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what can i give my baby for coughing?

she has a bad cough and a runny nose. and tylenol says pain amd fever what else is out there shes only 5 months?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:28 PM on Jan. 27, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • @ 5 months i think only tylenol/motrin and a humidifier are all they can handle

    Answer by watersgirls at 12:29 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • just use the humidifier and a little bit of tylenol if she's in pain.

    Answer by jcsmummy at 12:53 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • Take her to the doctor. If it is bad, like, RSV or bronchitis or pneumonia, they can prescribe something. If it's just from a average cold, there is nothing OTC that you can give her.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:01 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • Elevate her head.
    Humidifier (steam or cool mist)
    Steam in the bathroom and suction out what you can see.
    Saline nasal drops at diaper changes...suction what you can see.
    Tylenol for discomfort.

    If a fever is developed, if she starts having difficulty breathing (lips or nail beds turning blue, nostrils flaring, ribs sucking in) have her seen immediately. Otherwise....just keep trying to keep her comfortable...

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 1:08 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • there is nothing that is safe to give babies for coughing. The doctors want the babies to cough to get the fluid away from their lungs and prevent things like pneumonia. If your having a lot of trouble or the baby seems to be having trouble catching her breath after coughing then i would mention it to your doctor and ask about a nebulizer (breathing treatments) they really seemed to make a difference for my daughter when she contracted RSV and afterwards. They won't prescribe you anything other than those unless she develops some severe breathing issues, but they can be a real help.

    Answer by kristal2146 at 1:09 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • no drugs for children under 2 years old. PERIOD. i used a humidifier, baby vicks, saline spray, & the blue bulb. if it's so bad, ask your dr about the nebulizer.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:30 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • Vicks, baby or otherwise, is a drug.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:37 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • My daughter had a bad cough, and I took her to the doctor and they did give her a prescription. It's for 6 months and up, but lil one was just a few days from 6 months, and met the right weight, so the doctor gave it to us =] I also used a humidifier for her at bed time, but I never noticed it making any difference for her. Also, if you are using a bulb to suck out snot...don't use it more than a few times a day or you will cause her little nose to become inflamed. Good luck =]

    Answer by SandraB383 at 1:56 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

  • yea these days doctors don't like to give anything to a child under the age of 2 years, especially a 5 month old. It's always best to ntake the babe into see the Peds. Even when anti-biotics are needed, it's generally to kill the bacteria causing the infection NOT to stop the coughing.

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 4:32 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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