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My 20 month old daughter is sick...

she is on amoxicillin for cough, runny nose etc...that the doctor called in for her so this is the second day on the anitbotic she now has a bit of fever.. i am using tylenol.for that.. she seems to be breathing heavily but could be becuase she is stuffed up and congested.... I was wondering any advice from mom's on some home remedies to help her be more comfortable at home... she just wants to lay around isn't eating well... i am trying to keep fluids in her.... temp is now 99.8...but then will go back down to normal as well... using cool washcltoh to help cool her as wel...any advice....

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rachaelcc

Asked by rachaelcc at 8:02 PM on Oct. 9, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • yeah you could try a humidifier...it works really well to loosen up some of the congestion and cough, and they're fairly cheap at Wal-Mart -Sincerely Cyndi "D
    SuperbowlBoys

    Answer by SuperbowlBoys at 8:04 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • If I understand you right, your doctor gave her an antibiotic without seeing her ?!?! That is wrong in so very many ways!
    I can tell you that if she has a cold, the antibiotics will do nothing for her and may make things worse in the long run. Antibiotics are never prescribed for a "cough and runny nose". You need to understand exactly WHY your doctor is prescribing these, exactly what bacterial infection your child has. A virual infection (a cold or the flu) will not be affected by amoxicillin or any antibiotic but doctors used to prescribe them a lot just to shut up parents who were screaming for the doctor to "do something". It was bad medicine then and is against the recommendations of the AAP now.
    Don't stop the antibiotics until you know why they were prescribed but find out WHY she needs them.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 9:52 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • As for keeping your child more comfortable at home... Since she is over 18 months, don't worry about a fever under 102. As long as she seems comfortable and is playing, she is fine. Give pain meds only if she seems uncomfortable. When you fight the fever, you are taking away her bodies main defense against the germs. Think of it as asking a boxer to fight with his shoelaces tied together and one hand behind his back. Don't fight a low grade fever.
    Give her pedilyte. If she won't drink it, try pedilyte frozen pops. When all else fails, try gatorade or plain water.
    Run a humifier in her room.
    I know it really stinks when your little one is sick. I hope she's running around like mad soon.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 9:52 PM on Oct. 9, 2008

  • Fever: Give appropriate dosage of Infant's Tylenol. Give lukewarm bath. Dress in loose, thin, cotton clothing. Lots of clear fluids, but not water because water can dilute the body's sodium & other minerals that get depleted with a fever.
    To ease congestion, help keep your baby hydrated & help reduce fever: Alternate formula/milk/breastmilk with clear fluids (juice, Gaterade, Powerade, Pedialyte, Chicken broth) because milk can make congestion worse. According to my daughter's Dr, children can go up to 3 days w/out milk as long as they're getting clear fluids.
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    fulltimemom2007

    Answer by fulltimemom2007 at 4:54 AM on Oct. 10, 2008

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    Congestion: Also relieved during sleep by elevating baby's shoulders above chest level (put rolled towels under mattress). Also, dehumidifiers help with congestion as does Little Noses or other saline drops & suction.
    Decreased appetite is also normal while enduring a cold. Make sure that you offer several small snacks/meals that have vitamins in them, not just empty calorie stuff. Also, the following items actually help boost the immune system: Vitamin C, B Vitamins, Vitamin E (careful, not too much), Zinc, Beef, Mushrooms, Cherries, Blueberries, Garlic & Oregano.
    If symptoms get worse or last more than 7 days, call the Dr. again
    fulltimemom2007

    Answer by fulltimemom2007 at 4:56 AM on Oct. 10, 2008

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