I have a 12 old month boy who has a horrible cough.. i can hear the flem all in his little chest when he coughs, in past dr's visit they always tell me to let these things run their course. Any suggestions on what can make my little one feel better?

Lina - posted on 04/16/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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is been a couple of days 4-5. You can hear he is stuffed up at night when he is sleeping. I just want to make it easier for him.

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Leanne - posted on 04/18/2009

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Have you tried using a vapouriser in his room while he sleeps.I know it works on my 2yrold.It opens all their airways and seems to soothe their cough.Nothing worse when they cough.My 2yrold just got rid of hers which she had for 2 weeks,unfortunately the cold weather is coming which dosent help.l put vicks on chest,back and under feet with socks on and it all helps my little one.You sometimes just have to let it run its course.Hopefully it clears soon for your 1 yrold.

Cassie - posted on 04/17/2009

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My 2 month old just got over a bad cough and flem in tis chest. I also took him to the doctor a couple of times. They told me to elevate his mattress on one side, to use a humidifyer or a vaporizer to help loosen the flem, and they told me when my 19 month old got it to use honey and lemon to help loosen the flem.

Deanna - posted on 04/19/2009

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Don't worry about what the doctors will say if you're worried enough to bring him in. With DS2 I took him to the doctor and the ER and they told me he was fine, let it run it's course, keep suctioning out his nose. He was throwing up flem like something out of a poltergiest movie and he could barely breathe. By the second trip to the ER in 2 days, he was in reperatory arrest (he had RSV). It's better to be a worried mom harrassing the doctors than to let it go. Sorry, still a little peeved about that one.

To help break up a cough, you can pat him on the back like if you were burping him. Also, keep his nose suctioned out to keep his sinuses from draining into his lungs. I also found that sometimes it helps them breathe better if they aren't laying flat. You could try laying with him in a recliner. A humidifier should help too, or sit in the bathroom with the shower on. Unfortunately, most things just need to run their course.

Raquel - posted on 04/17/2009

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What works for me is a vaporizer and I add a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil that I bought at a Health Food Store. It's incredible how it worked for my girls (twins). When they got sick I had a routine every nite, I used the nose suction, put saline drops, rubbed their chest with Vicks vapor rub (the one made for babies) and the vaporizer with the Eucalyptus. They always slept soundly. Good Luck

Matt Amanda - posted on 04/16/2009

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Try using the Calpol Vaporiser in his room at night. You can buy them in boots and it just plugs in and sends a vapour round the room. I have a 23 month old daughter and she suffered really bad when she was about 12 months and I bought one of these and its worked a treat.

Love Amanda

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Ryann - posted on 04/19/2009

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My daughter had a bad cough that the doctor wanted to pass off i check online and it ended up being croup so make sure it's nothing serious first. Also take him into the bathroom while the shower is on hot water the steam will loosen the congestion make sure he is only in a diaper or onsie so he doesn't get to hot 10 minutes in there should help for a while.

Lina - posted on 04/19/2009

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thank you all for your comments..i will make sure to use all your usefull info =0)

Amber - posted on 04/16/2009

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I have now been through this with both of my children my son got RSV at about 16 months and has contiuesly coughed ever since we are five months now after two months our doctor put him on a breathing treatment to help open his airways.  They say the night time is the worst because their lungs don't fully inflate in their sleep.  Home remedies a humidifier and vicks vapor rub might help alot....  Also it is spring and it could be allergy related

Sam - posted on 04/16/2009

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my 8 month old daughter has seemed "chesty" for months. I took her to the doctors 3 times and they told me there was no problems with her breathing, lungs etc. She then got a chest infection just before christmas last year and i took her to the hospital where they explained that a high percent of babies are born with smaller airways. Maybe thats it?? hope it helps!

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