Never ending COLD. Suggestions?

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2012 ( 162 moms have responded )

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I need some help with this one... my twin 10 month old girls have had a cold for about 6 weeks now.. runny nose... slight cough..really clingy. I can tell they aren't feeling well. We took them to the doctor last week and she said there was nothing really wrong. No ear infection, no fever, and nothing is in their chests. She said there is nothing that she can really give them as far as medication. I am just supposed to make them comfortable until it passes. I have done EVERYTHING it seems. I put a humidifier in their room, used vicks, I am giving them plenty of fluids but NOTHING seems to help. It is making me crazy that they have been sick for this long. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do?? I hate seeing my sweet babies miserable.

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Jan - posted on 01/09/2012

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Hi I saw your post & I also see that you have gotten many responses of which I read a few. I'm the mom of 7 children & I raised my kids mostly natural without drugs. I am a strong believer of not overdoing it with medications, but I do use them to tweak a problem or to put a fire out. With your problem the first thing I would try is getting the twins on cod liver oil, they have a baby version that is flavored. You can also use the capsules, odorless, just prick them & squeeze into their mouth. From my experience & reading babies need the added supplement once they turn about 6 months old & this is what I did, in fact I started mine on cod liver oil or vitamin A&D supplements early on. Now's a good age also to add flax seed oil, about 1/2 dropperful a day.The flaxs is good for their bowels & for their skin, it's also high in omega-3, omega-6 & 9 fatty acids, it's even higher than fish oil in omega-3, it also contains B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc, so its a great natural health supplement all around for bringing balance to the body, & it's known to reduce inflammation, so it will help to calm & reduce inflammation in the mucus membranes. The cod liver oil is a natural supplement of A&D vitamins which also boost the immune system & also strengthen the mucus membranes. Another good supplement is wheat germ oil, or just prick a capsule of Vitamin E every couple of days & put in their mouth. You should start seeing a difference in their immune system right away. If you start slow & just add one supplement at a time, I'd start with the cod liver oil, then add the flax seedr oil, then whatever source of vitamin E you want. Also some vitamin C in water with natural raw honey or real maple syrup if you want, for sweetening, it just takes a slight amount. Many pediatricians say not to use honey until they are over a year, but I used natural raw honey with no ill effects, so that's up to your discretion. Honey is a natural for boosting the immune system & bring healing for inflammation also, it's great to get the local raw honey as it helps boost your immunity to local pollens. Another great supplement to make their immune system stronger is to add Emergen-C to their bottles, You can get it in a box at Wal-mart, there are many flavors. I would just add a small amount at first because each packet is 1000 mg, but it also is in a base of B vitamins & mineral ascorbates so it's really easily absorbed. If you give them juice just put about 1/4 to 1/2 packet in their juice bottle, or just add it to about 4 oz of water if they are just sipping from a cup. Too much vitamin C can make their bowels runny, so you have to increase it slow. Another great herbal medicine to get your children used to is: Insure Herbals ZAND formula, it's echinacea & golden seal in a base of about 8 different herbs, give them a 1/2 dropperful at their age, but after they are a year, you can give them a dropperful, & even two for older kids & adults as needed. It will bring fever down. This company also makes a throat mist that is a miracle drug, it will not only cure a sore throat, it helps alleviate sore gums for teething or toothache, a few drops for ear ache, it's cleansing & pain relieving, & takes swelling down. I've even used it on a swollen thumb that got slammed in a door & you could see the swelling go down before your eyes. It's scary taking responsibility by using natural supplements & not relying on the prescriptions & drugs out there, but I'm just sharing with you what I did. If you feel safer check with your doctor first, but I always counted it a blessing to have a doctor that at least was open minded to trying new things, but most will tell you no to everything off the bat. Also I never used tylenol or any fever reducer, I prayed over my kids first & watched them carefully, when they were 10 mths or older I used the ZAND formula, & if worse came to worse a tepid bath. The fever is a natural reaction of the body to ward off viruses & bacteria, so if you keep the immune system from working by reducing the fever artificially, eventually you will just weaken it. The ZAND formula is a natural supplement that actually boosts & strengthens the immune system, so it's safe. I did occasionally used pain relievers for tooth or gum pain. Also check your babies blood type, if they are anything but blood type B dairy products are toxic for them & will cause too much mucus. All Blood types but A shouldn't have corn or wheat they are toxic. Check out "Eat Right For Your Type" by Dr. Peter D'Adamo, it's really useful, I don't believe in being legalistic but if there is a health concern going on it's always helpful to see what may be causing an allergic reaction & therefore bringing the immune system down. I've raised 7 kids & working on the grandkids now with only natural remedies & they have been virtually antibiotic free for most of their lives, they are 35, 32, 31, 22, 18, 15 & 14 now, 2 were born premature & have no health issues whatsoever, so good luck & God bless!

