My 4 month old son has come down with a cough that sounds a little mucousy. The doctor says that it seems viral and since there are no other illness symptoms that we just have to wait it out. I don't want to give him medicine that he doesn't need but I would like to relieve the cough. Are there some remedies that are safe for a baby?

asked 09 Jul '10, 02:33

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Answers to this question about cold remedies for babies under two may be helpful

(09 Jul '10, 11:43) Tammy ♦♦

I remember hearing my baby cough in the middle of the night and feeling so bad that there was nothing I could do! He did manage to sleep through it mostly, though. Here are some things to try:

  • Try keeping his room on the humid side
  • Whack his back or chest gently (a little harder than you would for a burp) to loosen the mucus.
  • The answers to the linked question also suggest raising the head of his bed, which should help a cough too.
  • Finally, be sure to keep him hydrated. Plenty of breast milk or formula.

answered 09 Jul '10, 12:21

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Since sore throats tend to accompany coughs, you could try giving him a small dose of Tylenol to help ease the discomfort. Otherwise, in the US, there's not much you can do for him. The FDA does not recommend, or currently approve, any cough medicines for children under 6.


answered 09 Jul '10, 02:59

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My 2-month-old get stuffed up a lot. My pediatrician suggested having her sit in the bathroom while I or my husband shower (not specifically me or my husband, anyone showering will do!), which loosens the mucus and makes coughs more productive.

I also took lots of long, hot showers while pregnant and sick, finding that worked well enough that I didn't have to take medication.

I agree with Anne about keeping your baby hydrated as well. That will do a surprising amount of good. Hopefully he's able to feed OK, without being distracted by the cough.


answered 09 Jul '10, 21:19

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Use onions with sugar. Just chop up an onion (not too fine, bigger chunks are totally OK) and put some sugar on top of it. The sugar will get the juice out of the onions and create a syrup. Give some of the syrup to your child. You will find this recipe with honey too, but don't use honey if your child is under one year of age!

My mother gave this to me (although I didn't like it). Here's one site giving an exact recipe but you can find it anywhere on the internet I like the tip they are giving on the bottom :)

But also note that coughing the congested material out is actually a good thing, but if it is interfering with everyone's sleep, it might be better to not cough it out during the night.


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