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My babies nose is super congested help! i've used bulb strung saline spray cool mist humidifie and steamy shower u keep sucking stuff out but ita lo?

My babies nose is super congested help! i've used bulb strung saline spray cool mist humidifie and steamy shower u keep sucking stuff out but ita lo?

If this has been: Going on for quite sometimes please see your pediatrician about it. He may prescribe some ear drop or eye drop medication that can be used in the nose to relieve severe nasal congestion or he may refer you to ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Does eucalyptus oil spray in a steam room kill cold and flu viruses? If so, what else does eucalyptus spray kill?

Does eucalyptus oil spray in a steam room kill cold and flu viruses? If so, what else does eucalyptus spray kill?

Other natural remedy: Tea tree oil and oil of neem have been shown to have powerful antimicrobial effets- some trials have demonstrated tto efficacy against mrsa! ...Read more

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Can i put eucalyptus oil in my 7 month old baby's cool mist humidifier?

Can i put eucalyptus oil in my 7 month old baby's cool mist humidifier?

Yes: This is a very nice way to improve the humidity and also help decongest a baby without giving them medications. Don't forget the baby can use nasal saline drops too if congested. Put a couple of drops in the nose, gently massage, and then if he or she doesn't sneeze them out, use the bulb suctioner to clear out. Remember lots of cuddles too when baby not feeling well. ...Read more

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How can I soothe my 7mo olds gasping cough? She can't catch her breath, can't sleep & is very congested. Vapor, steam, saline, suction- nothing helps

How can I soothe my 7mo olds gasping cough? She can't catch her breath, can't sleep & is very congested. Vapor, steam, saline, suction- nothing helps

Depends: Is the cough a barky sealy cough? Is your baby in distress? If in distress you should go to the er, if not in distress and it is a barky sealy cough going outside in the cold works better than steam . It sounds like croup that gets progressively worse over 3 days , is worse at night then starts to improve. If you are worried, go to theer. ...Read more

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Asthma-coughing fits between Nebulizer/albuterol treatments. Better to steam/cool mist? Foods/teas? Sit up, lay, walk? I cough until I gag/cry.

Asthma-coughing fits between Nebulizer/albuterol treatments.  Better to steam/cool mist?  Foods/teas? Sit up, lay, walk?  I cough until I gag/cry.

See your doctor: Sounds like your asthma is may need a tune up. Go see your doctor, you likely need a steroid inhaler or possibly a combination inhaler with albuterol and a steroid to help calm things down. Moist air may help a bit (like the nebulizer) but sounds like you need more than that. Positioning your body, certain foods likely won't make a difference either. ...Read more

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Dob3/31/14 nasal cong. Dry cough sneezing Fussy rectal temp 99.7 have head elevated took into steamy shower min mucas with separator. Breastfeeding.

Dob3/31/14 nasal cong. Dry cough sneezing Fussy rectal temp 99.7 have head elevated took into steamy shower min mucas with separator. Breastfeeding.

Ok so far...: How long has she been sick? She has surpassed her 6 week mark. If her temperature rises above 100.4 call the doctor right away. If she has been sick like this for more than 4 days call. Keep breastfeeding and doing what you are doing. A humidifier may help. ...Read more

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Coughing remedies for a 2.5 yr old?? Tried V- vapor rub on feet too.. Vaporizer ... Steam bath for 30 min.. Honey... Elevation.. Suction/saline

Coughing remedies for a 2.5 yr old?? Tried V- vapor rub on feet too.. Vaporizer ... Steam bath for 30 min.. Honey... Elevation.. Suction/saline

Cough: One thing to remember is that cough is a protective reflex. They are coughing for a reason and we don't want to extinguish cough aggressively. The next thing to consider is: how bad is the cough? How long has it been there for? What other symptoms? If there is an underlying process like wheezing, sinus infection or allergies then addressing the primary cause is going to be the mainstay of treatmen ...Read more

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I've a 3 month old w/ really bad allergies/ congestion. I'm using humidifier, Vicks baby rub, elevated crib mattress what else can I do?

I've a 3 month old w/ really bad allergies/ congestion. I'm using humidifier, Vicks baby rub, elevated crib mattress what else can I do?