Danika - posted on 01/08/2012

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I'm do sorry I'm the mom of 20 month old twin girls and we r constantly fighting sickness as well. We have humidifier that we run while they sleep and its real important to change filter/water and clean often. I am also a big fan of lysol.
I know its tough and my heart goes out to you and your babies.

Chrystal - posted on 01/06/2012

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For me when my kids (18 months and 6 months) get sick I focus on 3 things, building their immune system, removing germs, and comforting them. I build the immune system by giving them foods with lots of vitamins especially things like apple sauce, oranges, spinach, tomatoes, and broccoli. I was lucky to not get picky eaters if your girls are than maybe a vitamin drink or supplement would go over better you can ask the doctor which kind would be best. I work on removing the germs by cleaning everything they come in contact with every day especially toys while they are sick it's a lot of work but I find it helps them heal a bit faster and helps keep the rest of the house from getting sick. As far as comforting basically I just do anything I think might make them feel better baths, fresh air, cuddles, a video, they like it when I sing so I do that a lot too. It's a lot of work when two are sick at once but really the only thing you can do is keep reminding yourself they don't feel good and soon they will feel better or at least fall asleep for a little bit so you gotta keep going and do the best you can. Mine are both sick right now too so you're not alone in wishing you could just make them feel better.

Erica - posted on 10/24/2012

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Sounds like my 8 year old daughter. She has had the cough for years now and has had test after test... not allergies or asthma. She had surgery for her nasal drip. ENT sent her to pulmonologist. which sent her for a sweat test (negative) had her GI series test today (nothing there). Back to Pulmonologist tomorrow and on Friday ENT and start all over again....all we have now is to keep praying, God be with us

Juliann - posted on 01/08/2012

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Sounds like they need some immune boosting. Zinc is the magic mineral. In our country we have a supplement called zinplex. So a supplement with lots of zinc pincolate will be very good. What I use for colds which is absolutely magical is oregano tea. Just chop fresh oregano about 3 tbsp and boil for 10 minutes. Drink 3x per day. It is a great antiviral and antibiotic. Also give them a good multivitamin every day. Good luck :-)

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Stefanie - posted on 10/25/2012

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Have you tried eliminating Dairy and Soy? Those could be starter signs to an intolerance or allergy. When we met with the Gastro what we thought was a cold in our baby ended up being the begining signs of her intolerance.

User - posted on 03/23/2012

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Are they allergic to the formula they are getting? Sometimes that can cause these symtoms.

It sounds like could be an irritant like in Debbie Bledsoes post.

One other is don't let them drink bottles laying down, it can leak from their mouth into their sinuses and tubes.

I would take them back to the doctor too if it hasn't cleared by now, maybe it has progressed into an ear infection.

April - posted on 03/19/2012

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keep up with humidifeir and make yur own home remedy! boil water make it cold after its done put 8 oz of water in a bowl tsp of salt and get a cotton ball and put 2 drops in theyre nose keep doing that and do 2 - 3 times a day! it help does wonders!... sounds like they got a virus .... which it takes forever to get rid of u just go to let it do its own thing and make yur kids comfortable!! good luck

Debbie - posted on 03/16/2012

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10 months is VERY young to be consider a typical allergy such as hay feaver.



Your Dr checked for ear infection, liquid in the lungs or strep- those are results of a typical bacterial infection. HOWEVER, if your kids aren't getting better I believe you have reason to be concerned.



Do you have a mold problem in your home? Is your shower leaking into the drywall without your knowledge? Roof leaking and possibly put some mold in some drywall?



Change your heater/air conditioning filter every 30 days?



Do you smoke in the home?



