Anything for a chest cold under 1 year?

Jen - posted on 03/07/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son will be a year in a week and my husband went to get him something for a horrid cough, just for night time and he was told it was all taken off the shelves for under 2 because of side effects. Does anyone have and suggestions on what else I can do to help him. He starts cough ing so hard it makes him sick.

Thanks so much!

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Nikki - posted on 08/19/2010

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As a pharmacy tech for over 10 years it is not safe to give any over the counter medication for kids under 4 believe it or not. You can however get a prescription cough medicine for the child but that is not recommended either until they are 2 years of age. I highly suggest doing the foot therapy with the VICKS since it worked for my daughter numerous of times when she was younger then 2. You rub baby vicks on the child feet, like ur putting lotion on them massage it, then you put socks on their feet, but do this only when they are already laying in bed, after a bath when they are going to bed. The coughing should stop or minimize by a lot. In addition to this always add the humidifier and keep the door closed where there baby sleeps. You dont have to add vicks to the water but if you like dont over do it, just the water vapor alone is sufficient. If they have runny or stuffy nose I also reccomend one of those big ear bulbs, and use it on the nose to suck out all the mucus, oh and after the vicks on the feet you can also massage it on the babies chest trust me he/she will feel much better. let me know how it worked out for you cause it has always worked for my daughter.

Tiffani - posted on 09/06/2012

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My little 8-month old just got a head cold that turned into a chest cold. When she was 3 months old, she had the same thing and it turned into Bronchitis. I'm a little worried that it will quickly progress to that again, but there's not a whole lot to do for such a little one. However, I know the Lord, so I pray that He will give me peace and patience to help her get through it. He always calms my nerves.. :) But Some other things I do to help her is always keep the humidifier running and put baby rub on her chest, neck, and under her nose. I also put baby rub on her little footies and in between her toes and put socks on over that (that's what the doctor recommended to do to help with her chest congestion). Another thing I heard was that water is the best expectorant, so I try to keep her hydrated with some water and breastfeed her every 3 to 4 hours. She seems to be doing okay, so gotta keep praying that God will protect her! Hope this helps anyone out there!

Jillian - posted on 08/19/2010

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When my little one had a terrible cough and chest congestion, I took a very hot shower and out her in the bathroom and shut the door. Thankfully I have a small bathroom that steams up really well. By the time it was over, she wasn't nearly as congested or coughing and I was relaxed. It was great for the both of us!

Andrea - posted on 03/07/2009

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another thing you could try is vicks vapor rub for babies.  I use it on my son and it works great.

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Vanessa - posted on 08/19/2010

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I put vapo rub on the bottoms of my sons feet and then put socks on him. It seemed to help him breathe without worrying about it getting in his face.

Alison - posted on 08/18/2010

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You can try a vaporizer in the room to see if it will help him cough the secretions out, but if he is coughing so hard that he is getting physically ill, it is probably far enough a long to see about taking him to a doctor. If he has sinus drainage that is leading to his lungs causing the chest cold, it sounds like he has a sinus infection

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have a hot shower running and steam him in the bathroom for 20 minutes or so several times a day.  It will help loosen the congestion.

Jen - posted on 03/07/2009

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Thanks so much! We have a humidifier but didn't think of trying to raise the mattress.

Valerie - posted on 03/07/2009

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you could always put a humidifier in his room and raise up the side of his mattress where he sleeps it helps alot and cough and cold medicines really dont work

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