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Billy has had this really bad cough at night. It's caused by mucus. Last night it was so bad that I slept in his nursery. Poor thing is exhausted in the mornings because he gets such bad sleep. Is there anything I can do besides using the humidifier? I have that runnign all night plus I got the VICKS waterless one going too.
Ben just got over a cold and was full of mucus. I gave him Dimetap cough and cold. I *know* they say no meds for children under 6 because they don't work, but I personally think that's hooey. I asked the pharmacist what to do for him and he said he gives his daughter (16 months) dimetap. I obviously don't give a full dose, just 1/4 of a tsp and it cleared him up enough so he could sleep. He was so snotty he couldn't breathe to nurse or sleep well at all. You can go to the Dr. sears website and he explains cold medicines and dosing for kids.
I hope Billy feels better soon. I hate when they get sick like this. Oh and ditto to what Paula said about the Vicks.
Yeah a few mothers overdosing their kids and mixing meds to put them to sleep ruined it for everyone. So now no one under 6 is supposed to take anything?? When a poor baby can't breathe he/she needs something. You can steam and vaporize and suck out all the mucus you want, but it won't dry it up like an antihistamine. You guys know I tend to always try the natural route, but when my baby can't sleep it's time to go the OTC med route.
And from my experience if u have a question about meds ask the pharmacist. They're the ones that truly know what works best AND the potential side effects etc etc.
I hope he feels better. Being mucousy at night is the worst!
I know Levi is still all over the place in his crib, but I know when I can't stop coughing sleeping with more pillows, so I'm kind of sitting up, helps. Laying on my back is the worst.
The vicks should definitely help, too. I put a few drops of eucalyptus oil with water in the inhalant part of our humidifier, which really helps clear ya out. It has the same effect as vicks. Is that what the dry humidifier is?
I'm sorry he is sick.. I hope he feels better soon..
If you want to avoid medications.. There are natural remedies you can give..
After the CDC released a warning in 2007 that cold and flu medicines should not be given to any children under the age of 2, more parents began looking to natural alternatives to comfort and heal their children without the very frightening risk of deadly side-effects or accidental overdoses.
Unfortunately, a lack of FDA regulation and unbiased studies have prevented most natural and herbal medicines from being studied in young children. Fortunately, however, one of the most powerful natural anti-flu remedies--black elderberry extract--has been confirmed to be safe in children of all ages.
Black elderberry extract is a concentrated juice derived from the berries of the black elderberry shrub. The flowers and berries of this amazing plant have been shown in numerous studies to have powerful anti-flu and anti-cold effects. Black elderberry extract works by both stimulating the immune system and by actively killing viruses that cause infection.
^-- You can find this in a health food store or the organic section in your local super market..
**Edit to add.. Black Elderberry works wonders in my family.. I use a different brand, called Gaia Herbs. Unfortunately, that brand is only recommend for 2 and up.. I can't wait to start giving some to A.J..
They do sell vicks baby rub.. Vicks never really helped A.J with his colds and chronic cough.. But I do hope it helps for you..
Last edited by Adriana's Mommy; February 17th, 2011 at 11:23 AM.