I would have the Dr take a culture of their phlegm and send it to the lab for tests. It sounds like they have a bacteria in their lungs, most likely mold. OR it could be Cigarette Smoke, or cat hair and dander.



Good luck

Deena - posted on 03/16/2012

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you must try homeopathic medicines, it gives wonderful results.

Dr. Deena Malpani

www.homeopathy-dubai.com

Janet - posted on 03/13/2012

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My daughter 3 years old, she went to child care this year. I recommend you gave her drink manuka honey. It helps me, how about you?

Denise - posted on 02/20/2012

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was your twins born healthy? The reason that I ask is that maybe you need to ask the doctor to check for RSV. It normally develops in premie babies but you can never tell. Normally, when a doctor says nothing really wrong, it's because they don't know but don't want to say that.

Autumn - posted on 02/20/2012

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As an asthmatic myself, (and like you, with allergies in spring and fall - mine result in wheezing) and as a mom of 6 little kids, I worry about my kids health, and in the past they did occasionally have croupy coughs at night, and runny nose colds that lasted forever, or turned into bad coughs - Sure, they probably passed colds back and forth and in the past I have wasted plenty of time and money, on pointless Drs visits, where I'm told 'it's just another cold'.

BUT, I've learned:

It's so important to understand that our best defense against any sickness or disease or ailment is a happy, robust immune system. Two of the most important factors influencing the health of our immune systems are:

Gut flora, and

Vitamin D status



Instead of always looking to medications, now I try to keep everyone healthy, or at least try and make health-boosting choices daily - avoiding sugar most days and never ever allowing soda pop, they eat lot's of yogurt and fresh fruit smoothies and I make sure there are fresh veggies 2x per day, (sometimes fresh carrot/apple juice) and I add a drop or two of vitamin D during the winter months plus occasionally mixing in a capsule of Culturelle, a probiotic, all year long. (Love that stuff! helps with so much, from tummy aches to diarrhea, to constipation and overall health.)



Did you know bout 80 percent of your immune system resides in your gut, so maintaining a healthy gut flora is imperative for a fully functioning immune system. Nutrition is so important. You can also have your child's vitamin D level checked, and if found deficient, check out Dr Mercola's recommendations for getting the levels up.



I follow Mercola.com for smart, natural paths towards health and I think Dr Mercola is trustworthy and has really good info. I also try and get my kids outdoors even for just a bit every single day, even if it's raining. Because I think there's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing, and real fresh air is great for everyone!



All the best and hope your twins are feeling better very soon!

Gloria - posted on 02/19/2012

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Sounds like allergies...!!!My third child who at this time is about 10 weeks old, his nose was stuffed and had a really bad cough..took him to the doctors and told me that baby was fine and nothing really to do...but my mother intuition said that it was probably allergies to the milk...and as soon as I switched it to a more sensitive milk it all went away...sometimes the coughing does come back...but I have had severe allergies all my like...it is just something that we will deal with then it come down to it...and hope he does not have asthma!!! Good Luck!!! but sometimes...it is just better to go with your gut...

Courtney - posted on 02/14/2012

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According to my pediatrician, babies don't get allergies because they haven't had significant enough exposure to foreign substances to develop an immunological response. However, she did say that from time to time babies exhibit rhinitis which is unexplained. Go figure, right? She advised me to try over the counter Zyrtec or its generic equivalent and see if that made a difference. She said it is the only allergy medication approved for use by children under the age of six. The prescription was something like a quarter to one third teaspoon for an eighteen pound infant. My daughter had just turned six months when we got this advise. Please note that I am not abdicating medicating your child without first consulting with your doctor or nurse. I am simply sharing what advice we were given so that you may have additional information.

Heidi - posted on 01/31/2012

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I dont know if this will help, but my daughter (4) has had the same cold for a WHILE, and nothing i do seems to get rid of it, coughing sneezing, and the coughing only gets worse at night. My sister's a nurse and has three kids who seem to have the same cold, one of the other mom nurses told her to put vicks on the bottom of your kids feet, and then put socks on them before they go to sleep to help alleviate some of the symptoms, i know it sounds strange but this is my first night trying this with my daughter and she is sound asleep with little to no coughing. You've had some great tips already but the one i like most is cleaning toys. When my daughter was a baby i'd clean the carpets like crazy and crawl around on the floor with those clorox whipes or whatever they are and whipe down everything i thought my baby could touch. And i took my daughter out today for some fresh air and it seemed to make her feel a bit better, and it wore her out getting outside after being inside for so long this winter... she's sleeping like a champ!

