My 5 month baby with bad chest congestion, help!

Auri - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born in hawaii and the weather was perfect but then my husband deployed and i moved back home in jersey in February and of course it was very cold but i always had her bundled up and inside. i would only take her out when she had a doctor apt or to get her monthly pictures taken. but ever since february (2 months old) she got a cough with a bad chest congestion and now she is 1 week shy off bring 6 months and she still has it. the civilian doctors i have taken her to don't tell me anything other than that if she doesnt have a fever i shouldnt be concerned. please mommies if you had a similar situation tell me about it. thank you

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Andrea - posted on 05/26/2009

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My nephew has the same problem and has had it for a couple of months. The doctors here in Missouri tell her the same thing, however, if people smoke around the baby that could be 1 problem, or allergies can do the same. Hard to say really other than maby try using a humidifier at night or see another doctor.

Shakira - posted on 05/26/2009

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What adorable children I will first add.. But I seen on the show The Doctors where Dr. Phil's wife was on there giving her childhood ailment home remedies.. She suggested that u crush up some onions and mix it with vaseline and rub it on your child's chest. Now I have yet to try this.. but I really want to... i have a 3 month old and he has been congested before.. his poor soul.. But he got over it before I tried it. I know it sounds weird, but she shared it for a reason... Good luck.. I know It can be worrisome and heart-breaking when your little one is suffering.. Take care and God Bless!

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Kathleen - posted on 05/29/2009

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I had a very similar situation, my husband is in the military as well, all i had to do is put a humidafier in his room every night for a week while he slept, there is some liquid that vicks makes that you can add to the water to clear it up, hopefully that helps!

Auri - posted on 05/29/2009

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thank you so much everyone! just went to the doctors this morning and got some medicine for asthma (an inhaler) i have to take my baby back in a few days to see how the medicine worked. again thank you for all your support and tips.

Christina - posted on 05/26/2009

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she may need to get a bronchodilator. my daughter had a really bad cough and couldnt get rid of if. i took her to the doctors and they gave her one. you give her a treatment every 4 hours or as needed. when you go back to your pedi tell them that her cough has gotten worse and she needs a machine.

Sharon - posted on 05/26/2009

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I have had a similar situation with my baby son his fisrt winter at 3 months he had bronchialitis (? spelling) and then up until he was 7 months he was continually chesty the drs kept tellig me it was in throat and not on his a chest then when he was 7 months another situation landed us in a and e and a dr there picked upp on the wheezy cough and prescribed him an inhaler which has helped loads, I would take her to a different dr also try putting blocks under the top end of her cot so the mucus runs off her chest xx

Jeanne - posted on 05/26/2009

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Ok I first of all would get a second opinion from either another civilian doctor or a militray doctor. To help ease the congestion you can use a humidifier in her room as it may be caused by the type of heat in your house. She is not used to heating systems and it makes somes houses really dry and the heating system can be kicking up a lot of dust which is causing her to be congested. Some humidifiers also let you put some drops in them so you could put some eucalyptus drops when you run the humidifier which can also help. Could she have allergies??? This can definitely cause chest congestion. Good luck.

User - posted on 05/26/2009

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Baby Vicks always helps my little guy alot. Just rub on her chest before a nap or bedtime.I also run a Vaporizer in his bedroom.

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Did the doctors listen to her chest and tell you that her lungs were clear? Did they suggest that perhaps it was allergies? I would take her back to the doctor and explain how long it's been going on and the fact that your child needs relief (and you need answers). I would ask, "Are her lungs clear?" She doesn't have a fever but no viral infection should last that long. In the meantime get a humidifier or vaporizer for her bedroom and Vick's Baby Rub to rub on her neck and chest. I hope she feels better.

Beth - posted on 05/26/2009

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Hey welcome back to the mainland. Yes the winter he can be bad. try some baby vicks vapor rub and humidfier

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