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Does an infant with a staccato cough coughs a lot during a day or it can happen just once a day? Does the baby coughs a lot and always or?
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
On their back: Sleeping on the back with the head slightly elevated. You can use a folded towel underneath the head end of the mattress (not directly under the baby's head like a pillow.). ...Read more
To avoid death: The newborn will not develop protective antibodies to whooping cough if immunized at birth & maternal antibodies are usually weak. However, it begins to have that ability by 6-8 weeks when the first vaccine is given. Whooping cough fatalities are >60% in infants under 6 months of age. The young can develop progressive respiratory distress & cough hard enough to have a stroke. You shouldn't wait. ...Read more
To avoid death: Antibodies derived from mom during pregnancy are thought to interfere with a babies ability to make active antibodies before 6-8 weeks when we start most vaccines. The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is started at 6-8 wks to start building protection. Pertussis is most deadly to infants. More than 60% of fatalities are under 6 months of age and 80% under a year. ...Read more
Not much...: Cough and cold medications are no longer available for children under the age of 4 yrs. Most were not very helpful anyways. For kids over 1 yr old, a spoonful of honey works well to quell the tickle in your throat effect of a cold. Hot steam, like sitting in a shower, can get snot to drain out and thus decrease coughing. If severe, or there is difficulty breathing, consult your doc asap. ...Read more
See below: From my point of view as an allopathic physician, I don't recommend any otc meds except tylenol (acetaminophen) for infant. The I don't know if there have been any controlled studies looking at the efficacy and safety of the ingredients in hylands 4 kids cold and cough, therefore, I can't say whether they are safe. ...Read more
See Doctor Now: Your infant's age is unknown. Similasan is a homeopathic drug therefore its safety, effectiveness & side-effect profile are unconfirmed which makes this an unacceptable choice for any infant. Cough is highly associated with infection in an infant until proven otherwise & treating a cough without knowing the cause can lead to pneumonia in infants. See your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment ...Read more
Cough syrup, Nosal drop and steam are not affecting much for my 1 month infant, can I give him nebulizer with saline water.
? irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages exposure to dust, fragrances, smoke & other irritants. This often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & SUCTIONING the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. Cough syrups make them worse. Nasal drops without suction are a waste of time. ...Read more
My two and half month baby has muscus in his chest and cough. Doc prescribe me mucum syrup. Is it good for young babies? M giving him
No OTC medication: For common colds The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) does not recommend cough and colds medicine for children younger than 4 years of age. FDA even go further. No cough and cold medicine for children younger 6 years of age. Also no antibiotics too. Expect course of common colds in infant can last up to 14 days. Treatment: supportive care with warm fluid, nasal irrigation, suction, cool mist ...Read more
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
Is there any foods or vitamins that increase resistance against infections (cough & cold) in babies?
Infections: Babies are born with acquired immunity passed on from their mothers before birth. Unfortunately the effectiveness of these antibodies start fading by 6 mos. Breastfeeding often enhances their immunity by antibodies passed through breast milk against respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. This immunity can be fostered by adequate intakes of fruits, vegetables and protein. ...Read more
My 17 months twin babies got MMR 1st dose n they have fever, cough n cold, so after 2nd dose these reactions will again occur...?
My twin babies got vaccinated with MMR first dose, after 1 week they got fever, cough n cold. What should I do?
Many: Continuous cough and runny nose in an infant should be discussed with your doctor. It might be as simple as recurrent colds this time of year, but it could signify a chronic condition (wheezing or acid reflux), or a more serious infection (whooping cough or bronchiolitis). Treatments vary based on the cause, so a careful exam should be done by your pediatrician. ...Read more
My infant boy has picked up an ugly cough. How can I treat it? He's 23w (19 corrected) 2nd vaccines done 2 days ago. No fever or vomitting
Treatment varies: There are no cold and cough treatments for infants. All of the over the counter medications have no effect and can be harmful to your baby. First have your baby examined at his Doctor to make sure that he does not have any signs of infection. If symptoms are viral then normal saline for the nose and humidified air can be helpful. If you are breastfeeding that is the best medicine. ...Read more
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?
No: Actually babies under 6 mo of age that have not been vaccinated represent the age group most likely to die from the disease. The vaccine was synthesized in the lab and contains no living material. It does stimulate the body to make protective antibodies that can prevent baby from getting whooping cough. ...Read more
Is it ok to take Bromfed (brompheniramine) dm cough syrup with infant acetaminophen? Is there a waiting period before giving between the two?
Depends on. . .: Babies ages 3-12 months can easily catch colds from other people. If there is just a runny nose, without much fussiness, without any high fever, without other worrisome symptoms, then parents can leave the nose alone. If the mucous is blocking the nose somewhat, try a few drops of saline, followed by gentle suctioning with a suction bulb. A doctor should examine younger or more symptomatic babies. ...Read more
No: In order to give the infant protection from the vaccine being given to you, it would have to have been given while the baby was inside, in utero. Now, the baby can get immunity through his/her own vaccination only. Of course, you and any caregiver who comes in close contact with baby should have updated vaccine. That is, anyone holding the baby. ...Read more
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
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
My infant is five months has a dry cough for a week and has a runny stuffy nose no fever should I take him to doctor is it a cold?
Cough: It is always hard to know when to take your baby to the doctor. If he is eating, drinking, pooping, peeing and acting otherwise well and having no fever then I would say no. If he has any trouble breathing, the cough becomes worse, he gets a fever, he becomes lethargic, dehydrated or you are just too worried then get him seen. Worried Mommas are always right. ...Read more
My son (15 months) has a mild cold. Runny nose, cough and low grade fever. 100.8 recally. Can I give echinacea for babies to get his though this better?
According to the national institute of health center for complimentary and alternative medicine, there is no evidence that shows that echinacea is protective against illness or speeds recovery. It was a very popular supplement 5 years ago, but as research started to show that it was ineffective in a adults and especially children, it began to fall out of favor. I would not recommend using it children.
The best methods for treating congestion in an infant/toddler are saline nasal drops, nasal suctioning with a bulb syringe and a cool or warm mist humidifier. There are no safe cough or cold medications for children under 4 years of age.
If your child seems to be having difficulty breathing, call their doctor right away.
Anytime a child has difficulty breathing (respiratory distress), they need immediate medical attention. The signs of respiratory distress are:
-rapid breathing (more than 60 times a minute)
-grunting or gasping with breathing
-flaring of the nostrils
-working hard and using extra muscles to breathe such as sucking in at the neck or under the rib cage
-blue or dusky coloring
-change in speech or level of alertness. ...Read more