Gosh, when ds had whooping cough, the cool mist helped more than the steam. So, you might check about a cool mist vaporizer. It MUST be cleaned DAILY. Any pink stuff growing in it is pseudomonis, and develops a serious respiratory infection. Clean it with vinegar and rinse well. Cleaning out all the pink stuff. Keep it going in the bedroom before bed and all night. At worst case, walk outside, the cool air seems to help.
We gave ds homeopathic Ipecac, when he was coughing so hard to almost vomit. But, it was proscribed by a professional homeopath. I'd just stopped nursing, when dh came down with the whooping cough first, then our son got it.
I almost took him to the hospital, it was so severe. Hydration, and humidification are your best bets. Do some chest percussion to help move secretions. Vit C. Vit. C. Vit. C!!
Fortunately, he was on classical homeopathy, or I'm sure it would have been much worse. We ended up giving him homeopathic "tuberculosis" and "ipecac" when the cough was so retching and compulsive.
Astragalus is an herb for lungs. I don't know a pediatric dose.
Eliminate dairy immediately from both of your diets! All dairy, it creates more mucus production. Do some bone broths. See "Healing the Gut" info: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=434071
70% of the immune system is the digestive system. Here is a link about hidden dairy: http://www.kellymom.com/store/handou...dden-dairy.pdf
We use Sambucol for Kids (also for Adults). It has propolis and elderberry extracts which help lungs/secretions.
I'd see a professional classical homeopath urgently.
She needs constant supervision of her airway.
Also, here is a link to a website that has some info.http://www.home-remedies.info/home-r...ping-cough.htm
And here is a link to another thread discussion that has some good info in it. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=831527
Adding coconut oil, cod liver oil, magnesium, probiotics, vit C, zinc. The probiotics to focus on for a baby are bifidum bacteria.
Also, ask in the Vaccine forum, they'll have some advice. I know it is scary. But, she is older and will recover soon. Ds and dh had it for about 6-8 weeks.