A 20-year-old female asked:
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my 15mo old daughter is extremely congested to where she gags when she coughs. we don't have a humidifier, how else can i help her?

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Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Extra humidity: You don't need a humidifier to do extra humidity, which is by far the best thing for her. Boil water on your stove all day, go in the bathroom, close the door and turn on the shower and sit in there for 15-20 minutes every few hours. Use cheap saline drops (just salt water) to clean out her congested nose - she won't like it as you do it, but makes a huge difference after. Finally, lots of cuddles.
Answered on Feb 8, 2014
Dr. Manpreet Sarna
23 years experience Pediatrics
Sinus/ ear infection: Depends on how long it has been going on. Typically, it starts as a cold and infects sinuses or ears. She needs to be seen by a doctor and treated accordingly.
Answered on Feb 8, 2014

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