My 9 month old babies have a horrible cold (runnie nose, coughing, and sometimes fever). Does anyone know how what i can do for them. I tried tylenol and motrin, but it seems not to be working. PLEASE HELP , should i take them to their pediatrician?

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Stephanie - posted on 02/08/2009

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My daughter just turned 10 months and she had a horrible cold last month she was coughing so hard you could tell it hurt her everytime she did and she had the chest rattle and the fever and the runny nose, i took her to the pediatrician twice but they said they really don't approve of cold medicine in children under 2 years old and to just keep her hydrated.  I gave her pedialyte and a LOT of juice with vitamin drops and cut down on her formula.  The formula made her have more mucus and the juice actually gave her a litlte more energy, i aspirated her nose before she went to bed everynight and when she got up every morning and anytime in between that she needed it and she sailed right through it, if they are coughing and they seem to be in a lot of distress like pain in their chests if you give them some tylenol for that it will help a lot, and when you wipe their nose, use wet wipes instead of tissues, that will keep from their being rawness from friction and if their runny nose starts to dry up and they have a lot of dried mucus around the edges of their nose that is painful when you try to remove it, put some vaseline on there, let it sit for a few hours and it should come off on its own or just wipe away with a wet wipe! 

Jackie - posted on 02/09/2009

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unless that temp is over 103, and you cant bring it down, or the kid is having problems breathing-then no. no cure for a cold. watch out for symptoms of an ear infection though, a cold can go into one. that would mean a trip to the doc. but for a runny nose and cough, nope! doc cant do anything



OH and i saw some people mention vicks vapor rub-DO NOT USE  THIS!!!!!!!!! a recent (jan 2009) article just came out about the dangers of it on young children and babies, dont take that chance!!  the vicks can actually cause increased mucous production and lead into severe respiratory distress and possible death....be careful!!! its for adult use only, people just listen to "old wives tales" about it and think it is ok, but its not worth the risk!



good luck!

Melissa - posted on 02/09/2009

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The Canadian Pediatric Association has just released new information not recommending cough medicine for children under 6, so I definately would not suggest cough medicine. I have 11 mo old twins who both had nagging colds for 2 weeks. I took them to the doctor as well but they don't really give babies medicine so I was told Infant Tylenol for the fever and to make sure they were getting liquids over solids. I upped their bottles and scaled back their solids and they got better pretty quickly. Also, with the vicks vapour rubs, plug ins, etc. you have to make sure it's a large room otherwise the smell can be too strong for babies and give them headaches with makes them crankier...that's why with the vapour rub they suggest it on the feet with socks over, the smell isn't as strong that way. Also, humidifiers are great to help break up mucus.

Beth - posted on 02/08/2009

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i was that mom who took her kid to the doctor FOR EVERYTHING! It usually doesn't change the situation... unless the fever gets over 101 I wouldn't worry too much about that my doctor said unless it's over 103 it's ok but i don't deal well with high fevers! he also said that if it's really bad like with coughing giving them a small dose of triaminic would be fine... i know a lot of people are against cold medicines but the main reason they took them off the shelves for babies is because too many people were not giving out correct doses... i would say if they don't show some improvement in a few days call your pediatician and tell them what's going on and see what they think you should do... colds usually just have to run their course even though it suck! hope this helped! and by the way they are adorable!

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Heather - posted on 02/09/2009

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The tylenol and motrin will just help the fever and any minor pain...the runny nose I would use benadryl. The cough is most likely caused by everything that is not coming out of their noses! It runs down their throat and causes them to cough to get it up and out. Benadryl should work great for them...it is an antihistamine which will dry them up but will also cause drowziness. That's about all I would do and follow the other girls...if the fever gets too high take them in but my rule of thumb is to let their little bodies try and fight it off that way their are less likely to get as many colds or at least not as severe later on.

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I would take them to the doctor.  We thought my daughter just had a bad cold and it was actually pneumonia.  I would go just in case.  Also to Jackie Knoebel not everyone agrees on the cold medicine.  It's been frustrating for many doctors.  I for one don't agree with the cold medicines being taken off the shelves.  If you actually read the directions and give the medicine correctly it is safe.  it is because some parents aren't able to do so that the medicine has been taken away.  Yes, medicine does not cure a cold, but that is true for adults too.  As an adult I take medicine when I have a cold so that I will feel better.  I wish I had the same option for my child.  I did have cold medicine for infants that I used even after it was taken off the shelves.  I wish I still had some.

Sara - posted on 02/09/2009

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baby vicks IS ok.....it does not have the menthol stuff in it. it is eucalyptus, aloe, rosemary, and lavender. if you're worried about a rash reaction....it can just be put on the onesie. more liquids is definitely a plus. good luck.

Jen - posted on 02/09/2009

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A humdifier works great for children with colds. Give Tylenol for the fever and motrin if the Tylenol doesn't work (although I have yet to give my 14 month old motrin). For the cough you can give 1/2 a tsp of regular childrens robitusin. Regular robitusin is the only one that doctors still say is "safe" for adults and children. My daughter also has a prescription of Albuterol for coughs. I'd also recommend going to the doctor just to make sure there's nothing else wrong with them. 

Cheryl - posted on 02/08/2009

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My little girl had her first cold right after new years. She was 7 months old at the time. I brought her to the doctor, and she checked for an ear infection, swollen glands, and her breathing. Everything was normal, so we were told it's just a common cold that should go away in about 7 days. I kept a hot steam vicks vaporizor in her room through the night, everynight, as well as rubbing baby vicks on her back and chest before bedtime. During the day all I did was try and keep her comfortable by aspirating her nose everytime it got stuffy. Also, I washed my hands regularly and often to stop the spread of germs. As the doctor said, it was gone in about 7 days. She hasn't been sick since *knock on wood*!!! You may want to go to your doctor though just to make sure it's only a cold.

Sara - posted on 02/08/2009

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humidifier for sure.....but make sure it is a cool mist humidifier. not a vaporizer. my daughter got a few colds, but we have a lot of issues with ear infections. so i've kinda become one of those mom's that runs to the pediatrician with every runny nose cause i don't want to end up with another ear infection. but if your girls aren't pulling at their ears or messing with them at all....i'd say just the cool mist and maybe some baby vicks on the chest, or back.

Christy - posted on 02/08/2009

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when my littles one are sick i was told to put vicks on their feet then put socks on,dont know what i does but it works, aswell as on their singlets not chest in case they have a reaction to the vicks. Aslo a vaporiser in their room on the floor near their beds.



hope they get better

Leaha - posted on 02/08/2009

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Yea, I agree the humidifier will be beneficial as well as Vicks makes a infant chest rub that would help at night. I'm not one to use medication for every little sniffle, but when they have a cough and you can tell they are congested, I now swear my childrens Musinex, and Dimeatap (sorry I'm not the greatest speller! lol) is always a great one for colds as well. Deffinately if the fever goes over 102 call your doc for advise. Otherwise, probably just a cold and they should be better in at least a week. The warm vapor baths work great too.

Megan - posted on 02/08/2009

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Try a Johnsons Vapor Bath and Vicks on the chest it helps calm them down and makes it easier to breath! Then Tylenol and Motrin and Lots of Love!

Andrea - posted on 02/08/2009

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My doctor told me the rule of thumb was to call if there was a fever or if you heard a wheeze or rattle in the chest. Sounds like you have the fever--so can't hurt to call. IN the mean time, it helps to elevate their cribs with a towell under the matress, make sure you have a humidfier on, and I have found that the johnson and johnson vapor bath is helpful as well. Hope they feel better soon!

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