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3 year old cough

post #1 of 8
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kept us all up most of the night....phlemy(sp) i think i heard its not good to run the steam vaporizer....or did i hear wrong....or should i run a cold vaporizer.....help!!! i dont like it when he doesnt feel good!!!
post #2 of 8
My 3 1/2 yr old had a bad cough last month that just wouldn't go away. You could hear the junk in her lungs. After she had it for a week we took her to the Instacare. They did a chest X-ray. They put her on antibiotics and treated her for minor pheumonia. It cleared up.
I usually treat a cough with cough medicine for a 4-7 days and if it doesn't clear up then we go to the doctor.
post #3 of 8
Either one is fine - steam or cold vaporizer. For a 'gooey' cough, give guaifenesin as long as the child is over 2-yrs old. Guaifenesin makes the mucous more watery so it can be absorbed by the body or expelled. If a productive cough continues, or if he coughs so hard he throws up or wets himself, definately see a doctor. If the discharge is green, it can be a bacterial infection which would require antibiotics. A gooey cough is also a sign of asthma. Not all people with asthma wheeze. Let him sleep sitting up - propped up with pillows. Sometimes I sleep sitting up in the La-Z-Boy and hold the little one in my arms so she can get some rest.
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Originally Posted by Cookie2 View Post

Let him sleep sitting up - propped up with pillows. Sometimes I sleep sitting up in the La-Z-Boy and hold the little one in my arms so she can get some rest.

I've done that too and it does seem to help when they are little -- they can breathe better and you don't worry so much. I also do a big steam in the bathroom when DD is congested. I fill the tub up with hot water only (you must be VERY careful to keep your little one away from the tub while you do this, but I am guessing you knew that ) and put some of that menthol bath liquid in. Close the bathroom door, take a blanket, a pillow and some books in with you and snuggle/play/rest while the bath cools. The menthol steam can make them a little more comfortable, if only temporarily. Once the water has cooled down significantly, I let DD get in. By the time she is ready to get out, she is almost asleep and is much more relaxed.
post #5 of 8
I have found Delsym cough medicine to be wonderful. However, I am not sure of how young it can be used. Steam from a shower helps also.
post #6 of 8
My baby had a phlegmy cough, which developed into Bronchitis, and breathing problems. When I mentioned to the Dr. I'd been using a Vaporizor, he told me not to use it, as it worsened the problem. Vaporizers and humidifiers are good for dry coughs, especially in dry weather. Robitussin with the guanif. ingredient is good, and Mucinex works well, too, but I don't know if it's OK for a child as young as three. Try to keep your child upright when not sleeping, as laying down makes it feel worse, although a child has to sleep - elevating the head could work.

However, he did say a hot shower/bathroom steam in a clean bathroom would be good due to the limited time. And yes, antibiotics may be needed. The earlier, the better, once Dr. hears rattling.
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Originally Posted by JulieConnor View Post

I have found Delsym cough medicine to be wonderful. However, I am not sure of how young it can be used. Steam from a shower helps also.

I totally agree- my youngest dd had a horrible cough that would not go away- the dr. prescribed this and it was a miracle! I noticed that they sell it OTC now- I think that your son can take it. I use a vaporizer on my girls when they get all congested- it helps them.

BTW- when my dd had the Delsyum perscription when she was 2.
post #8 of 8
The active ingredient in Delsym is Dextromethorphan, a cough suppresant. Dextromethorphan is also available as a generic. You don't have to buy a brand name.

Gooey coughs shouldn't be suppressed until you know whether or not an infection exists or if the child is suffering from asthma.
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