my 6 month old son has a cold, but the doctor doesn't want to give him any medication. hes getting plenty of love and snuggles, but is there anything else i do to soothe him dry cough?

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User - posted on 12/18/2008

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Boiron also makes a cough syrup for little ones called Stodal. we've found it's worked well.

Shannon - posted on 12/18/2008

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Try putting Viks for children on his feet and then put socks on him. It really works and fast.

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Michelle - posted on 12/18/2008

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My 3 month old daughter actually had a cough for 4 weeks and is still slowly getting over it... the dr. told me the samething and that the only thing that you can really do is run a humidifier alot I didn't think that it was helping but she is finally getting over it slowly... They told me that you just have to let them go threw it and that there is nothing that you can do... its no fun when your baby is sick and coughing but they say until about a year you can't do anything.

Larissa - posted on 12/18/2008

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thank you moms for all the great advice, i certainly have some shopping to do.

Christine - posted on 12/18/2008

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it looks like you have a lot of good advice here. the humidifier is a great one, but my son had a cough that would not go away and i ask the doctor if he could put him on xopenex breathing treatments for awhile, because i didn't won't him to take antibotics unless he had a infection. if your son's cough continues ask his doctor about the breathing treatments if it is bad enough he may consider doing it.

Nicole - posted on 12/18/2008

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saline solution, nursing a lot, humidifier, and the vicks on the bottom of the feet does work, I'd use the baby vicks because the ingredients are a bit gentler. I would also only use it if the cough is dry and is not producing mucus. Keep in mind the symptoms of a cold (runny nose and cough) is the dead virus leaving the body so you don't want to suppress it.

User - posted on 12/18/2008

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cool mist humidifyer. CVS has one for $20. Lot's of fluids to move the mucous out. no OTC meds. It is a virus that might take a few days to kick. IF he runs a fever, take to doc as it could be bronchitis or pnuemonia...good luck

User - posted on 12/18/2008

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sit in the bathroom shut the door and leave hot tap running so it fills with steam and sit there with him for bout 5 mins and do that 3 times a day i found that helped my lil girl... hope that helps

Rachel - posted on 12/18/2008

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Vicks and the humidifier are great!!! However, just a word on the medication...you have to come to your own conclusion on the use of cold medicines. Most doctor's say it's just fine!

Colleen - posted on 12/18/2008

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omg we've had so many coughs &colds...for post-nasal drip: humidifier, vicks, hot steam from shower, sleeping propped up or even sleeping right side up against you while you are sitting down, warm diluted apple juice (i'd suggest honey but i think no honey for babies is a rule bc infant botulism). if it's getting to the point where no one is getting any sleep a few mLs of a medicine might be Rx'd by your doc (codeine & antihistamine combo) this suppresses the cough center and obv the antihistamine helps as well, it's not curing it's just to subdue the worst of it. If the cough goes longer than 7-10 days, or gets worse instead of better call the doc. if your son starts to have any trouble breathing go in Immediately.
Good luck and i hope your son feels better!

Hollie - posted on 12/18/2008

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Put Vicks on the chest and then put a warm wet wash cloth over the vicks. That always helped my little boy.

Robin - posted on 12/18/2008

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There is a Johnsons Eucoliptus rub tthat is safe for enfants as well as bath oil that I used to use on my son. I'd give a eucoliptus bath then put the rub on and keep the humidifier on in his bedroom.

Ashley - posted on 12/18/2008

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yes a humidifier, a cool mist would be best so that it doesn't get mildew on it, and they make vick's baby rub so its calmer than normal vick's that helps. And if he has a runny nose you need to suck it out with the green ball sucker thingy. And you can get the pedilite drink for him. Keep it cold for his throat. And if you monitor him, the popcicles would be great for his throat too. My daughter just got over that this week. Lots and lots of pedilite to make sure her elctrolites and stuff were up.

Brooke - posted on 12/18/2008

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The Vicks on the bottom of the feet and then putting socks on works really well....also the Vapor bath that they sell in a steamy bathroom works very well. They also sell Little Colds suckers that do not contain medicine and soothe a dry throat....my dr. told me that it was ok to give to my son. Unfortunately, his cold ended up turning to RSV this time and now he is on breathing treatments for a week. But those other things on normal colds work very well.

Tracey - posted on 12/18/2008

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My 7 month old just had the same problem last month. The dr. said humidifier in a smaller room w/ the door closed throughout the night. And a small amount of Vicks on the chest and some on the bottom of each foot. And you know what?? It works.

Jenifer - posted on 12/18/2008

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You could get him a humidifier for his room or turn on a hot steamy shower and sit in the bathroom with the door closed. Those have helped my kids before

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