See your doctor: It would be unusual for a 3 month old to have allergies leading to nasal congestion. At that age, their nose is small, so it does not take much to plug it up. If they have had the congestion going on for more than a few days, is associated with fever (a temperature over 100.4f) or fussiness or poor eating, then needs to be seen soon. ...Read more

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Severe ocd. I was washing my cum stained underwear with hot shower and saw hot shower steam or water vapour. Is that water vapour clean? Thanks

Severe ocd. I was washing my cum stained underwear with hot shower and saw hot shower steam or water vapour. Is that water vapour clean? Thanks

Clean, but...: If one has bad OCD with obsessive thoughts and compulsive actions, it doesn't matter that the shower water and its vapor are clean... but rather, he must believe they're clean. Note that semen from healthy guys is clean, semen stains are very clean because germs tend to die when dried out, tap water is clean due to modern water treatment. Also, we are adapted to the usual microbes on/in/around us. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Can post nasal drip on 7mo cause coughs? Started w/runny nose. Humidifier, saline & bulb syringe used. Cough AM & PM. Bronchiolitis risk? Nebulizer?

Yes: A post nasal drip can and commonly does cause a cough. Bronchiolitis is from lower airways (lungs). It is important for her pediatrician to listen and determine where the cough is coming from. The treatments are dramatically different. ...Read more

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Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier ? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip , dry cough on winter and fall?

Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier ? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip , dry cough on winter and fall?

No: Humidifiers are fine for replacing the moisture in your environment that is lost when the heat is on.They don't have to mist to be effective.It is part of the Furnace system in the North,where the heat is on for months but not in Texas.We actually advise against heated mist because the heater is a hazard, and all mist cools before it reaches you. ...Read more

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Which helps more: vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

Which helps more:  vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

Same: Humidifier or vaporizer both add moisture to the air to help keep our secretions moist and thin. I think they basically do the same. ...Read more

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Inhaled clorox bleach at work hurtful cough similar to bronchitis chest congested and weezing?

Inhaled clorox bleach at work hurtful cough similar to bronchitis chest congested and weezing?

Chlorine bleach: fumes can be very irritating but a brief exposure will produce only transient symptoms! You should be fine in 24-48 hours! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Coughin & chockin on phlegm. What to do? Get nervous, face/eyes red 1.5wk bronchitis takin inhaler mucus relief antibiotics. Doctor said breath steam.

Coughin & chockin on phlegm. What to do? Get nervous, face/eyes red 1.5wk bronchitis takin inhaler mucus relief antibiotics. Doctor said breath steam.

Inflammation...: You likely have some airway inflammation in addition to bronchospasm resulting in your symptoms. This can happen with an episode of bronchitis. Your doctor may want to obtain a sputum culture to be certain you are on an effective antibiotic. Then, add a steroid inhaler in addition to the albuterol to decrease airway inflammation. It will take a few days for the result of the culture. See your doc. ...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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1 month old awake for 12 hours, won't sleep, tried rocking, singing, swaddling, warm bottle, car ride, lay on my chest, dark, quiet... I'm worried...?

1 month old awake for 12 hours, won't sleep, tried rocking, singing, swaddling, warm bottle, car ride, lay on my chest, dark, quiet... I'm worried...?

Normal sleep pattern: OK, if your baby had a serious problem, it would have more symptoms than being awake, like cry, fussiness, fever, etc. If the only issue you have is staying awake, your baby is likely just off schedule. That said, but it to sleep around an hour earlier than typical to make up for its lack of sleep. If your baby does not sleep after 24 hours, go see your doc. ...Read more

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Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

See below:: Throughout the 19th and most of the 20th century, cool mist administration was the mainstay of treatment for croup. Hospitals had "croup rooms" filled with cool mist. However, despite its continued widespread use, little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist. Randomized studies of children with moderate-to-severe croup revealed no difference in outcome for treated vs not. ...Read more

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Cough 2weeks, sometimes hurts in chest, body aches, no fever.Taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm, netti pot, gypsy cold tea w/no results. Any recommendations?

Cough 2weeks, sometimes hurts in chest, body aches, no fever.Taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm, netti pot, gypsy cold tea w/no results. Any recommendations?

Influenza test: Better to be safe and have a rapid influenza test since this sounds very much like a viral infection. No fever leads me to think less likely influenza but better to rule it out. ...Read more