My daughter's got a cough and won't sleep or stop crying

Liz - posted on 10/17/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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She's recently had a very phlegmy cough which we have taken her to the doctors for. He gave us saline and paracetamol but said she'll be ok. Only problem is, when she gets up in the night (which she does every night) Ishe goes into a crying fit so bad she's sick bringin up tons of mucus...she's fine until I put her back down. I understand she might want more cuddles whilst she's ill but she stil wont even sleep when she's lying on my chest. She's a big 22lb baby so I cant leave her there all night as I might loosen my grip and she'll roll off me. I can't be up all day and then all night. Anybody been through this? How long did it last? Any advice on what to do?

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Kathryn - posted on 10/18/2009

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My daughters going through it right now. I tryed putting karvol (its called that here but not sure what its called where you are, its a baby decongestan) in a kettle that ill never use again in her room before she goes to bed, i turn the kettle on in hopes that the steam will help her breathe a little better. Try elevating the mattress to, when shes lying on her back it will just build up. I also use a baby decongestant on her chest and put albus oil on a tissue in her room out of her reach, its been going on about a month for us, it even gets to the point she has trouble breathing because babys always want to breathe through there nose My pharmasist says to keep up her fluid intake. Good luck, it will pass eventually.

Lydia - posted on 10/18/2009

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Our daughter had something similar. We just kept clearing her nose, using the humidifier (with lemon oil) and giving her panadol if she needed it. It lasted a long time (fer her) of about 2-3 weeks. I had just started to worry and make a doctors appointment and it cleared up. No magic cure from me Im afraid but just comfort in knowing it will pass. In the meantime I recommend getting a friend or family member to take her for the day or night so you can sleep and recover ready to soldier on

Sarah - posted on 10/18/2009

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Yes It has been a long process for my little one. If it continues or a low grade fever starts to present itself often. Suggest getting baby's lungs x rayed. after a year of this she was diagnosed with asthma and reflux. He put her on singular and nexium and it finally began to heal. Acid in the throat was causing phlem and cough. This is hard for a Doctor to diagnose. Sometimes you just have to push him in that direction to at least check for this problem. Good luck.

Evelyn - posted on 10/18/2009

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If she is still coughing you might try rubbing Vicks Vapor Rub on the bottoms of her feet. I read somewhere where this helps to alleviate a cough. If she isn't coughing then she might sleep better and avoid keeping you awake all night as well!

Good luck and stay strong, it's very stressful, but just know it don't last forever!!

Rochell - posted on 10/18/2009

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haave you tryed to use eucky bear rub you can get it from the cemiestems.

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Liz - posted on 10/18/2009

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Thanks to all the responses.... will try the suggestions...we're using saline drops and snuffle babe tonight along with the steamed bathroom...must try and get a vapouriser as it seems from what I'm hearing, this is not only quite a common problem in children but also one that's likely to return in the future. Thanks again for the support...I don't know what I'd do without my circle of moms....you're all great, thanks :)

Emma - posted on 10/18/2009

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You could try elevating the head end of the cot a bit and using rolled towels to stop her from rolling down and see if that helps with the coughing. Maybe ask the doctor first though to make sure that's ok. Our daughter had silent reflux and for the first 8 weeks we didn't know what it was making her scream and cough and gurgle phlegm all the time, and she would end up being sick sometimes too from crying so much. Being on an angle helped even before she was diagnosed and given Zantac to help her.
The good news is that if it's just a regular cold or upper respiratory infection that they usually clear up themselves in a week or two. It's a tough week though when you're not getting any sleep, I totally sympathise! Good luck with it!

Sylvia - posted on 10/18/2009

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Another trick our doctor suggested was to turn the shower on in the bathroom so it gets hot and steamy, and then just sit in there in the steam for about 10-15 minutes. Somehow it helps break up the mucus so they can breathe.

Angela - posted on 10/18/2009

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maybe i think you should try one of those vaperizes for there room they bring moisture in to the room and help them breath they use a vicks on top and its steams the room i think that worth trying you can hire them our buy at a chemist and a good massage after there bath on there back help my kids and there coughs and asthma etc

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dependin on how old your child is (hopefully 1 or older but my grandmother gave me an old wise tail that if you give them a warm teaspoon of honey and make them suck on it to settle on the throat it does wonders.......i had many nights that i was able to sleep cause of that rememdy.......

Lainie - posted on 10/18/2009

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I agree with Alicia elevate the cot mattress when my son or daughter have a cough or snotty nose I use a vapouriser with eucalyptus oil in it I find this helpful the saline that the doctor gave you is it in a spray??? because you can buy fess a saline spray & use it as often as you want it thins the snot out!! demazin or paedamin are good decongestants dry up the snot & have an antihistamine to help bub sleep Its so stressful having a sick bub hang in there:)

Alicia - posted on 10/17/2009

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I would call the Dr. back and tell him/her. When our kids had this problem the Dr. suggested sleeping with them on our chest in a recliner with pillows around us to keep them from rolling off or to prop up the mattress or crib. But basically keep the head and chest higher than the rest of the body

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