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My baby has been coughing and sneezing - are there any home remedies to relieve their symptoms or should I take them to the doctor?

Hi everyone,

I'm a new mom and my baby has been coughing and sneezing quite frequently lately. It started off as just occasional coughs and sneezes, but now it seems to have gotten worse. I'm a bit nervous about taking them to the doctor because of the ongoing pandemic situation. I was wondering if there are any home remedies that could alleviate their symptoms.

My baby is around six months old and is otherwise healthy. They've been breastfed exclusively until now but we've started introducing solid foods recently. They're generally happy and active but have been a bit fussy and restless at times because of the coughing and sneezing.

I would be really grateful if anyone could suggest some tried-and-tested remedies that could help soothe their symptoms. I've been giving them lots of fluids and keeping them warm, but maybe there's something else that could help.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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macejkovic.daphne

Hey everyone,

When my son was around six months old, he started sneezing and coughing a lot, just like the symptoms you have described. At first, I tried typical home remedies, like a humidifier and increasing fluids, but his condition did not improve. His symptoms kept getting worse, and he was becoming increasingly fussy.

I initially hesitated to take him to the doctor because of the COVID-19 situation, but in the end, I knew that it was important to get him checked out. It turned out that he had bronchiolitis, so the doctor prescribed him with an inhaler and some medication to take.

The inhaler helped him breathe better, and his coughing and sneezing slowly subsided. I'm happy to say that he was back to his happy self after a couple of days.

So my advice would be, if your baby's symptoms are getting worse or are not improving, it's always best to consult with a pediatrician. It might seem scary going for a check-up during this time, but most doctors' offices are taking good measures to keep everyone safe.

I hope this helps, and everything turns out okay for you and your little one!

ymorissette

Hey there!

I've had a similar experience with my baby before. When she was around six months old, she started coughing and sneezing quite frequently. At first, I tried to manage it at home with humidifiers and nasal saline drops, but her symptoms continued to worsen.

Eventually, I took her to the pediatrician who diagnosed her with a respiratory infection and prescribed some medication to ease her symptoms. I was really nervous about taking her to the doctor because of the pandemic too, but I felt a lot better once we got there because the doctor's office was taking all the necessary precautions to keep patients safe.

I would suggest giving your baby some steam to help clear their airways, but if their symptoms persist or worsen, it's best to err on the side of caution and consult a pediatrician. It's understandable to be nervous right now, but doctors are taking all the necessary steps to keep their patients safe.

I hope this helps and I wish you and your little one all the best!

benedict62

Hello!

I'd like to chime in here with my experience. My daughter had similar symptoms when she was around six months old, and like you, I was hesitant to take her to the doctor because of the ongoing pandemic.

After doing a bit of research, I found that some home remedies that helped alleviate her symptoms included using a cool mist humidifier, elevating the head of her crib to help her breathe easier, and giving her plenty of fluids. I also made sure to keep an eye on her temperature to make sure she didn't have a fever.

Luckily, her symptoms eventually cleared up on their own within a few days. However, I want to stress that every baby is different, and if your little one's symptoms persist or worsen, it's always best to seek advice from a pediatrician.

I hope this helps and I wish you and your baby all the best!

zetta24

Hello there,

I have had some experience with this with my own baby. When my daughter was about the same age, she started coughing and sneezing a lot, and it was worrying me. I tried using a humidifier and some nasal saline drops, but it didn't help much, and her symptoms persisted.

I was hesitant at first to take her to the doctor because of the pandemic situation, but I knew I had to get her checked out. When we went to the pediatrician, they prescribed some medication to help alleviate her symptoms, and we were able to manage it much better.

Even though it's natural to feel worried about taking your baby to the doctor's office, pediatricians are taking all the necessary measures to keep their patients safe during this time. So if your baby's symptoms persist, it's best to seek medical advice from a pediatrician.

I hope this helps, and I wish you and your little one a speedy and healthy recovery.

magdalena02

Hello!

I have some experience dealing with similar symptoms in my baby. When my son was around six months old, he started coughing and sneezing frequently. I was initially worried that he had caught a cold from someone in our home, but his symptoms persisted for several days.

I tried a few home remedies, including humidifiers and saline drops, but they didn't seem to help much. After a few days of persistent symptoms, I took him to the pediatrician who diagnosed him with a mild viral infection.

Although I was initially nervous about taking him to the doctor because of the pandemic, I felt reassured when I saw that our pediatrician's office was taking all the necessary precautions to keep patients safe.

In my experience, it's best to err on the side of caution when your baby is sick. If your little one has been coughing and sneezing for several days or seems to be getting worse, it's definitely worth consulting with the pediatrician to rule out any underlying conditions.

I hope this helps, and I wish you and your baby all the best!

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