My Dr. said there is nothing I can give my 15mth. old for congestion. I'm so frustrated. Any suggestions?

Amanda - posted on 04/20/2009 ( 190 moms have responded )

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With so much mucas in her system she coughs and throws up. No one gets rest.

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Deb - posted on 04/20/2009

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Hi, Yep, vapour rub on chest & back, covered by shirt, but even with really young babies, cut a raw clove of garlic & rub it on their bare feet soles. They absorb it within minutes (you smell it on their breath). Dont put it on hands, as they rub it in the eyes. Garlic is Natures antibiotic! Put socks on after to protect bedding. It really works. Do it every 4 hrs. Deb

Stephanie - posted on 04/24/2009

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RSV can happen but luckily, we are almost done with RSV season (I worked in Peds for almost 5 years). If you notice a really runny nose that is green in color, a harsh/barking sounding cough, contact your doctor. If you notice wheezing or any signs/sympotms of distress, go immediately to the ER. Most colds aren't as serious as RSV. Just keep a watchful eye on your little one and if you think something is wrong, don't be afraid to go back to the doctor (that is what you pay them for).

Wendy - posted on 04/24/2009

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I've asked my doc the same question in frustration before. Humidifier, saline drops and bulb syringe, elevating the crib mattress - these are all good suggestions. Cut out dairy, other than her breastmilk or formula (i.e. yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream). Dairy makes the postnasal drip worse. Ask your doc about the vapor rub. Many are no longer suggesting it.

Tammy - posted on 04/21/2009

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Ok...you're going to think that I'm absolutely crazy but I promise you that this works. My family doctor is from a long line of doctors and his father passed this info down to him. It's from the "old school" but I've used it with both of my kids (26 and 17) and still use it with my grandkids. If you have a hot steam vaporizer, fill it with water...add a tablespoon of salt...and a pint of vodka. Put it in her room at bedtime and let her sleep with it all night. I promise you that it will break all of the conjestion up. I know it sounds crazy but it DOES work. Hope it helps you.

Marcy - posted on 09/18/2012

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Try Baby Vics in a thin layer on the bottoms of their feet, cover with socks. Totally bizarre, but it works for congestion and coughing.

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Cynthia - posted on 09/14/2012

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why does she have so much mucus? is she exposed to ac/ air directly to her or is she in the cold alot? babys sometimes get very congested when they are exposed to a/c or cold enviorment you have to keep the room , room temp not to hot, not cold either, have you tried pumping out the mucus from her nostrils (if any in her nostrils) im sorry you said her system.....well throwing it up is one way to get rid of the mucus .when us adults have asthma and alt of mucus in our chest we have to cough it up and spit it out thats the only way to feel relief. you just have to have paitence its part of being a baby and a mother. good luck sweetie

Toni - posted on 05/10/2009

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my 3 year old suffers frm this try putting childrens olbas oil on a tissue and place near her bed/cot

Amanda - posted on 05/10/2009

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my son has the same problem hes 8 weeks and the dr. told me to take himm in the shower with me cuz the steam will help, also saline nose drops and the nose sucky thing. he seems to be getting better. thank goodness he loves the nose sucky thing :) hope she gets better!!

Denise - posted on 05/10/2009

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I mix a tiny amount of vapor rub with vaseline to make it weak enough for baby and rub on chest and back and then put a vest on so baby cant rub it.



I also use the vapor capsules I put it on a cloth and keep it close to baby while I rub her back in an upward circular motion to loosen mucus.

Allyson - posted on 05/01/2009

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My dr always gave me a rx for accuhist/nasohist. Call your pediatrician and ask. And also the saline spary and a bulb syringe.

Christine - posted on 05/01/2009

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Ear infections are a different story. It is best NOT to medicate unless absolutely necessary.

Christine - posted on 05/01/2009

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Love all the suggestions below. Bulb syringe often, warm steam - yes, I would never use any homeopathic anything without checking with my pediatrician first!!! These items are not held to the same standards by Food & Drug Admin. I agree it is hard seeing your child when they are sick and miserable.

Jaime - posted on 05/01/2009

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ask you ped. for a nebulizer and some albuterol. it has worked wonders for my boys, who have large tonsils and adnoids. my 20 month old is getting his taken out in a few weeks.

User - posted on 05/01/2009

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my daughter has had this same thing for almost a month. We have a puffer for her, and use the humidifier at night. We also use baby vicks and that helps a lot at night

Sadie - posted on 04/25/2009

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if you place a pillow under her matress to prop it up at the head end will help her sleep at night also putting a bowl of hot water with a dop of albus oil out af reach may help.

Alina - posted on 04/24/2009

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Try some percussion on her back - make cup shapes with both hands and pat her back like a drum from the lower back to between her shoulder blades. This will help break up the mucous and hopefully she can cough it up but they usually swallow it at this age. The saline nasal sprays and bulb nose suckers are good tools as well. Try not to give her a cough suppressant as she needs to get rid of the mucous so it doesn't turn into a chest infection. Best of luck :)

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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I love vicks vapo-rub for babies. It is really mild but it works - I actually use it myself because the regular stuff is too strong for me.

