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My son is 2 yrs old and he just got sick, the doctor says it is a really bad cough, but he is wheezing really bad, how can I help him stop wheezing?

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Asked by kduran06 at 10:18 PM on Oct. 2, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • Steam up the bathroom with hot shower then run him a warm bath( maybe with vapor bath). Try to keep him in the bath for 20 min or so. The steam will loosen up the mucus in his lungs so he can cough it out. Also try keeping a cold mist vaporizer in his room at night. The moisture will keep his airway wet so the yuck doesn't get stuck. Always works for me, hope this helps.

    Answer by dupreemommy at 10:22 PM on Oct. 2, 2009

  • try a humidifier, it will open the airways....and vapo rub on the chest...goodluck..p.s. they make a baby vapo rub, its not as strong...

    Answer by just1forme at 12:56 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • i would try the humidifier and have him cough up whatever junk he can...when we were young my mom would fill the sink with really hot water and put a towel over our heads and make us breathe the's amazing what came out of us!! it sounds like he's wheezing b/c it might be settling in his Bronchii....give him some kids Mucinex if they make for kids that's harmless and really helps break up congestion. good luck

    Answer by calliesmommie at 1:42 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • A cool-mist vaporizor works the best for that using it at night. Also sitting in the bathroom with the hot shower steaming up the bathroom helps some. What calliesmommie said aout holding a steamy wash cloth works wonders too. I have a son with Down Syndrome and he gets so many problems with his airways due to his smaller airway passages so i have had a lot of experience with this. He gets so bad sometimes that we have to use a nebulizer.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:27 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • Also while he is around the humidifier, gently but firmly pat his chest, sides and bck while hving your hands cupped. it helps to loosen the phlegm causing the wheezing.


    Answer by mom2boys1997 at 9:04 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • lots of liquids,salene nose dops. humidifier. vapor rub,for tots. and lots of rest. gl

    Answer by incarnita at 9:39 AM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • Did the wheezing start before or after the appointment? If it was after, take him back in. He may need a nebulizer to help keep the airways open. If doc say him, but it's getting much worse quickly, take him back in. Other wise, do the tips from the posters above.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:20 PM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • If he is wheezing, he needs to be seen!!!!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:11 PM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • If he is wheezing, take him to the ER, that is not good. Wheezing doesn't occur with a cold. You can try a vaporizer, elevate his head while he is sleeping. Put Vicks Vaporub in the bottom of his feet with socks on while he is sleeping. But, I would really take him to the ER and get the wheezing checked out.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:23 PM on Oct. 3, 2009

  • If this were my child - screw the doctor and go to the ER. Many children each year die due to asthma attacks. Wheezing is not a natural part of a cough. Go now! If he is fine now you can use saline solution to keep his nose area clean and free from allergines/germs. Some Vicks products can acutally make wheezing and attacks much more serious. You will see a warning label on a vicks bath for kids stating the same thing. Most doctors will tell you if your child has breathing issue Vicks is not the best idea. Keep a humidifier going and if you have a fan cool air circulating can help those with breathing problems significantly. I have found lavender oil better to rub on his feet, one drop. It helps to open his air ways without the agitation of Vicks. But check with your doctor first. Then see a pediatric pulminologist in your area for a follow up. Just to see everything is okay. If your child has a chronic

    Answer by frogdawg at 1:39 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

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