Cough treatment for infants
Cough is a very common problem in children. The most common cause of coughing is a respiratory infection, such as the common cold. Young children usually catch respiratory infections annually, and they are usually caused by viruses, so coughing for infants must be treated in correct ways.
In the first year of life, most babies have up to seven colds. Because most cough and cold medicines are not tested for use in children, cough medicines should not be given to children.
In fact, most cough and cold medicines have been shown to cause side effects in children, especially if not taken properly. You will still need to make your child comfortable in some way.
Since coughing is an important and natural way for your child to remove irritants and mucus from the body, you need to ensure that your child can breathe comfortably despite the cough. Talk to your doctor about nasal aspiration of mucus from your child. Make your baby and toddler's room more comfortable by introducing humidifiers, administering medications, and providing extra fluids.
Cough treatment for infants
To be able to treat your child's cough, follow the natural methods that we will present to you in the following paragraphs to help the child breathe comfortably.
Make a brine:
To prepare a brine, boil tap water and let it cool, or buy distilled water.
Mix one cup of water and add half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water.
Then stir the mixture well and pour into a covered container. You can store the brine at room temperature for up to three days until you are ready to use it.
You can also buy saline solution or saline nose drops from Adam Pharmacy and order it online from the website.
When used correctly, saline solutions and drops are safe for use on children. Follow these steps:
- Add the saline solution to your child's nose. Fill a syringe with the saline solution.
- Lay your baby on his back and tilt his head back slightly.
- Gently hold your baby's head so that you have some control over falling into the solution.
- Slowly and gently add two to three drops of saline solution into each nostril.
- Be careful not to put the tip of the syringe too far into your child's nose.
- Don't worry if your child sneezes on some of the solution.
- Let the solution work for one minute.
- Wipe your child's nose because some of the solution may have leaked or your child may have sneezed.
- Keep your child lying down while you let the saline solution work.
- Do not leave your child unattended or allow excessive head movement before injecting the solution.
Suction of mucus:
Gently press the suction pump and return its tip to the nostril. The tip should only go about 1/4 inch into your child's nostril.
Release the pressure on it to suck out the mucus. Wipe the tip of the bulb with a tissue. You can refill the pump with more saline solution and repeat the suction for each nostril. To thoroughly clean the pump when you're done, wash it in warm, soapy water.
Do not suck mucus from your baby's nose more than four times a day, or else it may irritate the sensitive lining of the nose.
The most beneficial time to clean your baby's nose is before bed or feeding.
Using a nasal spray to treat cough for infants
If you are not comfortable with suctioning your child's nose, you can buy a saline nasal spray. To get the best type, consult the clinical pharmacist at Adam's Pharmacy to prescribe the appropriate type for your condition.
Make sure to choose saline sprays, not medications.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions, and be sure to wipe any saline solution around your child's nose when they're done using the spray.
Keep your baby comfortable by
raising the head of your baby's bed. Elevating your baby's head with a soft pillow or a rolled-up towel can help them sleep better during a cold.
But your child should not have loose blankets or pillows in his crib. To safely raise your baby's head, place a thin pillow or rolled-up towel under the mattress. Elevating your baby's head a little at night can make it easier for him to breathe and sleep more peacefully.
Try to put the baby to sleep on his back to avoid the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Regulating your child's temperature
If your child has a fever, make sure he or she is not over-dressed. Dress your baby in a light layer of clothing, but check on him often to make sure he's warm enough. Touch your baby's ears, face, feet and hands. If you feel hot or sweaty, your baby is probably very hot.
Dressing your child in too warm clothes or in too many layers of clothing can make your child uncomfortable and make it difficult for you to fight a fever or worsen a fever in your child.
Keep the air moist
Run a cool mist vaporizer or humidifier in the baby's room at night to introduce moisture into the room. Water vapor can keep your baby's airways open, making it easier to breathe.
You can also introduce moisture into the air by leaving bowls of water to evaporate if you don't have a steamer.
You can take your baby to the bathroom while taking a hot shower. Close the doors and windows and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam. Make sure your child is kept away from hot water and not left alone in the bath.
This is because the water vapor makes the mucus less viscous, and thus the child can expel it naturally and not feel the difficulty of breathing.
Cough treatment for children
, and after we presented methods for treating cough for infants, we will discuss some methods that help treat cough for a child from the age of two, which are:
Another way to treat cold and cough is the use of lemon, which is known to be very rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which are very necessary To build immunity to fight off conditions like cold and cough.
If you want to apply this remedy, you should mix lemon juice with plenty of water and add some honey to make it easier to drink. But this remedy is recommended for children older than one year.
When your child has a cold and a cough, you can try treating him with vegetable soup, tomato soup, or even chicken soup.
Because vegetables and tomatoes are very rich in antioxidants, vitamins and vital minerals to boost the immunity of the child to fight off diseases. They also have good anti-inflammatory properties to treat this condition. However, it should only be given to children 8 months of age or older. And your child should take it when he is hot.
The above are some of the ways to treat cough in infants naturally that we want to share with you. When your baby has a cold and is coughing, you need to make sure that he gets enough rest. However, if after one week your baby’s condition does not improve, or it is more severe, then your baby may be suffering from Shortness of breath or wheezing, coughing up blood or green or yellow mucus, or a cough that won't stop after choking on something, you should contact your doctor for the best advice.