Heidi - posted on 01/31/2012

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I dont know if this will help, but my daughter (4) has had the same cold for a WHILE, and nothing i do seems to get rid of it, coughing sneezing, and the coughing only gets worse at night. My sister's a nurse and has three kids who seem to have the same cold, one of the other mom nurses told her to put vicks on the bottom of your kids feet, and then put socks on them before they go to sleep to help alleviate some of the symptoms, i know it sounds strange but this is my first night trying this with my daughter and she is sound asleep with little to no coughing. You've had some great tips already but the one i like most is cleaning toys. When my daughter was a baby i'd clean the carpets like crazy and crawl around on the floor with those clorox whipes or whatever they are and whipe down everything i thought my baby could touch. And i took my daughter out today for some fresh air and it seemed to make her feel a bit better, and it wore her out getting outside after being inside for so long this winter... she's sleeping like a champ!

TARA - posted on 01/27/2012

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PROBABLY WORTH A TRY AT LEAST





During a lecture on Essential Oils, they told us how the foot soles can absorb oils. Their example: Put garlic on your feet and within 20 minutes you can 'taste' it.



Some of us have used Vicks VapoRub for years for everything from chapped lips to chest rubs and many body parts in between. But I've never heard of this. And don't laugh, it works 100% of the time, although the scientists who discovered it aren't sure why. To stop night time coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks VapoRub generously on the soles of your feet, cover with socks, and the heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.



Just happened to tune in to the radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good, due to the chemicals in them. This method of using Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet was found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bed time. In addition it seems to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly.



My wife tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, and the coughing stopped in a few minutes. She slept cough-free for hours every night she used it.



If you have children/grandchildren, pass this on. If you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be amazed at how it works.





DON'T SHUN THIS ONE.. TRY IT THE NEXT TIME YOU GET A BAD COLD. THE ONLY THING YOU CAN LOSE IS YOUR COUGH

Kari - posted on 01/24/2012

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The best thing we have found for persistant runny noses is Saline. You can buy the nasal Saline that comes in a mist for little kids. It is not as bad as the sprays. The saline gel also works good too. The Saline should flush out allergens and help relieve congestion. We live near the coast so salty cold air does wonders for breathing problems. Ask you doctor about a product called Veramyst. Its a nasal steroid. My pediatrician gave it to my kids along with a saline spray. We rarely get full blown colds now.

Angie - posted on 01/19/2012

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My son has a runny for about two weeks now and I am to tired of him, have to deal with this. We have been to the doctor and test for RSV, cold and other things and everything comes up negative. He does has allgery so I did call that doctor today. But I love to know what or how to help stop his nose for runny all the time. The kid need a break. Oh and we have been to ENT my son has been on alot differ meds and it will help for a awhile and then it will start back runny again. We had to sugery as well. I am not going to have another surgery he is only 15mos. I just need help. I am waiting on the ENT doctor too called me back as I write this. Kids are to small too be sick all the time. I would take his place in a minute. First time mother.

Laura - posted on 01/19/2012

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my daughter has the same thing except her cough is WICKED like it sounds horrible and they put her on an oral steroid forr the next 3 days hopiing that will help. so sometimes there isnt anything there but they need something to help them.. if it continues for too much longer then maybe take ur girls back in and get them checked again and see if maybe they can help someway

Ursula - posted on 01/19/2012

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Hi! I went thru this a year ago. This is what i did:

1. Got rid of the humidifier. My mother in law told me this was hurting rather than helping. I thought she was nuts but i took her advice anyways.

2. I stopped giving the kids ice or cold drinks. This was my mother's suggestion. I just gave my kids room temp drinks.

3. I gave my kids homemade garlic syrup. This is how u make it: in a small pot, boil three whole garlics in one cup of water. Let boil for 7 min approx. Put all this in a blender with one tsp of honey. Blend very well. Give one to two tsp of this to your children in the am and before bedtime. They might not like it but it will help them get better. The garlic is the key ingredient here!

