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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

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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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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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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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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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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more