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Doctor insights on: 6 Month Old Baby Coughing At Night

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Any home made remedies for cough for a 6 month old baby?

Any home made remedies for cough for a 6 month old baby?

Steamy shower: The coughs in infants are very difficult to deal with. There are not any medicine over the counter recommended for under 2 years. Sometimes steaming up the shower stall and having your baby breath the warm mist is helpful. A humidifier or vaporizer may help also particularly in the winter. But i would see your pediatrician to see if its only a cold or some other cause. ...Read more

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6 month old baby with cough caught from her sister. No temp, still eating and drinking but cough started today. Should I take to dr?

6 month old baby with cough caught from her sister. No temp, still eating and drinking but cough started today. Should I take to dr?

When to be seen: Take your 6 month old in to been seen if she starts having cough with vomiting, wheezing, fever greater than 38 C or has decreased oral intake (liquids and solids). ...Read more

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Is it ok for my 6 month old baby to take ambroxol and amoxicilin for her cough?

Is it ok for my 6 month old baby to take ambroxol and amoxicilin for her cough?

Ambroxol: A safer approach is to use salt water nosed drops, a bulb syringe to suck out mucous from your baby's nose as well as using a vaporizer with the amoxicillen. ...Read more

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What can I give a 6 month old baby with a wet cough? have nebuliser her with saline and has a temp of 37.4 has coughed and thrown up from flem.

What can I give a 6 month old baby with a wet cough? have nebuliser her with saline and has a temp of 37.4 has coughed and thrown up from flem.

Mgt.: Please check the baby's temperature and provide nasal saline drops with gentle suction. Sometimes the mucus is swallowed and leads to vomiting. Continue to breast feed, and please see your PCP.
If there is a fever, please see acute care. ...Read more

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Can my 6 month old baby use cold and cough syrup if so what do u recommend for him concerned mother

Can my 6 month old baby use cold and cough syrup if so what do u recommend for him concerned mother

I wouldn't: The nasal & airway structure of young infants is quite different from older kids or adults. Studies have shown no benefit of cough/cold preparations to kids under 6. They also reflect a large number of ER visits and poison control calls from these meds. If you need something to do, keep track of fluid intake.That is more important overall & more likely to help baby. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has a cold with a very deep cough he wakes up crying everytime he coughs i've given him neurofen and panadol (acetaminophen) he has no temperature?

My 6 month old baby has a cold with a very deep cough he wakes up crying everytime he coughs i've given him neurofen and panadol (acetaminophen) he has no temperature?

URI: Coughing while sleeping is very common in infants. The nasal secretions drip to the back of the throat, causing a cough. As long as there is no persistent difficulty breathing your child should be fine. No over-the-counter medications are recommended for this. You can try to use a bulb suction and nasal saline prior to feeds if your child begins to eat less. ...Read more

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How do you treat a croup cough in a six month old baby?

How do you treat a croup cough in a six month old baby?

If mild: Croup is usually mild illness managed at home. Help with cool m​ist, placing child near vaporizerI if you do not have a cool mist vaporizer, even a simple humidifier in child’s bedroom may be helpful. Seek ER if cool mist not clearing up stridor in 15 minutes, repeated episodes of stridor or trouble breathing child’s chest or stomach retracting, bluish lips,lethargy,drooling,neck pain,stiffness ...Read more

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How often can I give my 6 month old infant glycerol? She's over 8kgs and hasn't had a proper bm in a few days I gave her glycerol yesterday

How often can I give my 6 month old infant glycerol? She's over 8kgs and hasn't had a proper bm in a few days I gave her glycerol yesterday

Constipation?: I'm assuming that you mean glycerin suppositories for constipation. Every once in a while these are ok to give. If you are giving one every few days you should try and figure out how to relieve the constipation. Likely you have started some solids by now. Consider giving a small amount of undiluted fruit juice 2-4 oz or a smushed up fresh fruit. Just stay away from bananas. ...Read more

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6 month old grandson has infant nystmus can this be caused by ranadine he took for acid reflux?

6 month old grandson has infant nystmus can this be caused by ranadine he took for acid reflux?

Unlikely!: Nystagmus is unlikely to be caused by ranitidine. It could be congenital meaning present since birth or acquired later due to several causes. He needs to be seen by a pediatric optjomologist and may be a pediatric neurologist also. You have to rule out vision problem and neurological problems. ...Read more

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Used lotion on hands. I have 6 month old daughter. She just licked my hands. I then saw the lotion contains honey. Is she at risk for infant botulism?