I never thought this would help, but it did and now, everytime one of us feels a little sick, we take this garlic syrup! You have to make it fresh every morning though. Dont save from one day to the next.

Hope this helps! :)

Ursula - posted on 01/19/2012

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Hi! I went thru this a year ago. This is what i did:

1. Got rid of the humidifier. My mother in law told me this was hurting rather than helping. I thought she was nuts but i took her advice anyways.

2. I stopped giving the kids ice or cold drinks. This was my mother's suggestion. I just gave my kids room temp drinks.

3. I gave my kids homemade garlic syrup. This is how u make it: in a small pot, boil three whole garlics in one cup of water. Let boil for 7 min approx. Put all this in a blender with one tsp of honey. Blend very well. Give one to two tsp of this to your children in the am and before bedtime. They might not like it but it will help them get better. The garlic is the key ingredient here!

I never thought this would help, but it did and now, everytime one of us feels a little sick, we take this garlic syrup! You have to make it fresh every morning though. Dont save from one day to the next.

Hope this helps! :)

Mary - posted on 01/17/2012

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vinegar & honey dissolved in hot water, cooled and put into tommy tipee once a day, i have twins too so give both twins this mix, and you have one too mama its so good for us we won't know how we went without.....

Mary - posted on 01/17/2012

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teaspoon of honey dissolved in hot water with half teaspoon of cider vinegar, fill cup or tommy tipee with cold water, in the morn .....me got five kids and two moko this works well when the doctors won't give antibiotics, also good to have one yaself mama every day......God Bless ya

Rsmithnm - posted on 01/17/2012

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Well... do you have pets? My son is 14 weeks and having a similar issue. I am reminded of when my brother was an infant and was constantly getting sinus infections and running fevers of 102-103 degrees. When my cat died and my mom ripped up the carpet, he stopped getting sick. Turned out it was a violent allergy.

Nancy - posted on 01/17/2012

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wash hands often, drink lots of water, childrens vitamins, eat orange every day, drink 100 percent juices or eat berries and vegetables for antioxidants, humidifier, hot bath, showers, steam room,

Louise - posted on 01/17/2012

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Tissue salts is the best thing together with garlic and parsley capsules, doesn't smell great but works well

Kara - posted on 01/17/2012

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I'm hoping by now you are seeing improvement in your children... since I'm typing this on the 17th. But, the first thing that pops to mind for me is detergents/soaps. Once I started using Shaklee products in our home (no fillers, all natural, environmentally safe, no perfumes) ALL of us had much less issue with "allergies". I have 7 old b/g twins in 2nd grade now with all those germs and a husband that works at a public hospital as a police officer. Amazingly, it's January and we've yet to have any real sickness in the house (knock on wood!!!) Right now I'm fighting lack of humidity, so I'm going to get 2 more single room humidifiers tomorrow.

Feel free to check out Shaklee for more information. All the products are rigorously tested to be non-toxic and 100% guaranteed. The cleaning products are also highly concentrated, so you will save money by not having to use near as much product, or buy product near as often.

www.shaklee.net/pegasus2010

~Kara

Claudia - posted on 01/17/2012

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My daughter suffered from the same thing... persistent cough runny nose etc. I finally started her on Claredon every evening before bed, with in two weeks it was done. I now start her every year in November through February :)