Stephanie - posted on 04/24/2009

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My daughter is two, but she has had a lot of congestion problems. My doctor isn't big on medicine at this age and neither are we, but you can use the suction ball to keep her nose clear and use a warm saline rinse to clear her nose. We also used a humidifier and I've even used Baby Vicks sauve. It helped her breathe a bit better. Of course, try to prop her up, but kids don't sleep that way for long. Also, there's a bath product by Johnson's baby that's soothing bath (it's green). Hope some of this helps. It's no fun when the baby's sick.

Stephanie - posted on 04/24/2009

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My daughter is two, but she has had a lot of congestion problems. My doctor isn't big on medicine at this age and neither are we, but you can use the suction ball to keep her nose clear and use a warm saline rinse to clear her nose. We also used a humidifier and I've even used Baby Vicks sauve. It helped her breathe a bit better. Of course, try to prop her up, but kids don't sleep that way for long. Also, there's a bath product by Johnson's baby that's soothing bath (it's green). Hope some of this helps. It's no fun when the baby's sick.

Michelle - posted on 04/24/2009

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My doctor's a naturalist and he says warm chicken broth and ginger will help break up the congestion.

Cathy - posted on 04/24/2009

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I don't know what to use, but I do want to warn that if you use vicks, and take the baby outside when its cool or cold out, you can actually make the baby sicker because the baby is all opened up then. I know someone who did this. Watch your baby though, and if he gets worse, take him back to the doctor. My great nephew got an infection, I think it was called RSV, or something like that, and he ended up in the hospital because he stopped breathing. It started out as a cold. I'm not trying to scare you, but alot of people don't know about this disease...so if he has ANY trouble breathing, call your doctor.

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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little noses and a sucker. or sitting in your bathroom, with the hot water in your shower running, the steam will help break up the congestion

Jeanette - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hi,

I can understand your frustration. I, too, have been going through the same thing with my now 10 month old since about October. I had been taking him to the doctor multiple time after many, many sleepless nights. He recommended a cool air mister, lots of liquid and fresh air! Last month,since the weather was warm for a few days I opened the window in the kids room. Left it open all night. What a difference! And I started getting him outside more. He just recently started getting congested again....the weather got colder and we had to turn the furnace back on! As I keep telling myself--this too shall pass! I also tried baby vicks, but it wasn't doing anything. Hang in there!

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Raise the head of her bed slightly so she is not lying so flat. And the humidifier works a treat to keep the air moist and stop coughing. It can be very frustrating hearing them cough all night. Good luck

Andrea - posted on 04/24/2009

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A cool mist humidifier works for my daughter when her allergies are really bad.

Paula - posted on 04/24/2009

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Saline Saline Saline!!!!!! Its horrible to do it to them but it makes them swallow all that stuff and clears the passageways.

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yet some grape water u can buy it at any local phamacy u will find it in the baby section with the nappie creams, my son had the same when he was a few months old its called reflux reduce her feed and give her grape water inbetween feeds it will help heaps x good luck hun add me to ya circle if u have any other questions xxx

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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in winter i put few drops in cup or water and sit it on radiator

or i pop a few drops of olbas oil on her favourite toy, or on a tissue on her pillow

also, i try to give her an extra pillow as it helps to prop her up and allieviate some congestion (but she inevitably rolls down the bed anyway eventually!)

hope thats of some use :)

Kym - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have heard also, that coffee steam really helps.......not sure how to use this one with a little one that age though.....Usually used with asthma patients, but really clears them up.......has something to do with the caffeine.....

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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in winter i put few drops in cup or water and sit it on radiator

or i pop a few drops of olbas oil on her favourite toy, or on a tissue on her pillow

also, i try to give her an extra pillow as it helps to prop her up and allieviate some congestion (but she inevitably rolls down the bed anyway eventually!)

hope thats of some use :)

Stephanie - posted on 04/24/2009

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Little Noses saline drops work well. You have to be careful as to how much you use them and suction the nose with a bulb syringe b/c that can actually make the situation worse. Humidifiers also work well.

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There are definitely things you can use....I'm surprised your doc wouldn't rec anything. My daughter is 7 months and I give her 2mL children's Zyrtec everyday b/c she has frequent congestion that has led to many ear infections. Once my daughter reached 6 mos, the doc said we could use it.

Alynna - posted on 04/24/2009

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I use the vicks shower soothers. I take my kids in after the bathroom fills up with steam and the vapors and sit with them. I've also gone to the waterless vaporizer and love it. The vick's BABY with socks is always good. The pharmacist will be your best friend. You can always ask them and they'll even breakdown medicine doses for your child. Or you can put the vick's on a cloth in their pillow back side and that helps.

