What to do for the common cold for a 2 year old. No hot tea or soup. Help?

Dana - posted on 12/14/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have recently got a cold just a head cold and I am assuming my daughter Blair got the same thing. I keep my cold from going down in my chest by drinking hot tea and soup, no dairy and taking herbal supplements. What can I do for my little one. She is starting to cough and I am concerned. What do you do for the common cold? Or should I just make a doctors appointment?

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Gwen - posted on 12/17/2009

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we are going through the same thing. this is what i keep in my aresnal! :-) ---cool mist vaporizer, ibuprofen and/or tylenol (for fevers), benadryl (when her nose gets really runny), vicks vapor rub (for chest congestion), ear thermometer



personally, i wouldn't take her to the doctor unless she is wheezing, dehydrated or running high fevers. my sister-in-law is a nurse and says there are tons of viral cough/sore throat/fever things going around right now. if it's a virus, there's nothing the dr. can really do to treat it.

Katherine - posted on 12/14/2009

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i have a two year old too.. it really depends if the cough sounds constant it never hurts to double check with the doctors .. i usually just give mine temprah when she has a high fever but u cant really do much other than wait for the cold to pass .. make sure shes got her vitamin and plenty of water.. if anything i make some camomile tea and let it cool ,my daughter loves the camomile tea..

Gretchen - posted on 12/14/2009

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I agree with Katherine, you can't really do anything about it but you should double check with the doc just to make sure it isn't serious. . .my son loves camomile tea also and I put honey in it to give it a little sweeter taste, especially when he is sick, he just loves it, or I put chicken broth or the juice from a soup in a sippy cup, when my son gets a cold and he is coughing a lot at night i give him a spoonful of honey, because they don't really prescribe cold meds anymore, and I only do it at night so he can get some rest but during the day (if its not to bad) I try to let him cough it out
hope you guys feel better =)

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Christy - posted on 12/14/2009

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I found some childrens lollypops that were actually cough pops. There is also the frozen pops for coughs that work well. The thing that worked the best for congestion is a long warm vapor bath. Johnsons and Johnsons has a relaxing vapor bubble bath that I love! The other trick I learned for congestion is to rub vicks on the bottom of their feet before they go to bed. I know it sounds crazy, but it works for me. My son is 4 now and if he shows any sign of congestion he asks for his relaxing bath and for me to "rub" his feet.

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