So whenever she gets sick, we end up giving her OTC if her cough and nose are really bad. She won't sleep if she is coughing or has a runny nose and I feel awful just letting her cough. Not to mention NO ONE gets sleep if V is awake.
But I started thinking tonight that maybe she is sick for so long because she isn't able to expell the phlegm the way the rest of us do. Suppressing her cough might just let it fester in her chest. Then again, unless we can deal with her runny nose, she is always going to have a cough when she gets sick.
Hmmmm any advice? How do you get a toddler to blow her nose and spit out phlegm?
Often when she is really sick, she will cough so much she will vomit it out. Poor thing.
teaching littlies to blow just means you don't have to wait for the snot to run out, which is very gruesome to look at imho
with coughing, I think it is very hard for littlies to cough phlegm out - coughing it up to the back of the throat is enough as it will then be swallowed, possibly making them puke, but better out of the lungs than in
once again if cough medicine is suppressing the cough or drying/thickening the phlegm then the illness is going to go on longer
So although we almost never give OTC cold medicines, I might at bedtime for one or two nights in the worse of the cold.
Warm chamomile tea? My ds actually really likes tea and it keeps him hydrated and a bit more peaceful. Too, I think that the more hydrated they are, then the easier it is for the mucus membranes to work; ie. have a runny nose. ?
Also, we give Yin Chao.
Some things you can do:
wipe mucus off your daughter's nose when they flow out, apply a little petroleum jelly under the nose so when you wipe off, you do not rub her skin which will eventually get really sore from repeated rubbing or wiping.
Make sure the air in the house is moist, use a humidifier, but make sure the filter is kept clean to avoid bacteria from breeding.
Avoid dairy products and sugar-rich foods. (creates mucus, makes body acidic, which hinders healing)
Avoid orange juice, it's too acidic, and creates more mucus and congestion; instead, try hot lemonade, made with fresh squuezed lemons, a pinch of ginger, a little honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
Offer lots of liquid- vegetable broth, chicken soup, miso soup, etc.
Give your daughter an herbal bath by putting a few drops of eucalyptus, sage or thyme oil into a warm bath; it helps with the mucus in the lungs
HTH, good wishes to you & your family!
People have already mentioned hot baths, hot drinks, and humidifiers...I just wanted to reiterate and to point out that inducing a deluge of gunk, while yucky, will make her feel better and buy all of you some rest time!
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Steam is great -- but we have to be very careful about keeping the thing clean because the littlest bit of mold, and I'm doing them more harm than good. They both have wretched allergies.
Saline nose drops are good too. You can make your own or buy them, but check to make sure they are thimerisol free.
When I do use OTC meds I tend towards plain old robitussin -- The expectorant loosens everything out, makes their coughing more productive. Also, for some bizarre reason, IBprofin tends to sooth their coughing. I dunno. Maybe it works on the inflamation in their airways. Who knows. I tell their ped. and she looks at me like I'm crazy.
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You gotta get that stuff out.
You've also gotten some wonderful advice from the other mommas!!!!
btw...I had luck 'teaching' my girls to blow their noses when they weren't stuffy. I'd show them how to take a breath and then blow with their mouths closed.