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What Can You Give A Four Year Old For A Bad Cough
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
Vapor and love: There isn't really any medicine that's authorized for that age. Usually best thing is getting the bathroom steamy and sitting in there for half an hour or so. Helps the mucous drain. You can use Vicks (chest only, not on the feet), and nasal saline and suction to remove mucous from the nose. Other cold medicines are, unfortunately, off limits. ...Read more
Time and patience: Colds go away in spite of, not because of, all the over-the-counter remedies we use. Some feel better with humidified air, but make sure your humidifier is clean. Decongestants and cough suppressants (used short term) can reduce symptoms of runny nose, but cough meds are better at helping you sleep than at reducing cough. Make sure your little one drinks enough fluids to avoid dehydration. ...Read more
Honey: The feeling today is to avoid alot of the medications that in the past were used in infants. Honey can be used to soothe the throat in babies over 6 months. If there is bronchospasm then it might help to use a bronchodilator such as albuteral. If the baby is having more distress then a sh0rt course of oral steroids may be indicated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Constipation in baby: I would start by asking if the baby is actually constipated. Often around two weeks babies (especially breast fed infants) don't stool as often. Many people think this means they are constipated. Some breast fed infants poop once a week! if the stool is soft when it comes out then the baby is fine. If the stool is hard (like rabbit pellets) then you should talk to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not much...........: The american academy of pediatrics has come out not recommending cough medicines, due to a lack of improvement in multiple controlled studies--as well as several deaths. There has recently been an article confirming the efficacy of honey (in tea) as an effective reliever of cough. Honey should never be given to a child under one year of age. ...Read more
See below: Increase fiber in diet: Whole grain bread, Bran cereals mixed with his/her favorite cereal. More Fruits and Veggies. Dried fruit: rasins. Drink adequate liquids at least four 8 ounce glasses/day. Limit sweets. See physician if constipation persists, and if having pain on moving bowels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: Unfortunately there is not much that is appropriate or safe in this age group. Luckly young toddler's do a great job of getting better on their own. Typically because of the ir small noses, a baby's cold will make a lot of noise which sounds worse than it is. Saline nose drops (little noses), tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin and lots of love are the best remedies remaining. (emphasis on the last one). ...Read more
Pain: The question is why do you think he/she has throat pain? It the baby feeding poorly, does he have any other symptoms, does he have a fever, is he irritable and crying and is he teething? An appropriate dose of Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen can help in the short term but the baby should be examined to determine the cause of the symptom. ...Read more
See doctor.: Given how young your baby is, i'd advise seeing your baby's doctor. If the cough is just from a cold, saline nose drops and suctioning helps to clear any post-nasal drip, and elevating the crib mattress a little and using a humidifier in the bedroom can help, too. If it's more than just a simple cold, your baby's doctor will give whatever treatment's needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Nothing much: A cold and cough in an otherwise healthy 22 month should run its course over a 1-2 week period of time. There really are no proven or, more importantly, safe medications that will help your child. Using nasal saline with suction may help relieve some of the nasal symptoms. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever. ...Read more
Infant congestion: Thin out the dairy or breast milk a little with water to decrease the thickness of the mucus, place a little elevation under the head when laying down (not flat), a little humidity in the room(s) can also help. If you think the baby is sick, then you should see your pediatrician. ...Read more
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