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What Can I Do For My Ten Month Old Daughters Cough
Cough: For a 10 month old, there are no medications for cough or cold symptoms. If this cough is new, and due to a cold, you can use saline nasal spray, and a nasal aspirator to help with congestion. If the cough is more chronic, your child should be evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cold/something else: There are a lot of reasons a child can cough. Yes it may be that you had a cold and the child caught it. Colds are caused by viruses and there is nothing that you can take to get rid of a virus like that. If there is a high fever, productive cough, or the child is having trouble breathing you need to get them to their doctor asap. If it is just a cold time will heal all. ...Read more
See your DR: If your 2 month old has been directly exposed to a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough, you need to see your doctor. At your baby's age, he has not yet completed his primary pertussis vaccination series, so he is susceptible to contracting this disease. Known contacts, including your baby, will need to be treated for exposure to the disease. ...Read more
Comfort measures: You may want to avoid too much milk as this may generate more mucus for the little one to deal with. After a soothing warm bath, you can continue the humidification by setting up a vaporizer/humidifier in baby's room. Use any of the commercially available devices to help remove excess mucus from baby's nose as well. If it's within 48 hrs of onset, you can get meds for flu. ...Read more
Avoid Cold medicines: Cough in young children is extremely frustrating for parents. Unfortunately cough medications used in adults don't work in children. Decongestants in combination with cough medications can actually be harmful. Using guafenesin may be helpful to help secretions stay loose. Increasing fluid intake and humidity in the air can definitely help. Honey (for kids over 12 months) may be a natural remedy. ...Read more
No drugs!: Please do not give any medications to your 9 month old. While it has been common practice in the past, and physicians often recommended drugs for cough and cold, recent studies have shown they do not help and may in fact cause harm. No child under 2 years old should take any cough/cold meds, including over the counter. Keep child hydrated, humidify air, and if it persists get evaluated for cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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