I know that all the OTC cough and cold remedies just got recalled. 7 month old son has a bad cold. His nose is runny, he is coughing and he is definitely not sleeping. No fever though. How can we find him some relief?
My 9 months old son just got over the flu. He got runny nose, stuffy nose, coughing, and high fever. We use the vaporizer, ocean saline drop for his stuffy nose, drink of alot of liquids to keep him from dehydrating and rest alot. That's how my son get well. Good luck .
What works for my 8 month old is a vaporizer (like the other poster said), saline drops, liquids and I also use Johnson and Johnson's vapo bath (it comes in a purple bottle). It doesn't get rid of a cold as fast as medicine would, but it definitely helps manage the symptoms.
I agree with all the other post I would try also rubbing some vicks vapor on the chest and place a napkin between the shirt and the vicks. It helps keep the vapor warm to the chest, it helps decongest the baby ...and the napkin also keeps the
babys cloth from getting that nasty smell on it.
I do all the suggestions the other poster's suggested, as well as a good snuggle in a dark bathroom with a really hot shower running. About 10 minutes in the make-shift sauna right before bedtime usually gets my daughter's nasal passages open enough for her to go to sleep, and the vaporizer (I use cold mist only due to bacteria that grows in warm mist ones) along with vicks on the chest keep her comfortable throughout the night for the most part.
Great suggestion about the napkin over the vicks though!! I never though of that!
My 7 month old son also has a really bad cough without a fever and i went to the store to get some vicks vapor pads for his tiny vaporizer. and nxt to the vaporizer stuff was this new infant vicks rub. Its kinda like the adult version but you can put in on your baby and it doesnt have as harsh of smell to it. i like it alot and it seems to be helping my son.
We do many of the same things already mentioned...vaporizer in the room, saline drops or spray in the nose, hot steamy bathroom to help loosen congestion and a cough. I have read you shouldn't use the regular Vick's rub on a baby's chest. Rather you should only use the infant rubs (these don't have menthol...they have eucalyptus and lavender instead), or use the Vick's plug-ins or something. Another thing we do is when I'm nursing I take echinacea and vitamin C so it gets to baby through my milk (plus it helps keep me from getting the cold as well). And we also use the Sweet Echinacea drops, which are for children (I get both online from seacoastvitamins.com). There are dosage instructions according to baby's weight so you can't get it wrong. This was recommended to me by my naturopath as safe, and I must say, it definitely seems to help shorten the length and severity of the colds and flu.
I had heard vick's wasn't recommended for kids, anymore, but I could easily be incorrect. Elderberry is a really great immune-booster, as well as echinacea. One thing that I do with my 19 month old is use Melaleuca oil in a steam inhalation with her. It's a specific type of tea tree oil that helps open up the nasal passages and also helps to kill off whatever may be lurking in there. It helps tremendously. There are many times I feel a sinus thing coming on, and after a few uses (3x/day,) it goes away! It can be used in a pot of boiling water or in a humidifier that accepts essential oils.
I always keep a humidifier in the room when sleeping - it helps so so so much when you wake up. Also, be sure to keep yourselves healthy too. Wash your hands and have your kids blow their noses with the anti-viral tissues (kleenex has some) that kill the viruses so they won't spread to you!
Say what you mean and mean what you say. - Dr. Seuss
Don't do Vick's vapor rub on anyone under the age of 2. It even says that on the the box. It can cause the baby's air passages to close which requires a hospital visit. There is a Vicks BABY rub but it doesn't relieve stuffy noses. But is DOES help them relax which is awesome!