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Old 12-11-2007, 04:06 PM   #1
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Question What to do for 2 yr old with cough?

Hi there. I feel like I am asking a newbie question. I have five kids but have never tried going the 'natural' route in taking care of their sicknesses. My dd has a cough (sorry if tmi) where the phlegm or mucous is really loose in her chest. When she coughs she almost chokes because it gets caught in her throat and she has a hard time breathing. I have tried to get her to cough it up like my older kids do but she is too young to try and do that. Any suggestions on what to do to help her get this out or wash it down? I am using one of those waterless vaporizers and I put some NE vapor rub on her chest. What else is there to do? When she is sleeping is our biggest problem and right after she eats (because she usually ends up getting sick).

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I always rub the vicks/watkins/ne/whatever vapour rub you have on the bottom of my DD feet, then put jammies, socks on. It helps immensely with the coughing.
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Thanks. I will have to try that.
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Re: What to do for 2 yr old with cough?

we do the vicks thing, use the humidifier, plus one of those plug in menthol thingies, hylands cold medicine (same people who make teething tablets), and keep him propped upright during sleep. Good luck!
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Old 12-11-2007, 09:26 PM   #5
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I already have her propped up. Would the humidifier do anything different then the waterless vaporizer? Is there anything that helps to break up the mucous in their chest?
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Found this for you:

http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_coughs.htm
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Re: What to do for 2 yr old with cough?

Have they had honey yet (I seem to remember something about pushing back introducing that until even later).

If it IS okay to give honey, give a table spoon of that mixed with a little lemon juice. My mom's mom did this when she was growing up and a study just came out (if you are one who needs studies) that proves the effectiveness of it for calming coughs.

Or you could go with my OTHER grandmother's remedy of brandy and blackberry jam (kidding)
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