My son is a year and a half and he has a very bad cold and cough. He is taking his medications but his cough is real bad that he keeps vomiting. Anyone knows what else can you give the child to help him feel better? especially at night!

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Missy - posted on 01/07/2009

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This may sound weird, but apply baby Vick's to the bottom of his feet. Then put socks on. I had read that some where. My daughter had the same situation. I had her on a strong dose of cough med's but still she continued to cough and vomit! I asked my Dr. about it and he said it is a home remedy and it does work for some. I gave it a try and lo and behold it worked!!! I would have to reapply half way through the night, but that was better than listening to her struggle with the cough and cleaning up vomit! GOOD LUCK! I hope your son feels better soon.

GayL - posted on 01/07/2009

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If he's over 1 year, it is safe to give him a teaspoon of honey. Ive read a couple of studies saying it works as well as childrens cough medicine without the side effects and dangers.

Carol - posted on 01/05/2009

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Thanks guys for the advise! The vicks on the feet was a first time I heard of it and it works. At the pharmacy they gave me a pill they stick up their bums, it eases the cough. that really helped. thanks again guys!

Dawn - posted on 01/04/2009

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hi tilt your sons bed up at the head end if you can i find that helps my little girl as the chest is not flat then x

Tina - posted on 01/04/2009

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I use the adults on mine but they were over a year before I tried it the first time so I am not sure. I would use the children's probably but I really don't think the adults would be dangerous.

Teresa - posted on 01/04/2009

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My baby has also had a cough off and on, today it seems like it is bothering her more, can i use adult vicks on her feet? OR does it have to be the infact vicks vapor rub?

Lisa - posted on 01/04/2009

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Sounds like he has drainage, try to prop his head up more at night and give him Mucenex, (Generic) is fine and also Delsym. He may also need a vaporizer or humidifier in his room.

Tina - posted on 01/04/2009

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The Vicks salve on the bottom of the feet really does work. Just rub a generous amount on the bottoms of their feet and put their socks on over it. Works in about 15 min.

Shawna - posted on 01/04/2009

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what i have used on my son who's 20 mths is a nasal spray called neosynephrine you buy it at the drug store or walmart over the counter pop off the top and put a qtip in it then rub the qtip inside their nostrils it has helped tremendously when he has a cold and i also use a cool mist humidifier when he sleeps. i also have a friend who used the vicks vaporub on her babys feet and put socks on him and she said that helped the cough the neosynephrine will help with the head congestion which causes the drainage to make him cough. hope that helps!!

Nathalie - posted on 01/04/2009

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Have you asked your doctor about asthma. Both my boys have to take an inhaler when they get bad colds but when they are not sick asthma doesn't bother them. Something to check into.

Donna - posted on 01/04/2009

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My pediatrician told us that testing proved honey to be more effective than cough medicine, as well. However, what I've found to be even better is Throat Coat Tea (sometimes you find it as Throat-Kote). It contains slippery elm, which is totally safe, and really just provides a great coating that stops the coughing.

Sheila - posted on 01/04/2009

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Was thinking along the same lines as Dawn, my son had asthma really bad as a child, and the humidifier helped him out a lot.

Dorey - posted on 01/04/2009

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The steam followed by the cold air helps to open up his air way which will allow for him to breathe easier. The vomitting is the only way for him to get the mucus up. Get a warm mist vaporizer and put the vicks vapor rub in the well near the vent where the steam comes out. Close the door and let him sleep. Do not leave the vaporizer in a place where he can reach it as the water is really hot.

Chrissy - posted on 01/04/2009

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I have heard that if you rub Vicks Vapor rub on their feet (and cover w/ socks) that it absorbs into their skin and relieves the congestion)

Cassie - posted on 01/04/2009

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take him into a steaming bathroom, don't put him in the water, of course. sit there with him for about 20 minutes. then either take him outside in cold weather for a few, or hold him up to an open freezer. i'm not exactly sure what this does, but it helps and some pediatricians in the st. louis area recommend it.

Stephanie - posted on 01/04/2009

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has he been to the docters as i recomend in you getting some antibiotics for him to help him get clear of that nasty cougth as my 17 month old baby has got tonsilitus and is has been given them to help her as she has been vomiting for 7 days now and cant keep nothing down hope this helps youx

Stacy - posted on 01/04/2009

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The vicks on the bottom of the feet helps, i have put it on both my kids and myself (last night even). Slather it on and add some socks, and pray he doesn't take them off, cause it leaves a huge mess!

April - posted on 01/04/2009

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Honey is a good idea but be careful with your son being so little. The reason they don't recommend it for kids under one is because there is an increased risk of botulism. The steam from a hot shower may help with the congestion, try that!

Joni - posted on 01/04/2009

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I've read that putting Vicks on the bottoms of their feet help...never tried it myself, but a close friend says it really does work.

Jessica - posted on 01/04/2009

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I read that honey is actually better than any medicine..I haven't had the opportunity to try it but I don't think it can hurt.

Jackie - posted on 01/04/2009

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Vicks on the feet with socks. Vapourizer in his room. Prop him up some how... blankets under the mattress works well. Remember if you are using honey it must be pasterized. It should clearly say on the container if it is or isn't. Also check the age on when honey can be introduced. Honey comes with its own big bag of problems. Hot bath before bedtime should help clear him out a bit too. Good old fashion Chicken Noodle Soup will help decongest him before bed.

Dawn - posted on 01/04/2009

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A warm air humidifier with vick's added to the water has helped my daughter at night before. Just make sure it's not too close, or too far from where he's sleeping and that he can't get it and pull it down.

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We purchased a wedge pillow that I put under my little guy when he gets that way. It's a firm foam with a special pillow case for it. Keeping him propped up seemed to ease his cough at night. Make sure to keep him hydrated, he'll need to replace the fluids he's lost. After that and what you're already doing, it's kinda a waiting game.

Kate - posted on 01/04/2009

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I saw some articles recently about a tsp of buckwheat honey (google it and you will see them). I tried it on my 23 monther and it (maybe?) helped her cough. I believe that you can give kids honey after 12 months...but check that out too....



Kids Vicks on the chest and throat (make sure its the kids kind as there was a recent article about the the adult stuff having something not so good for kids in it) is soothing but doesn't necessarily help medically, I think.

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