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My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

Needs investigation: Chronic cough in a young child that is waking them up needs investigation. If it is not an infection, it could be an inhaled foreign body (i've seen toy parts, foods, etc). Also, high on the list is also environmental irritants such as smoke, dust, molds and then allergens causing the cough. One of the most frequent symptoms of early asthma in tots is that ongoing night cough! ...Read more

Humidifier (Definition)

Increasing the humidity in your home helps eliminate the dry air that can irritate and inflame the passages in the nose and throat. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu. Using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus so you ...Read more


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My 8 month old baby keeps coughing has runny nose always congested we've taken her to the dr nothing has helped we sleep with a humidifier: (?

My 8 month old baby keeps coughing has runny nose always congested we've taken her to the dr nothing has helped we sleep with a humidifier: (?

Nasal saline: You can try nasal saline or use of a bulb syringe to clean out the nose. If a family member or household member smokes encourage them to stop. If you have pets try to keep them away from the child. You could consider hypoallergenic pillow and mattress covers. Cold medicines are not recommended at this point. ...Read more

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How can I feel confident that my sleeping baby is ok?

How can I feel confident that my sleeping baby is ok?

Good parenting: You cannot stay awake 24 hours a day to watch your baby. You can remember to lay the baby on his or her back when putting to bed. Make sure blankets are not too excessive or fluffy, and be careful of the quality of bedding. Good ventiliation in the bedroom and a normal temperature is also important- not too hot or too cold. ...Read more

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Can I breastfeed a sleeping baby?

Can I breastfeed a sleeping baby?

Breast feeding?: If he is not hungry, he will not drink, in addition if he is sleeping why u don't let him sleep and when he wakes up u can feed him? ...Read more

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I have read that u shouldn't wake a sleeping baby, but after birth the nurses pretty much make u wake and feed them. Why? What should u say to them?

I have read that u shouldn't wake a sleeping baby, but after birth the nurses pretty much make u wake and feed them. Why? What should u say to them?

Let the Baby Sleep: I believe that babies are hardwired to wake up for feedings when hungry, when they are full term. As others mentioned, there are fads regarding feeding that seem to, at times, ignore nature.
Do not worry, but consult your pediatrician for advice. ...Read more

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Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby to take medication? 5 months old baby taking therapies for asthma.

Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby to take medication? 5 months old baby taking therapies for asthma.

No: If the baby is sleeping peacefully, breathing easy and not coughing then you do not have to wake him up to give asthma treatment. If the baby is working hard to breathe, grunting or coughing then yes, wake him up and give him a treatment. Talk to your doctor in the morning about what he/she wants you to do in these situations in the future. ...Read more

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Hi... I had an ultrasound and the tech used a vibrator to wake my sleeping baby up... "IS THAT A SAFE METHOD FOR THE BABY"????

Hi... I had an ultrasound and the tech used a vibrator to wake my sleeping baby up... "IS THAT A SAFE METHOD FOR THE BABY"????

Yes: Ultrasound has been used and studied in depth for more than 4 decades. It has no negative effects on the fetus. For a tech to get enough views of the babies body parts it may move the probe into a variety of positions and use other tricks to complete the study. It is no more invasive to baby than you rolling over in your sleep. ...Read more

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I used my iPhone's led flash light to check my sleeping baby. It was close range and I lingered for 20ish secs by his zipper and button...eye damage?

I used my iPhone's led flash light to check my sleeping baby. It was close range and I lingered for 20ish secs by his zipper and button...eye damage?

No: It shouldn't be a problem, and your baby 's eyes were shut, and it would shut physiologically to protect him/her from any harm, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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What causes a child to grind their teeth while sleeping? Baby teeth were ground down. I worry now about adult teeth. The child is 8.

What causes a child to grind their teeth while sleeping? Baby teeth were ground down. I worry now about adult teeth. The child is 8.

Sleep bruxism: The cause (s) of bruxism are not fully understood. Causes include stress and anxiety, sleep disorder, misalignment of teeth, aggressive or hyperactive personality. Give that baby teeth were ground down, I would recommend you see a pediatric dentist to evaluate the integrity of your 8 yr olds permanent teeth and strategies to keep your childs adult teeth intact. ...Read more

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Does pre-seed lubricant help to conceive and if yes how? Can I use it 6 weeks after a 22 weeks sleeping baby. When will my period return after birth

Does pre-seed lubricant help to conceive and if yes how? Can I use it 6 weeks after a 22 weeks sleeping baby. When will my period return after birth

Preseed: Preseed will not help with improving chance of pregnancy. However, unlike other lubricants, does not affect sperm negatively, therefore will not hamper your chances of conceiving. ...Read more

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Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby for liquids? Fever of 101.6 has had stomach issues & vomit day before due to intolerance. Finally sleeping.

Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby for liquids? Fever of 101.6 has had stomach issues & vomit day before due to intolerance. Finally sleeping.