Diana - posted on 01/17/2012

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I also recommend taking them to see an allergy doctor (or a different doctor). Doctors are not all knowing & sometimes you have to just go with gut instinct. Winter is hard because you are cooped up with germs & allergens. Maybe do a little investigation on your own. If you have pets, you may want to start there. Cats are especially known to cause allergic reactions even in people who may not be allergic to anything else. New foods that you may be introducing or formulas may also be something to look into. My older daughter has allergies (thanks to inheriting them from both her father & myself). When she was about 10 mos. old she started having a reaction to eggs. It started with her throwing up 10 minutes after having some pie. At the time, I thought it was the strawberry pie she had a 2 bites of. When she was done throwing up she broke out in hives all over her body. I didn't have any experience with food allergies. I mentioned this to her pediatrician several times and was just just brushed off & told it was a topical allergy & she would be fine. The last straw was when she was 14 mos. & the we were at a restaurant having breakfast. I gave her a few pieces of toast & 1 bite of egg white (she only had 4 teeth). She immediately broke out in hives across her face. She had a doctor appointment the next day, so once again I brought up my concerns and once again he told me it was nothing to worry about. It was the last straw for me. I made an appointment with a pediatric allergist & a new pediatrician. She was tested for eggs & strawberries. Turned out she was not allergic to strawberries, but was very allergic to eggs. He immediately gave me an epipen (epinephrin) & told me that she should not have any eggs or egg products at all because each time you have a reaction (food allergies anyway), the reaction can become worse. The reaction that she had where she threw up & broke out in hives was called an anaphylactic reaction & could have killed her had it been a little worse!!!! And to think that the original doctor told me it was nothing to worry about, just a topical allergy! She is 11 now & perfectly fine. She grew out of her egg allergy by the time she was 3 & enjoys them regularly now. She is growing into her seasonal & animal allergies now, but otherwise she is perfectly healthy. My point is that although your girls probably aren't going through something so drastic, if your instincts tell you there might be something more to it, follow your instincts. It may turn out to be just a long cold, but you will thank yourself if it turns out to be something different.

Shante - posted on 01/17/2012

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Ok now if your doctor isn't doing anything and they have been sick for sixs weeks than you should take them somewhere else because that's way to long to have a cold it can be an infections where they need Antibiotics I know I'm no doctor but it happened with my daughter she had a cough for 2 weeks

Serafine - posted on 01/17/2012

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Hi, could be an allergy. My son had a sticky cough every winter which had him throwing up sometimes. Turns out it was due to allergy to mold in the house. So check for mold before you add more humidity to their room.

Another thing which has really helped stave off the colds and germ attacks (and I've noticed he gets less and less of them each year) is to start them on a propolis/echinacea syrup during the fall and keep it up all winter. It reinforces their immunity.

I hope you find the solution soon. It is such an anguish to see our babies suffering. All the best.

Tyche - posted on 01/16/2012

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You need to get them tested for rsv the same thing happened to me with my 8yr old when he was a baby and it came back he had rsv. If that's not the problem it could be food allergies or some other kind of allergies, have them check that also.

Kelly - posted on 01/16/2012

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Hi...my daughter use to be the same. i find that giving her a booster like viralchoice or viraway with cold medication seems to do the trick. if they have runny noses try flushing it with saline or salex as much as possible. my daughters paed always reminds me that kids can take up to six weeks to fully recover from a cold or flu. all the best.

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They could be suffering from a food allergy!!

Have you heard of a food elimination diet? (I like to call it an adventure diet!) Basically, you'd start with hypo-allergenic foods only, then add back in the potential allergens one by one and look for symptoms. The big food allergens are wheat & other grains containing gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, night shade vegetables and citrus. It's tough, especially with little ones, but if it works it's definitely worth it! You'll be sparring them the illness now and the long term effects latter in life (like irritable bowel syndrome, cronic sinus infections, or like me Type 1 diabetes)

A great book on hypoallergenic eating is "The Whole Life Nutrition cookbook" by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre

Jasmine - posted on 01/16/2012

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my boy was the same and he got tested for RSV and has it. It pretty much like flu which they have for long periods of time and there isnt much you can do but at less you Will not have heaps of trips to the doctors. Vicks on their chest back and feet. Panadol and nurofen for bad days.

Joanna - posted on 01/16/2012

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Everything is going around now. It seems like we stay home for a week go out one day and are home sick again for another week. I have been trying to decrease my kids meat intake and increase fresh fruit and veggies. It seems to help some. But both kids and I have had a constant cold. you may also want to consider allergies. I have allergies which are always worse in winter. Always was my entire life. My mom is worse in fall and spring and other family in summer. So it depends which allergies you have and to what. Keep doing what you are doing, if you can't eliminate allergens some meds can help tho I am not a proponent of giving kids meds. But I have noticed when the kids get a cold a dose of the allergy meds helps.

