Sick 8 month old

Kaipo - posted on 01/21/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Is there some sort of cold remedy I can give my son? He has the sniffles, runny nose and watery eyes....a typical cold. But how do you remedy it for an 8 month old? He has had it for....3 days now.

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Nicole - posted on 01/21/2009

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Make sure it is the Baby Vicks, I have found that it has a less overpowering smell then the normal Vicks.

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My doctor told me that you can use saline drops. You can buy them at any store with a pharmacy section, or you can do a search online to find the recipe. All it is is a mixture of salt and water. You just lay your baby on their back and put a couple drops in each nostril (that's the part they hate!) and it loosens up everything in thier sinuses so you can suction it out. It worked wonders on both my girls while they were still too young for other things. Great at shortening the length of a cold and helping them to sleep better :) I hope this helps!

Melanie - posted on 01/21/2009

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I found that the Braur's cold and flu tonic or recovery is brilliant! They are basically just herbal mixtures that you can get from most chemists. I use nearly all of their range for various things including their Colic and teething mixtures.

Nicole - posted on 01/21/2009

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Ya always check with your dr first. Most dosage chart is by weight until they are atleast a certain weight or age. Baby Vicks works wonders with my son, I give him a warm bath with the Johnsons Vapor bath, and then put some vicks on the bottom of his feet and put on feety pj's or socks and he can sleep through the night. That works for anybody big or small!

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Please don't use Vicks...it's no longer recommended accordiing to the latest research.  I used to rub Vicks on my son's chest and that would help his congestion, but it is no longer recommended.  What I do now, is place Eucalyptus drops (you can get them at the pharmacy) in very hot water, and its mist will act as a decongestant.  No medicine is needed unless baby has a fever.

Courtney - posted on 01/21/2009

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Unfortunately, the ony thing that you can really do is buy some baby vicks to help with congestion.  My daughter had one continuous cold from about two weeks old through one year.  We were told by our pediatrician that we cannot administer any decongestant/cold remedy meds. 

Gabrielle - posted on 01/21/2009

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The latest news is that you're not supposed to use Vicks. And always check with your pediatrician before giving Tylenol or Ibuprofen, to ensure you're giving the right amount. We used a cool humidifier, saline drops in the nose, and the "sucker ball" if we needed it. It's hard to watch your sick baby and not be able to do much for them, but it's just a cold and he'll get over it soon.

Jolene - posted on 01/21/2009

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I bring my daughter to a homeopathic doctor. The homeopathy has always cleared it up right away and of course you don't have to worry about side effects, or using ibuprophen or tylonel in your baby.

If you use a humidifier make sure you buy one that is antibacterial or you just clean it often, as germs and bacteria build up in humidifiers quickly.

Leila - posted on 01/21/2009

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the only thing you can give to under 2 years, is either paracetamol or ibuprofen for children, nothing else, but if  he has chesty cough and temperature then needs to be checked out by the doctor,  just keep him warm, lots of cuddle and fluids, it will go away on it's own. 



hope he feels better soon

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi, I acutally have a chart from my doctor that says that if you can't find any infants tylenol, you can use a 3/4tps of a childrens tylenol. A cool mist humidifier may also help with his sniffles and runny nose. I hope this helps.

Erin - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi :) I also have an eight month old. From what I have been told from many is there is nothing you can do for them besides giving infant tylenol and the vicks baby rub.
I hope this helps

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