Vomiting & fever is: More likely a viral gastroenteritis, as a lactose or other complex sugar intolerance does not cause fever. If the baby is > 2 months old, is able to keep down Pedialyte, has wet diapers, is alert when awake, & feels better after the appropriate dose of Tylenol (acetaminophen) for rectal Temp > 100.4, letting him sleep is okay. ...Read more

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HOW FAR SHOULD A HUMIDIFIER BE FROM SLEEPING TODDLER?

HOW FAR SHOULD A HUMIDIFIER BE FROM SLEEPING TODDLER?

Out of reach: The distance is not as important as the ability for the toddler to reach the device. If it is out of his reach and he cannot get out of bed and get to it, it should be ok. You want the humidifier to moisturize the air nearby but that will occur any where in a room that is about 12/12ft. ...Read more

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Whenever I sleep with a cool mist humidifier, I wake up with discomfort in my chest and feel completely drained. Why does this happen?

Whenever I sleep with a cool mist humidifier, I wake up with discomfort in my chest and feel completely drained. Why does this happen?

Too much mist?: Making an environment that is uncomfortable to sleep in is a good way to feel drained in the morning. Try turning it down, or at least directing the stream away from your face. ...Read more

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My 16 month old is terribly congested and can't sleep. I've tried the "boogie sucker" and I have the humidifier going. Any meds she can take?

My 16 month old is terribly congested and can't sleep. I've tried the "boogie sucker" and I have the humidifier going. Any meds she can take?

Saline drops: No medicine, other than tyelenol for fever. You can run a humidifier, and use saline drops in his nose and then use bulb suction. If he is not eating wel or if he is having trouble breathing schedule an appointment with his doctor ...Read more

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I sleep with a bedside cool mist humidifier and use saline spray but my nares still stay so dry. What can I try now?

I sleep with a bedside cool mist humidifier and use saline spray but my nares still stay so dry. What can I try now?

Nasal gel: There is a nasal saline gel that can be applied at the nasal entrance prior to bed that may keep you moist for a longer period. ...Read more

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Extremely dry eyes only when lying down. Sleeping in chair fixes it. Tried humidifier, doesn't fix it?

Extremely dry eyes only when lying down. Sleeping in chair fixes it. Tried humidifier, doesn't fix it?

May be more serious: This may be from nocturnal lagophthalmos (i.e. Sleeping with your eyes open) or rarely from a condition called floppy eyelid syndrome... Your eye md should be able to help. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning for the past two weeks with dried blood when I clean my nose. I sleep with a humidifier and I never had any allergies.?

I wake up every morning for the past two weeks with dried blood when I clean my nose. I sleep with a humidifier and I never had any allergies.?

Dry air and surround: Also, in the southern states, and rest of the country when the air conditioning is on in buildings as well as in cars, this causes the air to dry out and thus, can contribute to your persistent "bloody" nose. ...Read more

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My 3 month of has a cold. Stuffy nose, cough, restless sleep, no temp! Anything I can do other than a humidifier?

My 3 month of has a cold. Stuffy nose, cough, restless sleep, no temp! Anything I can do other than a humidifier?

Nasal suction: Use saline nose drops (available over-the-counter) to loosen up the mucous and use a bulb syringe to suction out the nose before each feeding and before laying him down. Babies don't much mind if their nose is runny, but they get very irritable when they can't breathe well! Give him plenty of fluids (his milk, but also some water if needed). If he has fever or starts vomiting, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne?

My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne?

Do a Re-evaluation: Unfortunately one medicine/method of treatment does not work for everyone. Your son may have allergies as well, common in asthmatics, and a prescription nasal spray may be of much benefit. I would suggest bringing him in to his doc, express your concerns and I am sure he will be evaluated and treated accordingly.
Best of luck.. ...Read more

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Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Yes, but...: Humidifier does provide extra moisture to upper airway, i.e., nose and throat. However, high humidity over 60% provides a favorable environment for the molds to grow and may aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can give my 16 month old to soothe a horrible cough? She can't sleep and humidifiers seem to make it worse.

Is there anything I can give my 16 month old to soothe a horrible cough? She can't sleep and humidifiers seem to make it worse.

Not sure: I certainly sympathize with your problem...Does she also have a fever? Any rash? Has she had anything like this in the past? Unfortunately it sounds like you need to have her examined by your pediatrician...Other than being sure she is drinking plenty of fluid. I can't recommend anything else. Please call her dr. ...Read more

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Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Humidifier: Ideally a warm humidifer is better, but because of the risk of spilling a cool humidifier is recommended. ...Read more

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Ultrasonic humidifier or vaporizer for babies to get ride of cold?

Cool humidifier: In my medical opinion, the cool mist ultrasonic humidifier is preferable to the hot vaporizer due to the safety concerns of the heating of the water with potential injury posed by the vaporizer. Furthermore, experientially, parental feedback indicates that the cool humidifier seems to provide a more calming cough relief than the hotter vaporizer. ...Read more

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Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer is good for babies? Is cool mist ok for winter?