Malissa - posted on 04/24/2009

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Well if they are a big 15 month old you can probably give a small dose of benadryl like 1/2 tsp. You can give them the saline spray up the nose it loosens and breaks up congestion. The reccomendation is not to give anything more than the nasal spray but sometimes they can,t sleep. I always gave my daughter a little benadryl at night but I didn,t do that till she was over 1 year old.

Shari - posted on 04/24/2009

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Lots of fluids and try having her sit in the bathroom for a bit each day while you run the shower hot. The steam should help loosen the congestion.

Kathryn - posted on 04/24/2009

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Have you tried the Pure Sea for babies or the Little Noses sterile saline mist? They work great for us...

Diane - posted on 04/24/2009

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You might try finding a humidifier which has an insert for vicks......here's one made by vicks itself....if you put it in your baby's room at night and allow the menthol fumes to be inhaled it should help with the congestion....hope your little one feels better!

Anna - posted on 04/24/2009

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I've used Saline Solution drops(Salt & water mix from the drugstore) It breaks up the mucus in the nose with just 2 drops. I even use it when I'm sick with a cold. It helps a lot.

Erika - posted on 04/24/2009

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If you dont have a humidifier take her into the bathroom and sit in there with her while you turn the bath on as hot as possible so she can breath in all the steam and take one of those bugger suckers with you so as her nose starts to drain suck it out! plus it helps to keep her elevated for as long as you can throughout the night and no Dairy! it makes it worse! I hope one of these helps you and you little girl feels better soon!!!

Ami - posted on 04/24/2009

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Steamy bath not to hot to scould her but enough to create steam at bedtime. Then plug in a vaporizer. You can get a vapor-plug from any supermarket. I use Pedia Care Gentle Vapors when my daughter gets congested. It works wonders.

Leeanne - posted on 04/24/2009

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i was given saline nose drops by my doctor 4 my 6mth daughter,u can buy them from your chemist :)

Jaylyne - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

YES!! I was there AAALLLL winter long! There is a "waterless vaporizor" that Vick's makes...I'm sure you can find it at any drug store; it is a little contraption that you pug in and add a Vick's vapor strip into (I think it comes with a few, but you can buy refills...) and then you turn it on and the whole room fills with the smell of Vicks and helps them breathe easier and cough less. Its like magic...I love it. Also, we used saline on all 3 of my kids when they were under 2, plus a cool mist humidifier can help. Lastly, to supress a cough in a child over one, we use a tablespoon of honey, either straight up off the spoon, or mixed in with warm water or warm tea. It works wonders! Good luck!


I have used this waterless vaporizer and it works well but be very careful that you don't use in an enclosed space or small space as the vapor is very strong.  I would leave the door to my daughter's room open and the contraption on the opposite side of the room as her bed.

Keli - posted on 04/24/2009

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I used to plug in the humidifier and rub VICKS VAPOR RUB on my son's chest back and feet. Make sure you put slippers or something on after you rub the feet. It worked for my son.

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The reason drs dont like prescribing drugs for young babies and toddlers is down to ther immune system, it is sooooo good whilst they young, and if they start get given drugs and that to help with certain infections and so forth there immune system weakens, they also get used to the drug so it doesnt work properly when they older! as there immune system is soo good when babies they are able to cope and overcome the illness better than us adults or even children that are only a few years old than them! try not to worry and remember that your little one is stronger and probably stronger than you and will fight anything off just fine and all forgotten once bettre xx

Karan - posted on 04/24/2009

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Put saline drops in her nose and keep it sucked out with that suctioner thing. It really does help.

Kay - posted on 04/24/2009

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of a night time,i had hot water.with vicks melted in the water..in her room under the bed,it worked,,

Erichalyn - posted on 04/24/2009

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I was told to use saline for my son when he was about 6-9 months old. He is now almost 2 and i still use it! I also got a humidifier after one of his last colds and it has worked great!

User - posted on 04/24/2009

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This might sound a little odd but when my child was sick like yours they told me to give her a little glass of warm coke-cola....the acid in the soda helps to break up the crud they have in their chest....I also used the vicks pads that you more or less stick to their chest....also running a very hot shower and sitting in there with her while the steam starts going, she'll breath a little better and you'll get a facial... :)...also keep away form any milk products or things that can make even more mucas....

Samantha - posted on 04/23/2009

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Try saline water and if your little on gets a cough you can give her a teaspoon of honey. Only give honey to childern over 1 year of age.

Sarsoor - posted on 04/23/2009

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I ran into the same problem with my four month old... steam baths followed by sitting with him in a room with the cool mist humidifier has helped so much... the trick is to have the cool mist humidifier on in a room with the door closed then going in and closing the door... i hope this helps. Also, bundling him up and taking him for a walk has helped as well. good luck

Lori - posted on 04/23/2009

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I was told to give my baby saline nasal spray and not worry about getting it to come back out. So I found that Kid Simply Saline mist works really better for him Good luck

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