What can you give a 1 year old for a cough?

Krystal - posted on 07/06/2011 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 20 months. She is just getting over a cold, but still has a bad cough. Nothing serious but it keeps her up at night. Is there anything I can give her?

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User - posted on 09/19/2012

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Last night " i guess" my daughter was hungry that I gave her milk to much that doesn't make she full she cried so much that her milk throw out next morning her throat r getting bad I'm worry that she will get asthma n I went to target bought the cough syrup for her but when she fall asleep start coughing I made warm water with honey she loving it now she sleepin so well also turn on humidifier I hope my daughter get better tomorrow morning...

Eilizabeth - posted on 07/09/2011

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I would try Little Remedies. They're products are the safest on the market. I trust them with my two!

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Vicks on the feet and then add socks. I've always done this with my kiddos when they're sick and it seems to do the trick. Keeps them feeling warm and cozy:)

Karyn - posted on 06/13/2012

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i have just been through same thing with my 1 year old daughter my mum suggested baby balsam which is baby vicks on chest and neck then give them dummy with honey on it

Katie Pearl - posted on 07/06/2011

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Have you tried vicks baby rub... My pediatrician recommended it to me when my son had a cough... it says 2yrs and up but he said it would be ok... Also try a cool mist humidifier... also my son likes to chew on a warm washcloth and the warmth seems to help calm his throat... hope this helps...good luck... xoxo



p.s. my son is around the same age as your daughter... try not to give her alot of milk in the evening... Milk tends to thicken saliva and mucus ... Water water water... and maybe some pedialite or some 100% sugar free juice cut with water in the evenings as a substitute... When I have to do that I try to make sure Martigan has a full dinner and if he doesn't eat much I try to give him a few healthy snacks b4 bed... nothing scratchy like crackers though... anyways hope this helps... xx

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Fabienne - posted on 06/22/2012

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Hi,
I think you should consider seeing a doctor with her. Do you have anyone with asthma in the family? If yes, it could be one fo asthma presentation, cold that never ends and waking up the child during nigth. while waiting you can try humidifier and vicks. They work pretty well. But it is good to know if your child has only a cold or more. If it is asthma, she can have medicine that could help prevent her to have cold so frequently!
Good luck!

Katherine - posted on 08/15/2011

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All natural products work the best in my opinion. I've got a website for all natural, chemical free products for kids and adults. Email me if you want to know more, my email address is kt_girl69@yahoo.com

Chandra - posted on 08/03/2011

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I give my son honey. He does very well with it and it helps so much.

Megan - posted on 07/30/2011

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yes you can buy lemon honey at the supermarket melt it in warm water or milk if you would prefer a good natural way to help poor little thing

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baby vicks. Its all natural ingredients....funny, i just got some today for my daughters cough.

Tina - posted on 07/13/2011

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Steamimg up the bathroom does help but a plus to add to that is put vicks on the bottom of the shower and turn it up as hot as itll go and the vicks gets in the air with the steam

Keri - posted on 07/10/2011

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most medicines aren't rated for children under 2, so you really need to talk to a doctor before taking any other advice. Between dealing with a simple cough and heading to the ER for an overdose, I pick sweating out the cough. But again - like all of the commercials say - check with your doctor!

Celissa - posted on 07/09/2011

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That's what I thought too. The doctor we seen that day wasn't Jace's normal pediatrician. It seems like his normal doctor told me it would help when he was sick a previous time. I used one anyway. I thought it helped. He may have told me that though, because Jace wasn't congested. It was a viral infection without any chest congestion, so there wasn't really anything he was trying to cough up. That's all I can figure.

Callie - posted on 07/09/2011

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Celissa, that's weird that your doc said humidifiers don't help. When my daughter was hospitalized (couldn't cough the gunk out of her lungs) our ped, the ped at the hospital and the respiratory therapist told us to use a humidifier at home because it would help 'loosen' the mucus in her chest.

