my 7th month old has a bad cough...can she have a decongestent...I have no insurance right now

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Mandi - posted on 05/16/2010

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Oh and make sure you absolutely do not give her tylenol and robutussin together. Robutussin first of all has a very bad reputation for causing death in children and just recently there have been deaths among children who have taken tylenol and robitussin together. Just a warning for ya.

Stina - posted on 05/16/2010

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I put Vicks Baby Rub on my kids when they are congested. It works really well- even for me when I get sick.

Colleen - posted on 05/16/2010

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When my daughter had a cough I used the J&J vapor bath, it's like Vicks for babies. It def helped calm her. I also put a cool mist humidifier in her room. If it doesn't go away after w eek I would bring her to the docters, you can sign up for sliding fee and if your income is low enough it will be free. They can't refuse you for the visit and they can past date the paper work to cover that visit. I hope I've helped.

Nicole - posted on 05/16/2010

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Cool mist Humidifier is the best! And if you don't have that you can always bring her/him in the bathroom and let the shower run on high heat. The doctors won't do anything for you at that age anyways, but what you should look for is a doctors office that has a sliding scale. When I didn't have insurance after I was laid off I paid $25 for a visit. You can give Tylenol baby every four hours it will help too.

Rebecca - posted on 05/16/2010

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If you have a humidifier plug it in her room but of course far enough away from h er crib so it wont burn her, and use some vicks in it. Do NOT put the vicks on her. Some parents do and some don't and i am an advocate of don't for sure. Give her some Tylenol and run a warm bath. If you don't have a humidifier you can always run the shower on hot only and close the bathroom door and let the steam from the shower fill the room. It will help break down the mucus as well. You can also get menthol baby bath, helped my baby girl when she had a cold this winter, i do however wash her with clear water after the bath just to get ride of any residue on her hands and now "scum" left behind.

Good luck.

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Tanya - posted on 05/16/2010

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You could take her to the health department but you might want to call and make and appointment. Also you could see if you can get Medicaid for you little girl. I know they will cover children until 18 and it depends on how much you make and how big you family is. I used to go to an office that would only charge 60 dollar for people with no insurance and the doctors would always give me samples if they had them

Mandi - posted on 05/16/2010

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i know how you feel about the no insurance thing. I rarely take my kids to the doctor because these days, most doctors are out to make a big buck and just prescribe you with all these pharmaceuticals that cause more problems. I would go to vitacost.com if I were you. They have low cost, all-natural products from natural herbal medicine, vitamins, lotions without chemicals, etc. I am no doctor, but I would recommend giving your daughter some echinacea goldenseal drops(Natures Way brand), sambuchus (which is a natural cough suppressant liquid), and keep the nasal sucker nearby. It's the drainage that's causing the cough. Search these products in the search engine on vitacost.com. I swear by this stuff. Hope this helps.

Deena - posted on 05/16/2010

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my little man had RSV and we got a warm mist humidifier and it made him worse. His dr. said to get a cool mist humidifier!! They also have baby vicks rub, if you wanna give that a try. OR just call a dr. and ask for some advice, they are willing to give it :)

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