whats the best cure for a cough on a 5 yr old ive done everything

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Amber Lynne - posted on 12/21/2009

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My pediatrician recommended that I give my son cough & cold meds, put a cool-mist humidifier in his room when he's sleeping a night and put a little vick's vapor rub on his back underneath a snug, warm shirt. He also recommended giving him a biscuit with honey on it. My son wouldn't eat the biscuit, but he loves sweet tea-so I made him a small pitcher of unsweet tea and sweetened it with honey instead of sugar. I gave him a glass about 3 times a day, and it actually worked like a charm.

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Katherine - posted on 12/22/2009

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Serene - posted on 12/22/2009

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Quoting Mel:

Im in Australia and my 2 year old had a terrible cough that was sounding more like croup. Im assuming you have seen a doctor? I would take your shild back and discuss with the doctor something we have here which im sure you will have where you are its called Pain Stop. ANd its like panadol but with codine in it, Codine helps to break mucus down in the body (which i didnt know) It was like a mircale!!! We had had sleepless nights for ages, and the first night i got back from the hospital, and gacve my son the recommended 10 mls, and put the humidifier on in his room it was amazing. I would discuss this alternative with your doctor. Hope all works out for you.


Codeine also helps to suppress the cough, which if the child is making a sore throat worse, therefore coughing more (vicious circle...) it can be a hige benefit, though Id try other things before an opiate.

Serene - posted on 12/22/2009

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Quoting Sharon:



Quoting Serene:




Quoting Krista:





Quoting Amber Lynne:

My pediatrician recommended that I give my son cough & cold meds, put a cool-mist humidifier in his room when he's sleeping a night and put a little vick's vapor rub on his back underneath a snug, warm shirt. He also recommended giving him a biscuit with honey on it. My son wouldn't eat the biscuit, but he loves sweet tea-so I made him a small pitcher of unsweet tea and sweetened it with honey instead of sugar. I gave him a glass about 3 times a day, and it actually worked like a charm.









That's great! Your pediatrician told you to do that for YOUR child.  It MUST mean EVERYONE should do it for their children.












Wow my doc told me to put a bandage on my sons sprained ankle. Does that mean that if your kid sprains his ankle, he wont need one? Me so silly! Wonder what your Paed would say...








OK COMING FROM A NURSE!!

Honey and lemon in hot water. Cool it first, but it helps. And this will sound decidedly odd, but add some pepper if its before bed.






You didn't know you were supposed to wrap a sprained ankle?  I guess you are so silly.  & whats with mocking asians and the stupid "me so silly" thing? 






Heck my two boys sprain ankles, pull muscles every week just doing tricks on their bikes.  Glad I remember common first aid...





1. I DID know what to do with a sprained ankle, however since it was rather swollen I wanted to know if it was BROKEN rather than sprained. Im a NURSE. Im smart enough to know when to see a doctor, and I think Im MORE than qualified to give advice!



2. "me so silly" isnt mocking Asians, though you can see your racism shining through if thats the first thing you think! I was actually going more for a whole "not clever enough to understand every day English"!



 



3. She asked for help, not smart-arsery. Have you given ANY useful advice yet?

Myra - posted on 12/21/2009

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Maybe you could try peppermint. That usually helps me when I have a cough, and has since I was about that age. I was always getting strep throat sinus congestion, and bronchitis as a kid, so it made my throat feel better, and even helped some with mucus.

Mel - posted on 12/21/2009

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Im in Australia and my 2 year old had a terrible cough that was sounding more like croup. Im assuming you have seen a doctor? I would take your shild back and discuss with the doctor something we have here which im sure you will have where you are its called Pain Stop. ANd its like panadol but with codine in it, Codine helps to break mucus down in the body (which i didnt know) It was like a mircale!!! We had had sleepless nights for ages, and the first night i got back from the hospital, and gacve my son the recommended 10 mls, and put the humidifier on in his room it was amazing. I would discuss this alternative with your doctor. Hope all works out for you.

Krista - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Erin:



Quoting Krista:




Quoting Amber Lynne:

My pediatrician recommended that I give my son cough & cold meds, put a cool-mist humidifier in his room when he's sleeping a night and put a little vick's vapor rub on his back underneath a snug, warm shirt. He also recommended giving him a biscuit with honey on it. My son wouldn't eat the biscuit, but he loves sweet tea-so I made him a small pitcher of unsweet tea and sweetened it with honey instead of sugar. I gave him a glass about 3 times a day, and it actually worked like a charm.







That's great! Your pediatrician told you to do that for YOUR child.  It MUST mean EVERYONE should do it for their children.









WOW!!! The OP was ASKING  for advice right? and Amber Lynne gave hers......get over it!






 






I would try honey also, that's what I do when I have a cough and it does seem to help. good luck!!





I'm sorry, but I simply cannot get over every day women telling other women to negate the claims by doctors and the FDA about giving cough and cold medicines to children under the age of 6.

Sharon - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Serene:



Quoting Krista:




Quoting Amber Lynne:

My pediatrician recommended that I give my son cough & cold meds, put a cool-mist humidifier in his room when he's sleeping a night and put a little vick's vapor rub on his back underneath a snug, warm shirt. He also recommended giving him a biscuit with honey on it. My son wouldn't eat the biscuit, but he loves sweet tea-so I made him a small pitcher of unsweet tea and sweetened it with honey instead of sugar. I gave him a glass about 3 times a day, and it actually worked like a charm.







