How to Get a 6 Month Old to Stop Coughing
When your 6-month-old baby is coughing, you want nothing more than to make it stop and help her to feel better. Most coughing is due to a viral infection, which means that medicine won’t solve the problem.
You simply have to let it run its course. Infant cold medicines can be dangerous in a child who is only 6 months old, so you should only give them under the direction of your doctor.
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5 Easy Wat to Stop Babies Coughing
1. Use steam to loosen your baby’s mucus.
Run a very hot shower with the door closed, allowing the room to get steamy. Bring the baby into the bathroom and stay there for 20 minutes. The steam can help her to breath better and loosen up the mucus in her throat and lungs.
2. Run a humidifier at night.
A dry room can exacerbate any coughing problems that your baby may have. A cool-mist humidifier can help relieve his coughing problems. If you want, you can use a eucalyptus enhancer with the humidifier.
3. Feed your baby on demand.
When fighting off a cold, babies need extra calories to help fight the infection. Don’t try to stick to a usual feeding schedule. If your baby seems hungry, feed her.
4. Give the baby additional water or electrolytes, if your doctor approves.
While babies who are younger than 6 months old should not drink anything other than breast milk or formula, he can begin to drink other liquids when he’s 6 months. Giving him water can help him to stay hydrated and can also help to loosen the mucus in his throat. Additionally, a cold drink can help sooth his throat.
5. Keep your baby as upright as possible.
Lying down can make a coughing problem worse, as sinuses drain to the back of the throat. A 6-month-old baby may not be able to sit up on her own, so you may have to spend a lot of time holding her.
Call your doctor if your baby is struggling to breath, has a fever higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, seems very weak, is dehydrated (she has a dry diaper for 6 to 8 hours) or if you are just worried that her illness is out of the norm.
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