can anyone give me some ideas on how to help get rid of my lil bots cough. hes 18 months and i have tried different syrups to sort it but nothing works. i have taken him to the doctor to see if he can recomend anything but he just says buy over the counter medicines which i have tried. he has been coughing so much and so forcfully that he has burst a load of blood vessels in his face, which even tho they will disapear d not look nice xx

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Donalddeal53 - posted on 01/14/2017

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I agree about the Vicks vapo-rub on the feet. I am a mom and grandma(lots of Kidd and grandkids) and today I just told my son to try it with my grandson.

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User - posted on 02/05/2009

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My son had a bad dry cough for some time. My pediatrician referred me to have some tests and to a specialist. He was having asthmatic type symptoms and a horrible cough. They put him on the nebulizer with albuterol 4 times a day ..It helped him so much. In the meantime my pediatrician didnt believe in the OTC cough and cold meds. he said at that age you have to let it take its course or use some natiural home remedies. I put a cold mist vaporizer(has to be cool mist) not hot. I used the vicks vapo plug ins, and baby vicks on his chest, back and neck..then good old fashioned Caro (karo) syrup and lemon juice to soothe the cough and throat..Believe it or not it worked...He has outgrown the asthmatic symptoms thankfully...It wa smore of a bronchial thing that just needed soem extra care and treatment.

Emgee - posted on 02/05/2009

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Hi Julia,

Whenever my daughter has a cold, to prevent the cough that always follows, I immediately put VICKS on her chest, back and throat. Also, I turn on a vaporizer all day and night. Whenever, the cough is becoming serious and mucus is developing, we do the old ways trick, which is grinding leaves of bittermelon (we can only find these in asian/filipino store and it is frozen) or you can try oregano leaves instead, and drain it and have the child drink the liquid. I know it tastes terrible for the children, however, it makes them vomit to extract the mucus.

Doreen - posted on 02/05/2009

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Hi Julia,

First check if his sinuses are ok. if he's congested or has a runny nose his cough could be from that. you would need to treat his sinuses and the cough will disappear. I had this with my daughter before and my friend's son too. maybe the mucus is going to his throat and irritating it. if not, i rub a mix of olive oil and oregano oil on the sole of his feet to strenghten his immune system and also eucalyptus essential oil and sage essential oil mixed with olive oil or jojoba oil as a carrier, on his chest. it really feels good. otherwise, i make my kids drink a tea of anise seed, mullein flower, licorice root and marshmallow root. Also, as a very potent natural antibiotic, i buy the children version of echinacea and goldenseal and give it to them. Lastly you can try homeopathic remedies for cough and sinus, they are all pretty good.

Kristie - posted on 02/05/2009

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My daughter has been coughing a lot too. Our doctor just told us that in the state of Michigan there are many cases of whooping cough going around. Even though the tdap vaccine is supposed to take care of the problem it's not working on some children. She doesn't have whooping cough, however, you may want to check this out. Also the Vicks Vapor Rub on the feet works great! I couldn't believe that it helped almost instantly.

Billy - posted on 02/04/2009

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subutimal would be that inhaler and that one is just for emergencies it does not help for everyday use. he may need an everyday inhaler. my daughter had a lot of problems last year with bronichitis and neumonia and i had to demand the doc to send her to a specialist and she is now on an everyday inhaler call qvar and it has help her tremendously. also look into alergies cause even a mild milk alergy can cause that too.

Julia - posted on 02/04/2009

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yeah he had acough like this around this time last year. it eventually had him in hospital with breathing problems, which was down to croup and also chest infection at the same time. he had steroid medicine there and an atrovent inhaler with chamber, then he was prescribed a stronger 1 from doc, cant remember the name but it begins with letter s.



normally that is enough to his kick his chest probs. but this time nothing is working, and as i said cough is building up the pressure and burstin blood vessels x

Billy - posted on 02/04/2009

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get in to see a pediatric specialist, it could be something as simple as some kind of alergy or it could be a bit bigger like asthma.

Kim - posted on 02/04/2009

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My little girl had a bad cough for almost a month and I had a friend tell me about putting Vicks on the bottom of her feet at night. Sounds weird but trust me it works. be liberal with it and put socks on him to keep it on his feet and it should help. I also put a vaporizer in her room with the Vicks stuff and it helps too.

Carolyn - posted on 02/04/2009

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My 18 month old son goes to daycare two times a week, and he has had a cold for over a month straight! Plus he has had a terrible cough (that I also hear from many kids walking in daycare). My Doc doesn't seem worried about it as long as there isn't a fever with it, so I'm trying not to worry. We put a cold mist humidifier in his room and that seems to help (as does making sure his nose is clear even though he hates his face wiped).

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I can't believe your doc said to give OTC cold medicine to a child under 2. The FDA is now recommending NO cold meds for kids under 4 due to a lot of recent reactions. Not trying to scare you, just puzzled, that's all.



Try running a very hot bath or shower and sit in the bathroom with your little one and let him soak in the steam for about 20 minutes. That should help loosen up the congestion and get things moving.



Our little boy developed a really bad cough and ended up being diagnosed with bronchiolitis. They gave him an inhaler that we would use in the morning and then again before we went to bed. It has a special tube attached so they can inhale the medicine easier.



You might try a vaporizer in his room at night too.  We used one of the Vicks vaporizers as well. It's like a plug-in air freshener only instead of fragrance, it disperses Vicks medicine through a little pad. His room will smell like cough drops, but maybe that will help too!



Good luck. Sick little ones are so sad! I hope he's feeling better soon!

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