Whats the best way to help a 5 month old with chest congestion?

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My 5 month old daughter has gotten her first cold. She's been suffering with it for almost 7 days. We put the humidifier in her room at night and it helps a little but was wondering if anyone out there knows something else that might work. She's very weezy when she breaths and is still eating and happy.


Nicole - posted on 05/14/2010




I have a 5 year old and a 5 month old. My 5 year old is constatnly sick and my 5 month old has been catching all the school germs the older one catches. When they start to get congested I found a massage oil by California Baby. It is an all natural remedy and it works great! It is called Cold & Flu Massage Oil. I also use the Cold & Flu aromatherapy Mist. This is just something that you can either spray on their shoulders and back an leave it. You can also use it on the bedding and in the air and it kills germs that are in the air! We love it and you don't have to worry about it being poisonous or anything like that and no chemicals!!!

Karena - posted on 01/21/2013




eucalyptus oil is great in a humidifer a drop will have the room smelling like vicks and start to clear up justa small drop since that oil is very strong in ample amounts.

Tameka - posted on 05/16/2010




Hi Venessa,
When my girls get sick I use baby Vicks (much milder to the skin and less smelly) on their feet to stop them coughing. I also make sure they sleep with their head raised higher than their chest to help drain any fluid build up during the night. The best way to do this is to evenly raise the legs of the cot (crib) at the head with a brick or something else large and strong. The docs here in Australia (not sure about any where else) always tell me that the common cold needs common sense to treat it. For babies and small children, take them to the doctor if you are at all worried or the cough has been going on longer than two weeks. If the cough has been going on for two weeks or more, whooping cough needs to be ruled out.

My eldest had a cough last year that lasted 4 1/2 months. It started when the weather turned cold and cleared up when it finally got warmer. She is perfectly fine, she just had a persistent cough.

Christy - posted on 05/11/2010




You might get some Vicks for babies and try rubbing that on the chest and/or feet (make sure you get the area covered up with jammies or clothing, so baby can't get their hands in it and ingest). Good luck!

Susan - posted on 02/23/2013




Sorry Vanessa I didn't read thiose messages already posted. I didn't know about Baby Vic's. I'm speaking from acient history. My five kids range in age from 40 to 50 yrs old. Still tried and true remedies though!


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Holly - posted on 05/16/2010




Ella is the same way... we did the humidifier in her room as well. We do the nose suckie, when she sounds stuffy, but she HATES the smell of vicks so we are just coping the best way we can. But like yours she is eating and Happy sooo... if you find something else that works let me know!!

Julie - posted on 05/15/2010




Have you called your dr? My five month old has had a cough for the last couple of weeks, but, like you, he is eating and happy. I got concerned because his cough went from a dry cough to one that was quite phlegmy...anyway- when I called the dr, they told me that they did not need to see him unless he was wheezy- You mention that she is very wheezy, so I would call the dr about that.

Of course- I am a first time mom, so other people's advice is likely better. I have tried very hard not to be that "guy" that calls the dr. about the slightest thing, but I think wheezing might warrant that call...

Krystal - posted on 05/14/2010




also keep her nasal passages moisturized... they have a baby saline mist that you just squirt and let go. If she starts coughing and her throat gets dry my pediatrician said to go ahead and give them 1 oz of Pedialyte to keep her throat rinsed and not irritated.

Nicole - posted on 05/14/2010




I would try putting your daughter in a bouncer in the bathroom while you take a shower, the steam will help clear the congestion.

Stephanie - posted on 05/12/2010




along with baby vicks, also try a vapor bath. You can buy it at Walmart in the baby section with all the lotions and stuff. Its really helped my son, along with my nephew & niece with their congestion.

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