To mist or not to: A humidifier is basically a fan that draws moisture from a paper or metallic wick & adds it to air in the room. A vaporizer makes a mist. Old style vaporizers have a heating element that boils water making steam, these are unsafe. Modern products use tuning fork technology & make light or heavy mist (vaporizers also humidify)they are safe & helpful when your heater dries out the air you sleep in. ...Read more

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I am using a humidifier in my babies room. Is it safe to use bacteriostat in the humidifier? Thank you in advance.

Yes: Bacteriostat is normally not recommended for use with short term use or humidifier. However it's concurrent use causes no harm to baby. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

Age??: Early infancy is marked by marked sensitivity to irritants ; dependence on narrow nasal passages for breathing. Later childhood employs mouth breathing to bypass much of the congestion. I hate Vicks steam; consider it air pollution. A lifestyle audit to eliminate any odors/irritants in a kids sleeping area + humidity or steam as long as the measured humidity. ...Read more

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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace. In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier. A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level. ...Read more

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I sprayed bug killer spray while my babies r sleeping r they goin 2 be okay?

Please not again: Conventional pesticides -- including deet-based insect repellents -- can be neurotoxic (poisonous to the brain) and carcinogenic (cancer-producing). Babies, whose brains are still developing, are especially vulnerable. One application of toxic bug spray won't have hurt them. But, in the future, please consider oil of lemon eucalyptus or citronella oil, which are much less toxic alternatives. ...Read more

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When will babies sleep through the night first?

When will babies sleep through the night first?

Three to four months: Babies are capable of one period of deep sleep (3-4hrs) per 24 hours starting at birth and generally drift in and out of lighter sleep states for the rest of their day. By 3mo their brain waves include mature sleep patterns and longer sleep is expected. Babies can learn to self settle soon after birth and return to sleep after they wake, though a brief feeding may be needed. Good routeins help. ...Read more

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How long do fifteen to eighteen old babies sleep?

How long do fifteen to eighteen old babies sleep?

Varies: There appears to be no right answer to how many hours a child sleeps. It is really unique to that child. If they are growing, happy, behaving and developing normally, then whatever amount works for that child. Having said that, most seem to sleep 8-12 hours at night. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do lullabies help babies sleep?

Can you tell me how do lullabies help babies sleep?

I think in my case,: It soothes my children so that they relax enough for their brain waves to start slowing down. When my daughter can't sleep she asks me to sing her to sleep. She now associates sleep with these songs and often after struggling to fall asleep- she will nod off in seconds to minutes once I begin gently singing lullabies. ...Read more

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Infant sleeping a lot suddenly, normal?

Possibly: If the baby is otherwise fine it could occur during a rapid growth spurt or related to dropping a nap. If there are other symptoms such as decreased appetite or fever or this situation persists call your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Avoid co-bedding: Placing several babies in a single crib (aka co-bedding) increases the likelihood that none of them will get a good night's sleep. Co-bedding is also a major risk factor for sudden unexplained infant death (suid). So it is better, if possible, to provide a designated, segregated spot for each baby in order to guarantee uninterrupted sleep for the infant. ...Read more

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Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

Hotels have cribs: Travelers can ask for a baby crib at hotels. Just check the crib to be sure it is safe. Babies can also sleep in a foldable playpen (be sure the playpen is set up safely, and won't collapse or tangle up the baby). Before going to bed, learn the fire exit routes, in case guests have to evacuate in the darkness of night. ...Read more

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What is the best way to change an infant's sleep cycle?

What is the best way to change an infant's sleep cycle?

With a tired changer: Most infants sleep, eat, poop and pee because of their very basic needs and underdeveloped nervous system. They have to learn everything. They develope patterns just like adults. To change a pattern you have to do the same thing over and over for 21 days. When you want the baby to sleep don't respond to their requests so quickly let them lay. Wake them up at the time you want them up.. ...More. ...Read more

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Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

Are there any infant sleep training programs that are recommended by pediatricians?

This is reasonable: Http://www. Babycenter. Com/0_baby-sleep-training-the-basics_1505715.bc

There is no one best way. You have to suit your needs. By nature some babies are anxious, more needy. Our own upbringing, insecurities affect such practices. So do not be too hard on yourself. Do what is most comfortable to you and which is least frustrating. Both parents should agree on the plan broadly. ...Read more

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When can babies sleep on their belly?

Depends on age: There is a higher incidence of sudden infant death syndrome if babies sleep on their bellies than on their backs or sides. It is recommended to prop them so they do not roll on their stomachs but when they get old enough to roll on their own yu can't help iit and then it is ok for them to sleep on their bellies! ...Read more

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Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

Does rice cereal help babies sleep through the night?

No: Despite what some grandmothers will say, cereal feeding has not been proven to help babies sleep better. It can lead to constipation or overfeeding, though, and possibly food allergies if given prior to 4 months. ...Read more

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