Celissa - posted on 07/09/2011

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You're not supposed to give them anything, herbal included. All the 'herbal' remedies you can buy are not usually really herbal at all. That came from my doctor when I tried to do the same thing. We give Jace honey in warm water. He really loves it and it helps. They recommend not giving Vicks to toddlers anymore, and vaporizers aren't supposed to help, says my doctor. I think the vaporizers do help though, personally. They don't do any additional harm so it would be worth a try.

Emma - posted on 07/08/2011

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My son is 20mths old too. They can't have normal cough medicine, but I give him a herbal blend from a healthfood shop. It works a treat! It is a chinese blend with the word 'COUGH' on the front, about $15. He also has vicks on his chest and a humidifier with a vicks solution in it at night.

Chyna - posted on 07/08/2011

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Give her fresh air or a cool mist humidifier for ten to fifteen mins ever four to six hours as needed

Brittney - posted on 07/08/2011

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Baby Vicks on her chest and bottoms of her feet with socks on them :)

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I agree with callie!! Steam up the bathroom and let her sit in there for five or ten minutes. She maybe 20mos but how much does she weigh..medicine is given on weight and age not just age. Finding local honey will help with cough and can help with allergies. Keep her head elevated during the night.

Callie - posted on 07/08/2011

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Just want to mention that cough suppressants can actually make things worse. She's coughing because she's trying to remove mucus from her lungs and if you give a suppressant the mucus won't be coughed out of her lungs and she could get an infection or begin to have difficulties breathing. My daughter was hospitalized twice this winter because she couldn't cough the gunk out of her chest (without giving a suppressant) and it made her breathing shallow and lowered her oxygen saturation. Warm moist air (ie humidifier or warm bath) will help loosen the mucus so she can cough it out.

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There is an over the counter cough syrup made from honey that is for 12+ months. It is zarbee's all-natural children's cough syrup. It is made from dark honey so it's not really the best tasting, but it you can actually get your little one to swallow it...it does work! my son generally thought i was trying to poison him since he was too young to understand it would make him feel better. I've actually only seen this stuff sold at Walgreen's pharmacy, so depending on where you live it may or may not be available where you are.

Claire - posted on 07/08/2011

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Try Prospan Cough mixture- it is homeopathic and there is no limit to how long you can give it- it also can be given to really young babies. A humidifier is a definite :) Good luck!

Katie - posted on 07/08/2011

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Also would like to add that when my son was around 15 months, he had a bad cough and his pediatrician said that I could give him a little dose of Benedryl to help clear the congestion. It worked wonders for him. Of course I'd recommend talking to your child's pedi. first, but just saying that if it gets bad enough, I'd definitely ask!

Jessyca - posted on 07/08/2011

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well my son is 15 months and really there isnt over the counter stuff for that young its hard to find medication for younger than the age of 4 now but if its really a bad cough im sure your pediatrician can prescribe her some cough medicine that probably the safest way to go about it.

Katie - posted on 07/08/2011

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Sounds weird, but I've heard that Vick's (even baby Vick's) should not be put directly on the skin, so I always put it low on my son's PJ's. (It has never left a stain)



Also, Johnson & Johnson makes a bath time vaporizer that you add to bathwater...It smells like Vick's and along with the steamy bathroom, it seemed to help my son.

Jodi - posted on 07/08/2011

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Emma, I never heard that one before!!! It really works?

I would suggest trying a vaporiser in her room at night. We still do this with my daughter every winter, and she is 6. She tends to develop a bit of a cough whenever she gets the snuffles, and the combination of the vaporiser and the vicks on her chest is awesome.

Callie - posted on 07/07/2011

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Honey should help sooth his throat and lessen the coughing. Using a humidifier in her room also will help. You can also put a pillow under one side of the mattress to elevate her head, it will keep any drainage to a minimum and help reduce coughing. We also use baby vicks rub. All those things were suggested to by our pedi when my daughter was having breathing issues this winter.

Lyndsey - posted on 07/07/2011

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My son is almost 2 and I too use the baby vicks etc but for his cough we use a small amount of butter mixed with sugar to coat his throat or our pediatrican recomended a teaspoon of honey every couple hours or so. My son loves it and its a natural remedy as opposed to store bought? More healthy and less expensive :) hope this helps!

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