Used lotion on hands. I have 6 month old daughter. She just licked my hands. I then saw the lotion contains honey. Is she at risk for infant botulism?

Infant botulism: I am sure honey is a small component in your lotion so not a risk but contact Poison control if she ingested a large quantity ...Read more

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Can a six femur bone sorial fracture happen without abuse in a 6 month old infant?

Can a six femur bone sorial fracture happen without abuse in a 6 month old infant?

Unlikely: Spiral fractures in an infant are abuse until proven otherwise. They require a twisting force that the baby cannot do to themselves in any fashion. ...Read more

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Dosage of Bromfed (brompheniramine) for 14 lb infant? Ped prescribed my 10 month old Bromfed (brompheniramine) for her cough: dose is 1/2 tspn/4hrs. Def not the right dose for her.

Dosage of Bromfed (brompheniramine) for 14 lb infant? Ped prescribed my 10 month old Bromfed (brompheniramine) for her cough:  dose is 1/2 tspn/4hrs. Def not the right dose for her.

See below: Per fda recs, no otc meds for kids under 4 year old let alone under 1 year of age! and as per these meds for your infant, i can't understand why your doc would do this period! cough meds are not beneficial especially in and infant and can, in fact, cause problems like increase the risk of developing a pneumonia. I would stop the med immediately! ...Read more

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My 5 month old has a really bad cough. I took him to his pediatrician. The doctor said nothing is wrong. How do you get rid of an infant cough?

My 5 month old has a really bad cough. I took him to his pediatrician. The doctor said nothing is wrong. How do you get rid of an infant cough?

Many things help: You can put a humidifier in the room (cool mist is best), raise the head of the crib a few inches, and a number of other things depending on what the cause is. Problems in babies can look different from one day to the next. If there is trouble breathing, poor feeding, irritability or fever, see your pediatrician again. ...Read more

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Are there flu shots that are safe and recommended for a six month old infant?

Are there flu shots that are safe and recommended for a six month old infant?

Yes.: Yes. Not only is it available, but highly recommended . The first time your baby is immunized, two doses will be required. Only one dose in all subsequent years. ...Read more

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Our six month old infant is teething. Baby paracetamol (calpol) provides definite relief. The insert says we can give it to him up to 4 times per day. But for how long can we do this safely? 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month?

Our six month old infant is teething. Baby paracetamol (calpol) provides definite relief. The insert says we can give it to him up to 4 times per day. But for how long can we do this safely? 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month?

Teething is normal: This is another name for acetaminophen and it is a mild analgesic only. It is OK to use this infrequently. Acetaminophen has its own drawbacks and that can be looked-up online. Try to let your child chew on a cold clean rag or something, it helps. This will come and go and they will get through this, and so will you!! ...Read more

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How can I help my 6 month old baby, if she is coughing on and off all this week?

How can I help my 6 month old baby, if she is coughing on and off all this week?

Cuddling: Sounds like your baby is a bit sick- usually coughs are due to viruses so antibiotics won't help. For congestion bring baby into a warm steamy bathroom, saline drops in the nose, bulb suction out mucus, humidification at night, feed frequently to stay hydrated. Go to dr if baby has difficulty breathing, is wheezing, or has a high pitched sound during cough or crying. ...Read more

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6 month old baby boy has stuffy nose and cold and not coughing though his tone has changed coz of this.not sure if he has sore throat.suggestions pls?

6 month old baby boy has stuffy nose and cold and not coughing though his tone has  changed coz of this.not sure if he has sore throat.suggestions pls?

Nasal congestion: A 6 month old baby with stuffy nose swallows his mucus from the nose, and sometimes the tissues around the vocal cords (voice box) swells a little, causing a change in his voice. Not really a sore throat. See this: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/ear-nose-throat/Pages/Children-and-Colds.aspx ...Read more

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Infant is 12 weeks old.. Affected by cold n cough.. Have got appointment by doctor for vaccination. .. Baby is active.. Can it withstand for vaccinati?

Infant is 12 weeks old.. Affected by cold n cough.. Have got appointment by doctor for vaccination. .. Baby is active.. Can it withstand for vaccinati?

