my son has bronchitis

Bec - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )

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my son is 4mnths old and has bronchitis i have been using vicks and nebuliser and fess nasal spray but none of it seems to be helping, what should i do or try?

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Mandy - posted on 10/13/2012

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boil a little piece of ginger in a pot. mix a little honey give 2 drops to the baby like 3 times a day. that will help.

Desiree - posted on 02/08/2012

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My 1 year old daughter was just diagnosed with Bronchitis yesterday by her Doctor. This was our 2nd trip to the Doc in less than a week. Her cough was so bad that she couldn't bring anything up and was choking. We were given antibiotics and she finally slept through the night. Taking him to the Doctor is your best bet. Hope he feels better :)

Stephanie - posted on 06/16/2010

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Hi Bec, Im in the same boat.
My 4 month old daughter has it to.
I first took her to the doctor he said it looked abit like asthma.. so he gave us ventolin and a spacer to help with her weezing.
i still wasnt happy as i was nursing her all day and night.
2 days later i got a second opinion and he said she had an ear infection and bronchitis. she is now on antibiotics. i hope that helps her. its now a waiting game. But i feel for you its such a horrible thing. i hate seeing her upset and in pain too.

Virginia - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son just recently had a very bad cold with a horrible cough which was alot worse at night. He's had bronchitis before too. If your baby is overall improving then your doing everything right. The cough always takes the longest to go away, my son had his cough for 3 weeks before it got better. As long as your son isn't weezing and having trouble breathing because he is very phlemy then he'll be ok. Hope he feels better soon!!

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Dr.Lindsey - posted on 02/16/2010

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I would definitely get him to the doctor if you haven't already. Unfortunately there is not a lot that you can do for babies that young. What I have found that worked for my children is a vaporizer. Warm baths, Chiropractic adjustments, acupressure, and a few drops of Black Elderberry extract. Good Luck!

Tricia - posted on 02/16/2010

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Bec, I am with the other Moms that have said you are the Mom and you do what is best. It is always helpful to know what has worked for others though in case there is something you have not tried. I commend you for all you are doing and you really are a great and caring Mom. Ladies here.... take it easy... we all have our opinions and they can be helpful but no one comes here to get judged and snapped at... just offer your advice if you have some but please do not attack... this needs to be a forum where we help each other not attack one another.

Bec I pray your little one does feel better and you are on top of things so I am sure it will be fine. You are already doing all the things that I have been told to do. I too have a child with RAD or basically asthma and another that more than likely has it too. We battle croup a lot as well and they biggest thing is too get that mucus loose and and out which you are already doing. We sit in the steam in the bathroom and then go out and breath cold air right after which works great. We also have the breathing machine which helps to loosen it all up. I am surprised about the antibiotics because my kids had them at very young ages when necessary and they did help. My 4 year old was on them right after birth because I spiked a fever right before delivery. But always listen to the doctors on things like that they know better than us about meds. Good luck!

Ma. Trinidad Rosal- - posted on 02/12/2010

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Hi, try bring your child to the beach in the afternoons when the sun had set already. Bathe him with salty beach water. Let him drink lots of fluids, diluted with lemon and honey, warmly.

Jackie - posted on 02/11/2010

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Bec sounds like you are a great Mum who like all of us hate it when our kids are sick. Just letting you know that you have been doing the correct things and you would know cause mothers instinct is always the best for your child. Although what each of us do for our own child may not be the best for others. So EVERYONE who gave advise it is not our job to make Bec take it, she is a mother who will make decisions for her own family just like we all do. Bec I hope Jacob is on the mend and you are now relaxed and can enjoy your wonderful bub. :)

Mita - posted on 02/11/2010

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yes you are absolutely right April... homeopathy is generally taken after showing the baby to a doc. 99% it does not have any side effects . thats why it is always better to treat infants with homeo than the other drugs..

