medication they have for babies and use as directed. This is a medication that breaks up whatever is in her lungs and needs to get out. Stay away from any where there is smoking - they are extremely sensitive at this age and it could easily erupt into something more serious with too much exposure to second hand smoke. Also - dust and animal dander can also aggravate the problem just so you know. In the mean time - until the medication starts doing what it needs to, sitting in the bathroom, with the door closed and the shower on (with just hot water running) for even just 10 minutes will really help bring some relief - especially before she goes to sleep. Using a mister in her room will help and you can even even add some eucalyptus essential oil to the mister. (An oil that naturally acts as an expectorant) You can also mix this oil in with some baby oil at ratio of 2:20 (the eucalyptus being the lesser!!) and rub a small amount on her chest as well.
Tonia - posted on 02/02/2009
For an infant of 6 months of age, you can't give OTC medications. Elevate the head of her crib, this will help with drainage that pools in the throat and causes the coughing. Next, put a cool mist vaporizer in the room at night to humidify the air. This will help the mucous drain. Use lots of normal saline drops and suction out the nose frequently, especially before bedtime. Viral coughs usually last about 2- 3 weeks, if the cough gets worse, no improvement , then she should been seen again.
Aimee - posted on 02/02/2009
When my daughter was this age, she got the flu really bad and was coughing really bad with that, so bad that she couldn't stay asleep. If I remember correctly, it is true that they can't/don't give them cough suppressants so young. (sorry, don't recall the age that they do allow giving them, I'm sure somebody else will). But our doctor, in this situation, did give us Tylenol with codeine to help and relax things for her, and this really helped. Not sure if this is an option for you or not.
Another thing that helps is to prop up the mattress of the crib by putting a pillow or blocks under it. This helps keeps things draining while they are sleeping so that hopefully they don't cough so much then. If she is coughing lots while she is awake, I can suggest giving her lots to drink so that it keeps the mucous nice and thin. We were also allowed to use the orange Triaminic in a very small dose, but I know thye are leery of giving things like that to children under 2 (even 6) these days.
If it seems to keep up, I might take her to an urgent care clinic... somehow they seem to be more willing to help you find things to help the kiddies (and mom's), especially if you go later at night!
Sorry, I don't have anything particularly inspiring or insightful. But I do feel for you, I have been through with all 3 of my babies. My 10-year old son still suffers through uncontrollable coughing sometimes (due to asthma), so I can still relate even now.
Jessica - posted on 02/02/2009
Thank you all so MUCH!! I was doing the Vicks baby rub, until my mom saw where there was a recall. That scared me so I stopped!! haha I am a worry wart.
I'll keep on trying though. It does stink that you can't give her anything. I give her tylenol because she is TEETHING too!! shew... I have my hands full right now.
Katie - posted on 02/02/2009
My mother sent me an e-mail about 2 weeks ago about ways to help cure a cough in young children. It says to put Vicks Vapor Rub on their feet and then put socks on. It has seemed to help my daughter and I know someone else who tried and said it worked pretty well also. You may want to try it!
Shelly - posted on 02/02/2009
Poor baby!! When my son is sick with a cough, I find that a cool mist humidifier helps alot. Also, try some baby vicks rub on her chest and/or on the bottom of her feet. Take her into the bathroom and let the steam build up from the shower w/ the door closed. Keep her bundled up as much as possible unless she has a fever. It stinks that there really isn't much we can do for kids that young. I hope she feels better soon. Hang in there Mom.
Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2009
When my son gets a cold his coughs last forever! 2 or 3 weeks. He does the same thing with the gagging. I have asked doctors about this before. They also say there is nothing you can do, it's normal. My son is now 3 and it's a common occurance. I don't think there's anything to worry about.