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Cold Medicine Alternatives for Babies

My baby has a cough and congestion, but I've been following the news and know I shouldn't use cold meds. Are there any safe ways to help my baby feel better?

Re: My baby has a cough and congestion, but I've been following the news and know I shouldn't use cold meds. Are there any safe ways to help my baby feel better?

The Bump Expert

You're talking about the FDA's recommendation that antihistamines and decongestants not be given to children under age two. Pediatrician Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, says to even avoid giving children cold medicine until age three or four. Luckily, we've got some easy and effective non-medicinal alternatives.

[  ] Make your own steam room. Dress baby in light layers (no blanket), bring her in the bathroom and close the door, and run a hot shower. Sit for 10-15 minutes up to four times a day, and wipe baby's nose or use a bulb syringe afterwards. Remember -- never leave baby alone in the bathroom or bring her in the shower.

[  ] Keep baby in an upright or semi-upright position to encourage nasal drainage. You can also put a pillow under the on end of her crib mattress to elevate her head, but never put pillows in the actual crib.

[  ] Use a humidifier to keep the air moist and prevent nasal secretions from drying out. Use filtered or distilled water (tap water can cause particle buildup and create filmy dust), and clean and dry it every day. Stay away from hot water vaporizers, which can scald or burn.

[  ] Give baby lots of fluid to thin nasal secretions and prevent dehydration, especially if baby has diarrhea.

[  ] Clear baby's nose with a bulb syringe. Squeeze the bulb, gently stick the tip in her nostril, then release.

[  ] Ask your doctor about saline nose drops, which can also loosen mucus.

Plus, more from The Bump:

What to Do When Baby Is Sick

Runny or Stuffy Nose in Baby

Baby Coughing

Jennifer Shu, MD, pediatrician with Children’s Medical Group P.C. in Atlanta and author of Heading Home With Your Newborn (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010)

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

As odd as it sounds we also but mentholatum or vics on the bottom of his feet and then put socks on him. It really helps with the congestion. Only apply 3 times a day. Works great at night time to help him get better rest.

cghoff2009 |

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

Not to endorse any specific products, but I found a Vicks Vaporizer that you put a little pad on. It heats the pad for 8 hours and makes the room smell like vapor rub. Using that and elevating one end of my baby's crib really helped him to sleep through the night.

jdavies71 |

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

Maybe you could try Kratom extract. It could surely help with improving the immune system and that always helps with fighting a nasty cold.

SeanMM |

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

I don't know if you have heard of treatments that require using cannabis seeds. This can be a natural alternative treatment. Some people don't want to do it, but it can help.

JohnnyBB |

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

i am actually going thru this right now. i am using the nasal drops and a product called, little colds, its a rub on, kinda like a vicks but for babies. it all seems to be working.

angelaann868 |

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

I concern myself everyday to be sure that I treat my son correctly. Once he had a medical infection that forced me to buy a lot of baby bloomers and I became somewhat unfaithful to the traditional medicine. Still, after I tried other controlled medical alternatives I reached to the conclusion that my first choice was the best.

LenBrannon |

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

you can use freshly expressed breast milk as saline drops too, I directly squirted some into my sons nose and sucked it out with his bulb syringe and it worked like a charm.

Backpacc |

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

this treatment you speak about with cannabis seeds. How does that work? is there any THC involved? and does it have to be medical cannabis seeds?

alexkemper |

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

vicks vaporizer is the only thing that worked for me my daughter is going through a rough cold and i live in a really weird climate place where it will snow one minute and be sunny the next weird, but my daughters body hates it

sylviaf13 |

Q&A: Cold medicine alternatives for babies?

A drop of breast milk in each nostril to help clear congestion (thought my mum was crazy when she said this but it works if anyone is breast feeding)

gpratt3004 |

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