April - posted on 02/11/2010

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Excuse me but do not use any over the counter drugs on ur baby!..consult with a Doctor!...Do not smoke or let anyone who does around ur baby!..u can use a humidifier in the same room but do not use vicks on ur baby!

Mita - posted on 02/11/2010

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Hi Bec...do Homeopathy .. it has a sure cure for bronchitis. homeopathy can also develop his immune system. where are you located ? vices , nebulising and nasal sprays will just give temporary relief ..
love
mita

Kathy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Please be very careful. My son was 5 months old when he got bronchitis it turned out to be RSV. RSV is really dangerous and he has been admitted to the hospital twice because of it (he is now 7 months old)

Kathy - posted on 02/09/2010

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There have been quite a few people on here that have been fairly nasty to BEC. You have given your advice, there is no need to be snippy and nasty toward her. From her original post I found no indication that she HADN'T seen a physician, she was simply asking for some helpful advice from other moms to help her son. Besides, Doctor's won't always prescribe medication for such a young infant...I work in a clinic and our Doctors have often said that TLC at home is usually what is best for a baby. BEWARE of a doctor that easily prescribes medication to a baby. I completely agree with LYNN, natural home remedies are usually what is best for a baby. I am sure that BEC appreciates advice, but the nice thing about advice is that YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE IT! Don't be offended if she doesn't agree with you. Several of you have to take a step back and ask yourselves if YOU would have liked to have been responded to like that...

Kathy - posted on 02/09/2010

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My 4 month old girl had a really rough cough recently. The best thing that I have found is to have the baby around a humidifier as much as possible. We love our warm mist humidifier. It has a medicine cup at the top that you can put some Vicks VapoSteam in to help loosen up the chest. You really don't want to stop the coughing, that is what will expel the mucus from the chest. The steam really helps loosen it up so that the baby can cough it up. Suctioning the nose religiously really helps tremendously, and sleeping with the head elevated helps keep any drainage from the sinuses from working its way into the chest. All of these tips helped with my first child, and they worked like a charm on my new little one too.

You as a Mom always knows what's best for your baby, and if you ever feel like you need to take your little one to the doctor, always go. It goes the other way too though, don't let anyone pressure you to seeing a doctor if you don't think the baby needs it. No sence on exposing the baby to others that are sick if you don't need to. Just go with your gut feelings, they will usually lead you in the right direction. :)

Letalie - posted on 02/09/2010

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How do you know he has bronchitis? If I were you, I will insist to take him to another doctor for 2nd opinion. Last year, my boy has a serious cough (non-stop). One doctor said it was due to a flu. Give him plenty of water and stay warm and the cough should go away in few days. However, his cough has not gone but got worst only. I took him to another doctor next day and he said my boy has serious chest infection. Can't really trust what the doctor said. You need to get to the bottom till you are satisfied with the solution.

Bec - posted on 02/06/2010

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thanx lyn i did that last night with ecualyptus oil and he coughed up a little mucus and hes cough isnt sounding so horrible

Lynn Stern - posted on 02/06/2010

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Bec, I recommended yesterday a little menthol or eculyptus- which ever cream you use to put on the bottom of his feet and cover with socks. The bottom of the foot is connected to all the major organs- I do this for my asthmatic and anyone in the house who starts coughing. Just did it last night with the 3 year old along with a breathing treatment- he coughed a ton which was great, we wanted to loosen that mucus and either have it spit it out or poop it out. You are doing great. The other thing is your hands are natural energy healers, massage his back and chest too.
Have a great day.

Jodi - posted on 02/06/2010

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Bec, You asked for advice, you received advice. This is a public forum. If people wish to give advice, they can give advice. You can't pick and choose which advice you want to receive and who can and can't comment on your thread. Get over it.

Danielle - posted on 02/06/2010

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if the cough persists i would suggest seeing a different dr. like i said it MAY be bronchilotis and not bronchitis and also make sure to watch out for croup! you will notice the difference in his cough it will be more of a bark and he also wont b able to breathe properly! as soon as this happens take him straight to the hospital ( if it happens at all).