Laura - posted on 01/16/2012

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I don't want to scare you, but my daughter went through this for 6 months, and then one day we went to the doctor and they said she was in the middle of an asthma attack and sent her to the hospital. I was like, "How long has she had asthma? I never knew she had asthma!" and looking back the cough, runny nose, and just overall icky feeling were mild asthma episodes, that just went undiagnosed. There are actual tests like putting something on her finger and check her oxygen levels, or you can take them to a specialist for asthma and allergies and they can do in depth tests. Do your twins have eczema? That is common in a lot of asthma patients, but even if they don't, you can still have them tested. Hope this helps.

Pamela - posted on 01/16/2012

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Go to www.bachremedies.com. I used Bach Remedies and other naturopathic treatments for my sons when they were little. I never gave them aspirin, etc.



I just pulled up the website. I suggest you check it out. The remedies work. Hope you use the info.

Julie - posted on 01/16/2012

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My girls were the same and my MOL suggested I try a product called Hypol - which is cod liver oil. I gave it a go and it was magic - no more colds. My girls use to come running for it but I tasted it and thought it was yuk. But who cares it worked.

Allison - posted on 01/16/2012

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I'd say honey but they might be to young still. Make sure there bedroom is dust free avoid excessive stuffed animals, heavy drapes, etc. Do frequent washes of bedding. Boogie wipes are great for the runny nose and can have medication in them to help decongest.

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ever considered that they might have allergies? Maybe they need conditions that are helpful for those who have allergies- humidifier, hypoallergenic detergents and consider pets in the home? Otherwise, if it is just a cold, it might be time to consider testing them for what is making it last so long... could antibiotics or steroid therapy be beneficial?

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As a mother of twin girls I have been there and done that! I have 4 kids and we have not been on antibiotics in 5 years! We do all vitamins! When they are sick they 2000 mg of vitamin c every 2 hours. Your body will only absorb what it needs. So when their bowls start getting loose reduce the amount of vitamin c. Also when they sleep put vicks sav on their feet and cover with socks! Both things really do work!

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2012

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I agree with the poster who suggests eliminating (temporarily at least) the dairy and wheat from their diets first. You would be shocked! They are tough to digest. Go to a strict clean diet with them for a few days and keep them on a good schedule. Read the posts that mention homeopathic tips too. If you find the right one each time, they will heal faster. They aren't passing the same germ back an forth, people build immunity to ones they've had. But their immune systems have taken a hit so work on building them up. Lots of good advice here!

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It is probably a series of colds. Mine are going through the same thing. Boogie wipes and saline spray has done a lot to allieviate the symptoms for mine. There really isn't much more you can do. It will pass.

Amanda - posted on 01/16/2012

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It just seems to be a bad year for viruses. I have 3 and 5 year old boys and both have been sick, as have my husband and I - all for more than 6 weeks (sometimes worse sometimes better - never quite gone). This is a very common thing to hear right now in many different locations, as if the year's current mutation just happens to be a lingering nasty. The temperatures outside have not been cold enough to really kill a lot of the bugs in the environment the way it typically would, meaning that there is a lot more available to be caught as well.

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WEll, I do know that I have been using essential oils by DoTerra. Peppermint oil, for example helped me when I had a cold ...made it so I could breathe again!! However, be careful what oils you use...the ones at the store are not as good as these...check them out! Some are only for aromatherapy. If you have any questions, here is the website: www.mydoterra.com/cindyt this is my friends, since I don't have one yet. They have everything from lemon oil, frankincense and everything in between!! I sure hope they feel better soon! I hate when my little guy is sick! :(

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Sorry everyone. I have been reading this website for a couple of years but finally decided to post. sorry for the repetition. This stuff is great and I just want other mothers to be healthy them selves and their children.



I totally agree. I nursed all three of my girls and then only did organic and only at meal times. My youngest was sick from oct to may until I started her and the family on a great nutritional supplement. No colds or sickness in almost three years. Email me and I can share this amazing stuff. mhunzek1@rochester.rr.com. It works. My sisters all use it now and no illnesses in our entire fam. I know it sounds crazy but it works.

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My youngest was sick from oct to may until I started her and the fam on a great nutritional supplement. No colds or sickness in almost three years. Email me and I can share this amazing stuff. mhunzek1@rochester.rr.com. It works. My sisters all use it now and no illnesses in our entire fam.

This stuff even works on allergies. I have been plagued since birth and I no longer have the severity of allergies. I am hoping in a few more years I will have no more

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