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Old 03-07-2010, 04:14 PM   #1
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HELP! What Can I Give My Toddler for a Bad Cough!!!

He is 2 (will be 3 the first part of June) and he is very congested and runny and he has gunk in his throat. Well because of all that he is coughing a ton and dh has had enough of him crying over the coughing (he feels bad for him and wants to make him feel better). So dh wants to give him some kind of childrens cough medicine. They scare me and I don't want to do it but if I don't come up with something that works then he will be getting the cough medicine. SO please! What can I give him? He is already getting baby vicks put on him and getting his nose cleaned out with a bulb syringe and getting nose drops as well. I want him to feel better to so please help me! Thanks mama's.

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Old 03-07-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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Re: HELP! What Can I Give My Toddler for a Bad Cough!!!

have you tried honey? Its a natural cough syrup. you can give it straight or mix 1 cup with 3 tbsp lemon juice and 1/4 cup warm water. 1 to 2 tsp every 2 to 3 hours as needed.
http://www.ehow.com/how_2218943_home...ugh-syrup.html


and STEAM. sit in the bathroom with him and read a book with the shower on as hot as it gets with the curtain open. HTH
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apple cidar vinegar also you can put the humidifier on when he sleeps and the pedi told me to put a little bit of vicks on a wash cloth and put it beside or under the bed that has helped us
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I use vicks on my kiddos feet (cover with socks)

Seems to work a little. We have a HORRID cough right now that even prescription stuff isn't touching
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Re: HELP! What Can I Give My Toddler for a Bad Cough!!!

I second the honey and lemon juice. Use a humidifier. You can also dissolve some vicks in a bowl of hot water and have your ds but his head over the bowl with a towel over his head. Ok...I just reread that and realized by 2yo DD would NEVER submit to that sort of torture but maybe your ds is better behaved ;-)
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I use vicks on my kiddos feet (cover with socks)

Seems to work a little. We have a HORRID cough right now that even prescription stuff isn't touching
This works wonders for us!
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Re: HELP! What Can I Give My Toddler for a Bad Cough!!!

Whole Foods has 2 cough syrups that are safe for two year olds. One is an expectorant (sp?) that does seem to help our little one cough the gunk up. I think it is under $10 but we only do one dose a day when he is sick and it lasts for a long while.
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Vicks on the feet for sure!

Also, he can do Delsym or Benadryl. The Benadryl will work best if it's an allergy issue, the Delsym will work if it's more croupy. I know you said you'd rather not use them, but I'm just including the info if you end up needing it. Both are completely safe to use, so long as the right doses are given.

Here are charts from Dr. Sears about dosing...

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T088800.asp

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T089701.asp
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Re: HELP! What Can I Give My Toddler for a Bad Cough!!!

Also, cut out as much dairy as possible, as it contributes to the build up of mucus.
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Also, cut out as much dairy as possible, as it contributes to the build up of mucus.
Just wanted to second this! DS1 doesn't drink milk at all- we do a calcium and vitamin d supplement instead. Makes a huge difference for him!
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