Bec - posted on 02/06/2010

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well i am not a doctor, so ive obviously taken him to a dctr otherwise i wouldve of known he hadit pull your head in dont comment any more thanks

Jodi - posted on 02/05/2010

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Bec, if you don't provide all of the information in your opening post, you should expect people to make some assumptions. Why would people assume you haven't been to a doctor? Because believe it or not, there are members here who wouldn't have. No-one here knows you, so who is to know whether you have or not unless you spell it out.

I saw your post about having seen a doctor, and responded again that perhaps you should go back. Honestly, if you are that worried, I still say go BACK to the doctor! If you are not that worried, then fine, but your posts sounded worried.

Vegemite - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi frustrated yet Bec LOL. I'm surprised how many people have replied without reading or comprehending the thread. I replied before, my son had bronchitis at 4mths too. His cough did seem to linger a bit after all other symptoms had dissapered maybe it's normal, he's fine now.

Bec - posted on 02/05/2010

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have you not read what ive wrote JODI he is fine other then the cough, which i just bougt a vapourizer for! read before you comment thanks mate!

Jodi - posted on 02/05/2010

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Well, maybe you need to go BACK to your doctor, or phone your doctor. If nothing is working that has been recommended by your doctor, you really do need to go BACK!!

Bec - posted on 02/05/2010

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yeah im not heaps worried because hes doing fine drinking lot of juice, eating and drinking bottles, hes also very happy nd content and even 3dctrs have said hes not bad enough to goto hospital hes doing heaps good, but yes i am keeping a close eye on him if i do get worried i will take him straight to hospitaal

Shelia - posted on 02/05/2010

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oh ok. It is good he doesn't have temperatures. Just please pay close attention to his breathing and if he gets congested especially with this type weather, rainy and muggy. I am no doctor or nurse but I speak from just experiences I have had and I am on oxygen 24hr and have been for years I don't ever want to see anyone suffer like I have. Whatever advice I have to help I try to give. I have a friend who has a baby about 8 months or 9 months I think and she has bronchitis and she developed pneumonia and had to be on a breathing machine for a while after coming out of the hospital. My friend also had to get a second opinion for this diagnosis. She just had a gut feeling Just keep him close to you to help his healing.. I am sorry I don't mean to talk you to death. I just love good news and trying to help others.Be Blessed With Love

Bec - posted on 02/05/2010

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hi sheila i obivously have they told me everything im doing already and thats it and he DOESNT have temperatures

Shelia - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi Bec, First of all since he is so little. Please consult his baby doctor to see what may be best or what he may be allergic to because sometimes Vicks Vapor Rub doesn't work as well when you have bronchitis. It makes it harder to breath, same for the nasal sprays. I have a pulmonary lung disease and I started out like that and these different things seemed to help at first and hurt later so please be very cautious cause he can't talk and tell you exactly how he may be hurting or feeling. You have to pay very close attention. He may have to start some type breathing treatments or inhalers depending on the severity of his condition. May God Bless you !!

Shelia - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi Bec, First of all since he is so little. Please consult his baby doctor to see what may be best or what he may be allergic to because sometimes Vicks Vapor Rub doesn't work as well when you have bronchitis. It makes it harder to breath, same for the nasal sprays. I have a pulmonary lung disease and I started out like that and these different things seemed to help at first and hurt later so please be very cautious cause he can't talk and tell you exactly how he may be hurting or feeling. You have to pay very close attention. He may have to start some type breathing treatments or inhalers depending on the severity of his condition. May God Bless you !!