That's great! Your pediatrician told you to do that for YOUR child.  It MUST mean EVERYONE should do it for their children.









Wow my doc told me to put a bandage on my sons sprained ankle. Does that mean that if your kid sprains his ankle, he wont need one? Me so silly! Wonder what your Paed would say...







OK COMING FROM A NURSE!!

Honey and lemon in hot water. Cool it first, but it helps. And this will sound decidedly odd, but add some pepper if its before bed.



You didn't know you were supposed to wrap a sprained ankle?  I guess you are so silly.  & whats with mocking asians and the stupid "me so silly" thing? 



Heck my two boys sprain ankles, pull muscles every week just doing tricks on their bikes.  Glad I remember common first aid...

Sharon - posted on 12/21/2009

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robitussin for kids does the trick here but my youngest is 7 and her pediatrican suggested it... so its an option but talk to your doc.

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Serene - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Krista:



Quoting Amber Lynne:

My pediatrician recommended that I give my son cough & cold meds, put a cool-mist humidifier in his room when he's sleeping a night and put a little vick's vapor rub on his back underneath a snug, warm shirt. He also recommended giving him a biscuit with honey on it. My son wouldn't eat the biscuit, but he loves sweet tea-so I made him a small pitcher of unsweet tea and sweetened it with honey instead of sugar. I gave him a glass about 3 times a day, and it actually worked like a charm.





That's great! Your pediatrician told you to do that for YOUR child.  It MUST mean EVERYONE should do it for their children.





Wow my doc told me to put a bandage on my sons sprained ankle. Does that mean that if your kid sprains his ankle, he wont need one? Me so silly! Wonder what your Paed would say...









OK COMING FROM A NURSE!!



Honey and lemon in hot water. Cool it first, but it helps. And this will sound decidedly odd, but add some pepper if its before bed.

Erin - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Krista:



Quoting Amber Lynne:

My pediatrician recommended that I give my son cough & cold meds, put a cool-mist humidifier in his room when he's sleeping a night and put a little vick's vapor rub on his back underneath a snug, warm shirt. He also recommended giving him a biscuit with honey on it. My son wouldn't eat the biscuit, but he loves sweet tea-so I made him a small pitcher of unsweet tea and sweetened it with honey instead of sugar. I gave him a glass about 3 times a day, and it actually worked like a charm.





That's great! Your pediatrician told you to do that for YOUR child.  It MUST mean EVERYONE should do it for their children.





WOW!!! The OP was ASKING  for advice right? and Amber Lynne gave hers......get over it!



 



I would try honey also, that's what I do when I have a cough and it does seem to help. good luck!!

Amber - posted on 12/21/2009

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First off is it a persistent cough our just because your child is sick? Next question I have is if it is that your child is sick, what is causing them to be sick? Take your child to the doctor and see what they have to say. I recently received an email from my husband's grandmother about Vicks VapoRub. They say that the best way for you to calm a cough whether it be an adult or a child is to put in on the soles of their feet and put socks on them. It will stop the cough in about 5 minutes and keep it stopped for hours. That may be something that you want to try but my best advice is your family doctor.

Heidi - posted on 12/21/2009

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It sounds weird.. My son gets those "seal barks" cough.. Poor guy sounds horrible sometimes.. Weve gone to the dr so many times. to where ive gone to 2 other drs. And they tell me theres nothing wrong with him. The last dr told me to but some vicks vapor rub on the bottoms of his feet, nice and thick and put his socks back on. And it works wonders.. That and we be sure to take a nice warm bath every nite to relax him before bed.. It helps his cough alot but nothing is 100%.. Good luck i hate sick babies!!!

Krista - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Amber Lynne:

My pediatrician recommended that I give my son cough & cold meds, put a cool-mist humidifier in his room when he's sleeping a night and put a little vick's vapor rub on his back underneath a snug, warm shirt. He also recommended giving him a biscuit with honey on it. My son wouldn't eat the biscuit, but he loves sweet tea-so I made him a small pitcher of unsweet tea and sweetened it with honey instead of sugar. I gave him a glass about 3 times a day, and it actually worked like a charm.


That's great! Your pediatrician told you to do that for YOUR child.  It MUST mean EVERYONE should do it for their children.

Lynda - posted on 12/21/2009

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My theory is "if in doubt see a doctor!" It is better to be an over zealous mum than letting it go and becoming worse.
Always go with your gut feeling.
I'll pray your child will get better.

Krista - posted on 12/21/2009

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Just to let you know, Vicks will exasperate a cough and children UNDER the age of 6 should NOT get cough and cold medication (unless directed by their physician).

STOP TELLING PEOPLE TO DOSE THEIR CHILD WITH COUGH MEDICATION PEOPLE.

It's REALLY starting to annoy me.

Charlotte - posted on 12/21/2009

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My daughter has the seasonal allergies and we go through this often. We use warm beverages during the evening before bed and the cool mist humidifier during the cold dry months. The Baby Ayr nose spray also helps to keep the passes moist so you don't get that dryness.

Jackie - posted on 12/21/2009

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Cure the cause. If its a cold/illness its best to wait it out and allow the cough. It is the bodies way of helping expel germs and get over the illness faster. If he isn't sick you need to rule out allergies. Allergies especially daily ones can persent like a cold. They are worse during the Winter/Summer months because of the home being closed up to allow for heating/cooling. And it will appear as if the cold just won't go away and in some kids they will actually get throat, sinus, lung infections very easily. Cure the allergy cure the cough.

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