My 4 week old has a nasty cough (like the rest of us) what can I do to help him?

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Ashley - posted on 12/28/2009

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Steam is a great all around option. You can put baby vicks on the bottoms of the feet and the put socks on over it. This helps open up the chest. Take him to the doctor for sure. Although, they won't give meds or tell you anything much different than we would. A cold mist humidifier while sleeping and elevate his mattress a bit to help him breath better. Also, saline solution works wonders for a stuffy dry nose.

Triny - posted on 01/12/2010

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Put some vicks rapor run on the top part of his clothing. Not on the baby skin but just rub some on his clothing. My mom taught me this and it helps with conjestion.

Sameerah - posted on 01/12/2010

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hi .take a onion peel it and cut it up in circle or slices ,put it in a bowl and add sugar over the onion.let it stand for about an hour it will form a syrup. take the syrup and give it to baby.very safe even for a new born.to unblock the nose just rub some vaseline on the top of the nose till the fore head and leave baby to sleep.i find that steaming them works but from the hot steamed up room to a cold normal temperatured room can cause more cold on the chest.. humidifier works like a bom..with new babies always try to keep it natural.never give baby younger then a year honey....

September - posted on 12/28/2009

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Steam showers worked well for our son when he was that small. We would also use a humidifier in his room at night and prop his head while he slept to make breathing easier. Stay clear of cold meds and honey...which I'm sure you alreay know. I hope that you all feel better soon! Good luck :)

Erin - posted on 12/28/2009

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Quoting Yoli:

try giving him a teaspoon of honey with a little bit of lemon juice!! it helped my kids when they were small and still do even they are grown ups now!



DO NOT GIVE HIM HONEY!!



there really are no meds that you can give a 4 week old, try a humidifier in his room, steam from the shower. hope you all get better soon!

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Suzette - posted on 01/12/2010

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Vicks vapor rub on the feet works great for any age baby. Can't explain it but it soothes them and calms the cough too.

Suzette Golini

Mindy - posted on 01/11/2010

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Can't do much about a cough. Congestion on the other hand, humidifier, or run the shower to steam up the room and sit in there with him.

Corey-Kym - posted on 12/28/2009

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There is not much you can do when bubby is so small, but a vaporiser with some kind of eucalyptus blend in the water can help him breathe and also there are some chest rubs you can use from the chemist, we have one here called - 'Euky Bearub', made in Australia that i have used to help also to relieve congestion and coughs.

Emma - posted on 12/28/2009

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You could also try a vaproizer. The puts the vicks medication in the air of the room and you just breath in the goodness with out the rub ever toucing the baby. Works like a charm for coughs and colds.

Tabitha - posted on 12/28/2009

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You really cant beat steam in a bathroom, with the windows and doors close x

Whitney - posted on 12/28/2009

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I would say... see a doctor and if he is just got a cold. I would run a humidifer. I was told when my oldest got RSV to run a cold mist humidifer, because the steam ones can build up bacteria. But, check with your doctor. Good luck!!

Helen - posted on 12/28/2009

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it really is best to see either the doctor or a pharmacist as you don't say whether the cough is dry or in the throat. although honey and lemon does ease the throat it is not appropriate for your baby as honey contains certain bacteria that children under one cannot handle. If the cough is on the chest the steam treatment works wonders

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try giving him a teaspoon of honey with a little bit of lemon juice!! it helped my kids when they were small and still do even they are grown ups now!

Rhonda - posted on 12/28/2009

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If he has a dry cough try using a mister in his room to add moisture to the air. It really helped mine.

Lisa - posted on 12/28/2009

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Take him into the bathroom and close the door and just let the hot water run in the shower. The steam will help loosen him up.

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