Vegemite - posted on 02/05/2010

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hi my dr told me that in small babies there's not much you can do except keeping temp down, keep their airways as clear as possible, make sure they are feeding enough even if it means persisting and forcing them to drink (the most common thing for hospitalisation in small babies with bronchitis is dehydration) and if they don't seem to be improving to have the checked again by the dr incase of any complications. So sounds like you're doing the best you can

Bec - posted on 02/05/2010

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i just bought a steam vapourizer ive got it running in my room when he falls asleep ill put him in there and i cant give him vicks because hes alergic to it in the question bit i wrote viicks but i meant to write eucalyptus and thanks BRANDI STRUBLE atleats your smart and know that ive taken him to a dctr

Bec - posted on 02/05/2010

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i have taken him to the doctor 5times for all those people telling me go see a doctor im not an idiot obviously ive seen a doctor otherwise i wouldnt know he has bronchilitis thats especially to you SHARRON GREY smartass! thanks everyone else and they wont give him antibiotics because he is only for months old, hes still happy hes not winging much but he still has a horrible cough

Lynn Stern - posted on 02/05/2010

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Put the vicks vapor rub on the bottom of his feet and cover with socks. Best at night when he is sleeping. R u breast feeding or bottle? How about distilled water? R u doing more homeopathic methods vs. modern meds? We prefer the natural remedies.

Brandi - posted on 02/05/2010

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Why do you all assume she hasn't taken him to the dr??? she never says one way or the other. when my kids get bronchitis, I take them to the dr. and the dr. tells me to let it run it's course. she gives me a few home remedies, advises me to keep an eye on their temp and give otc meds for fever and to return if symptoms persist for longer than 48 hrs. or of course if in doubt take them to the e.r. IF it is bronchitis, it is likely a VIRAL, not bacterial infection, in which case antibiotics will do nothing. When symptoms persist for longer periods of time, is when it is an indication that it is something bacterial and will respond to antibiotics. Of course I agree IF SHE HASN'T called or taken her child to the dr. she should do so, but there isn't ALWAYS something they can do.

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2010

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It can turn into Pnemonia or RSV better get him to the doctor as soon as you can. Trust me my girls have Bronchitis they keep it its nothing to mess with.

Candace - posted on 02/05/2010

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Please bring him to the Dr! My 19 month old (at the time) had bronchitis and I thought it was just a bad cold, well...when we had to take her to the emergency room for a high fever it had become pneumonia!!!! Don't wait, take him in!

Cavell - posted on 02/05/2010

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Depends on whether or not the bronchitis is chronic or an infection. I have chronic bronchitis, and no amount of antibiotics will help that. See your doctor and figure that part out first. I always try to have pure eucalyptus oil around to inhale, since it helps to open the airways, and have an inhaler that I use when I have to.

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I too would take your baby to see his pediatrician. He needs more than what the over the counter world has to offer. I hope her recovers quickly.

Katie - posted on 02/05/2010

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He should see a dr and probably be on antibiotics. My son had it recently but got better quickly on antibiotics but he is almost 2.

Danielle - posted on 02/05/2010

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is it bronchitis or bronchiolitis?..i know bronchiolitis is VERY common in babies and young children..when my daughter has it i use the nebuliser and also take her out in the cool air for a little while..
If the nebuliser isnt working then go back to the dr....having their airways blocked is not a good thing at all obviously,lol...there are meds they can take if it doesnt go away..just not sure what because when my daughter gets bronchiolitis its when she has croup so i have to give her a few things and i dont want to give u the wrong info about what u should give ur child so i suggest going back to the DRS!

Brandi - posted on 02/05/2010

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Try wrapping him in a blanket and taking him outside in the cold air (if you live somewhere cold). the air will open his airways a little and make him breathe a little easier. If you don't live somewhere cold, sit in the bathroom with the baby and the door shut. Run the shower HOT HOT HOT and let your baby breathe the steam for fifteen mins or so, this should help open his airways as well. Also, warm liquids can help loosen some of the phlem and stuff too, so heat up his juice if he drinks that any. Good luck. The good news is that he will probably be feeling better in just a few days. :-)

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