3 Month Old With Wheezing and Coughing
My 3 month old daughter started wheezing today. Been coughing for the past 2 days though. The wheezing isn't severe and she's a happy go lucky baby so I know it's not bothering her.
I'm just wondering what I can do to help calm down the wheezing and coughing before making the trip into the doctor's to be told it's really nothing,you know?
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What To Do For Wheezing Baby
When a baby starts wheezing you can sit in the bathroom with her while a hot shower is running the steam while help open her lungs so she can breath better. Using a warm vapour humidifier in her room may help her breath easier in times you cannot make her a steam room in the bathroom.
You need to keep an eye on how labored and rapid her breathing is
and make sure she is not having shortness of breath.
Often, a baby can wheeze a little and still be fine and does not even act sick at all, while sometimes they need to be put on medicine.
Wheezing is a high pitched sound created by the lungs when you exhale. It all depends on how severe the wheezing is and if the baby is sick in other ways too.
On the other hand, wheezing and cough can signify an infection called human respiratory syncytial virus
, but the child would have labored breathing and fever to accompany the cough and wheezing. If either of these symptoms appears, do make a trip to your doctor.
Also, if your daughter is still wheezing after a couple of days, I would take her to your pediatrician. The pediatrician may want her to take albuterol treatments until she is no longer wheezing. So she does not develop an infection in her lungs.
When a child is raspy, they sound congested when they breathe out. It can even rattle their chest. When they are raspy a doctor will usually just tell you to try the shower.
I hope she feels better soon.
Paula(Answer approved by our Medical Doctors Reference Team)
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