Doctor to decide: The doctor will evaluate the child and determine if the child should or should not have the immunizations that day. If you have concerns discuss them with the doctor. ...Read more

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Is there a recommended cough and cold medicine for a 6 week old infant? Dosage? My son does not have a medical card yet and I have no money to pay for a prescription from a doctor

Is there a recommended cough and cold medicine for a 6 week old infant? Dosage? My son does not have a medical card yet and I have no money to pay for a prescription from a doctor

Dont use meds: Steam up your bathroom and sit in the steam.Use saline nose drops every 4-6 hours.If the cough gets worse with poor feeding take the baby to the emergency room.Do not smoke around the baby. ...Read more

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What is the safest temp for my 6 month old baby's room during the day and night should be ?

What is the safest temp for my 6 month old baby's room during the day and night should be ?

Upper 60's: Too warm can be bad for a baby - they can overhear rather easily. 68 degrees is a very nice setting for sleep, as just a tiny litle drop in body temperature by a couple of tenths of a degree promotes falling asleep and release of sleep hormones. Babies will cry if they are chilly, but will usualy not fuss if too warm - so it's best to be just a bit cooler. ...Read more

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Hi doc . Why ismy 6 month old baby shaking his head and not sleeping properly at night.

Hi doc . Why ismy 6 month old baby shaking his head and  not sleeping properly at night.

Teething: Your baby may be teething and the teehing process may be causing him pain andshaking his head may be hisway ot trying to get comfortable. Teething would also disrupt his sleep pattern. However, discuss the problem with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can a 6 month old baby have night terror? My baby has been crying in his sleep during the night, without opening the eyes, what can I do?

Can a 6 month old baby have night terror? My baby has been crying in his sleep during the night, without opening the eyes, what can I do?

Separation anxiety: Does your baby cry or show displeasure when she loses sight of you? Does she do the same thing when somebody else picks her up and sees you away from her? If you answered yes, she is starting to show separation anxiety which usually appears at this age. These episodes are repeated in her sleep and cause her to cry. Just do nothing and ignore her crying. She will grow out of it in about 6 months. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has been nose congested for 3 months now & snores at night, tried humidifier, saline drops, is it allegies? Can he take decongestant?

My 6 month old baby has been nose congested for 3 months now & snores at night, tried humidifier, saline drops, is it allegies? Can he take decongestant?

Not the best: Over the counter cold medicines are no longer recommended for children, because studies have not shown that they really help, and they often cause side effects. You should see your child's doctor to figure this out since it has lasted so long. It would be unusual to have this much trouble with allergies so young but there is a simple ige blood test to check for allergies. ...Read more

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My baby 6 month old has cough week ago and still it is productive cough with no symptoms he eat well and happy I do not see any sputum i just hear it?

My baby 6 month old has cough week ago and still it is productive cough with no symptoms he eat well and happy I do not see any sputum i just hear it?

6 months old : With productive cough should not be a concern unless your baby is not eating nor drinking. It is good your baby is coughing it up - the mucus. Consult with your pediatrician if your baby developed fever, labored breathing , retracting, wheezing , fussy , restless and cough had worsened ...Read more

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My baby 6 month old has cough week ago and still it is productive cough with no symptoms he eat well and happy I do not see any sputum i just hear it?

My baby 6 month old has cough week ago and still it is productive cough with no symptoms he eat well and happy I do not see any sputum i just hear it?

Sick baby: Your baby is probably fine, but if you have any significant questions about its health the best thing to do would be to have them seen by a pediatrician. Always better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Have a 6 month old baby with temp of 39.8?

Have a 6 month old baby with temp of  39.8?

FEVER: 39.8c means 103.6f. Most fevers at this age are viral. The associated symptoms can be runny nose, cough, poor oral intake. Give a fever reducer when it is 101 f or above. If only fever with no other symptoms, UTI or other causes need to be ruled out. Take baby to the pediatrician for an exam. Make sure s/he drinks enough fluid. ...Read more

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Why is my 6 month old baby so fussy?

Why is my 6 month old baby so fussy?

Fussy Baby: I would love to help you with your baby but need more information. Check diaper, hunger, for fever, for pain. If all else fails take baby for a car ride in car seat of course. ...Read more

Nocturnal (Definition)

This term is used to note that something ...Read more