pneumonia

Shannon - posted on 11/28/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a 14 month old little girl. She had been feeling stuffy for a bit and last night got a high fever. I took her to the doctors and she has the start of pneumonia. We picked up some medication for her and I know the comon things like, cool bath to bring down fever, steamy room to loosen mucus and a couple other simple tips like this to help comfort her. But she is still SO miserable! Just wondering if anyone else has had a little one with pneumonia before and if they have any tips to help comfort my sick monkey that people wouldn't normally think of.

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Sarah - posted on 11/29/2008

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My son goes to daycare 4 days a week and consequently always has a chesty cold. I give him an infant cold-relieving medicine to dry his nose (there is debate whether these work or not, but for him it seems to), paracetemol and ibuprofen, a vaporisor to humidify his room. I take him out in the sun where I can also. We have this device that you stick into the opening of the nostril, occlude the other nostril and suck out the excess mucous so they can breath, sometimes more successful than others. The other thing I do when my boy is particularly chesty is to lie him on a pillow and pat his back to loosen the gunk in his chest.

Jackie - posted on 11/28/2008

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Hi there! I wanted to let you know of some things that have helped me. I am sure they put her on antibiotics... one thing you should do for that is to give her some yogurt so that she does not get a yeast infection as well. The antibiotics can sometimes do that.

Another thing, if the tylenol alone is not working, you might want to try alternating Motrin and Tylenol. That really seems to help my little ones. Also, one of the best medications that my doctor told me to give my child for so many different things was benedryl. Just make sure to get the right dose, which you would have to ask your doctor. But, at 1 month old, my oldest got a cold and that is what they told me to give him. He has been getting that ever since, and that is the one thing that gives him and my other son relief.

There is no miracle drug out there, but these things sure do help my little ones! My youngest son did have pneumonia at around that age. He was pretty miserable for at least one whole day, but then he started feeling better. I hope your little one gets relief soon!

Shannon - posted on 11/28/2008

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Thanks. My doctor said not a cool bath as in cold, but cool as in it is the temp it would normally be at when you are getting out of it. Tylenol has not been doing anything for her, tried last night and she was up most of it just right upset. Well I can only do what I can and hope her medication helps soon.Its just so frustrating, I have a 3 year old and a 4 year old as well and its hard to do everything for everyone when she wont even let me put her down because its the only keeping her happy. I guess like so mamy others moms out there Iwas hopinh for some mirical advise to make it better now, when thats just not the way life goes! hahah

Lynn - posted on 11/28/2008

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Just recently my daughter had a fever for a few days. She is 15 1/2 months. The first day was the worst, and I just gave her a regular temp bath. I read later on online that if you give babies a cool bath with a fever it may start a seizure. Scary! So, I wouldnt give a cool bath. Yeah, the steamy room is good- run the shower and sit in the bath room. I did that last year when E had a stuffy nose. It helps. But the biggest help for my daughters fever was baby tylenol. I never gave her the complete dosage, but it still worked on the fever. It overall made her act and feel better. So the first night she had the fever was the only night I gave her tylenol twice 4hour intervals. The next couple days it was just a high temp and she wasnt looking or feeling that bad. If your wondering I did call the doctors the 1st day and then after her fever went away because she started to get a rash. They said its from the fever.. a way to let the toxins out.. So the rash only lasted one whole day and it looked worse in the bath.. Anyway. I know how you feel... I didnt want to put E down when she was sick.. hehe.. I babied her, and thats what mama's do ;) Take care.

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