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All this h1n1 has got my head all messed up with fear and worry and I've forgotten how to deal with a cough.<br><br>
4 of my kids are/have been sick. Dr *thinks* its <i><b>THE</b></i> flu and says to keep doing what I'm doing. Monitoring, fluids and rest. They all went thru the same thing, except my youngest dd, 7, who has a nasty cough. So, he gave me the spiel of "if she's having trouble breathing take her in..." which is fine, I know that, but now I have to treat this cough and I'm so stressed I cant remember how! Argh!<br><br>
Okay, back to basics.<br><br>
Fluids, annnd?.......<br><br>
TIA!
 

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We do a soothing drink of hot water, lots of honey, lots of lemon juice. It seems to help a bit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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....cool mist humidifier and/or baths for the humidity, pillows to prop the upper body to make breathing easier while sleeping or resting, vitamins c, d and zinc in supplement form or food form, chicken noodle soup, warm drinks like broth or honey lemon or chamomile tea, treat for fever or headache from coughing as you see fit....<br><br>
I used to bundle myself and my daughter up and settle in next to an open window to get some cool damp air to soothe her throat and help her breathe better and cough less during the winter of 98-99, aka the Year of the Endless Chest Cold.
 

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Always keep her warm, specially her throat and at night if she has difficulties to sleep and coughing too much, put her to bed in the tummy sleeping position, make her sleep on her stomach and you'll see, the cough will disappear.
 

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Yes, thank you! I'm such an idiot. I forgot about things like humidifier..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"><br><br>
I've got the chicken bones in the pot now to make some soup, and we'll run out later for vitamins c, d and zinc. Any recommendations for good ones?
 

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Well, I don't think I'm up on the perfect supplements but I try to avoid anything with artificial sweeteners or colors or flavors and still find something that my kids will take.<br><br>
We've been using a gummy supplement for D but D gummies are sold out of every store in town, probably because of recommendations that they help against the flu (I'm in Canada, too).<br><br>
I'm going to try switching to a D drop that doesn't have any added sweetener. Zinc in lozenge form, with a little C added -- and something to suck on helps with the cough, if your little one is old enough to handle something like a cough drop. I have a bag of hard candy my dd uses for this purpose (with much extra teeth-brushing) . C as homemade rosehip-and-honey syrup, added to homemade orange juice or lemonade or herbal tea.<br><br>
You could try asking at a health food store about natural cough and flu remedies. We got some elderberry syrup that my kids also like to take.
 

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The health store would be a good place to start huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"><br><br>
All this madness is really getting to me. I need to close the paper and focus!<br>
Its a cough. I've dealt with many of them before. Shes the youngest of 6, and she's 7.<br><br>
Okay, I'm back on track. Thank you!!
 

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I'm glad to read this as well. DS has a terrible cough, but that's it. He doesn't like the Vit C or Vit D, but I try to get him to take them anyhow.<br><br>
I've also had some luck with quercetin, but I haven't been able to find it in the powder form and DS doesn't take non-chewable pills.<br><br>
I'd forgotten about the humidifier, too. Thanks!
 

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Just remembered another one. Vicks vapour rub on the soles of your feet and then covered with socks before bed! It really works! I would guess using eucalyptus oil would work too.
 

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This is the BEST advice I've heard in awhile lol... Someone told me about it a few weeks ago (wondering how I've been a parent for so long and never heard of it before!) and tried it out the other night.. DS has a minor cough that acts up at night - I put it on his feet and he's been cough free ever since!
 

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For vitamin D, we like 'Baby D Drops'. 400iu Vit D3 (Cholecalciferol) per drop. The only other ingredient is coconut oil.<br><br>
It's US$14 to $25 or so a bottle so depending on your preferred dose it can be pricey. We go for 5 drops a day (2000 iu) so it lasts a couple of months.<br><br>
It's pretty much tasteless and can be dripped on the tongue or added to drinks etc
 

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I hope your LO is feeling better, Shenjall...<br><br>
I was planning on buying some zinc for the kids today and wondering what an appropriate dose would be.<br><br>
My Super Baby Food book is saying 10 mg per day for a 1-3 year old, but it was published quite a while ago. Has anything changed?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Grated ginger and honey in some tea is really nice on the throat. Its anti-inflammaory too. Although sometimes nothing really helps and all you can do is comfort them.
 

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She's getting there, thanks for asking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I remember another one: apple cider vinegar. I put 2tsp in 20oz water and have her sip that throughout the day. She coughed up lots of stuff and had a good nites sleep.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just remembered another one. Vicks vapour rub on the soles of your feet and then covered with socks before bed! It really works! I would guess using eucalyptus oil would work too.</div>
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Great tip! Never heard this one before.<br><br>
I've been doing this because I am the queen of ticklish little lingering coughs that bother me at night for weeks after the slightest cold. Seriously works! And much more pleasant/less messy than Vicks on the chest, etc.<br><br>
I have seen some ready-made eucalyptis-oil based Vicks for infants in drugstores lately if anyone is worried about the camphor.
 
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