I have a 7 month old who has had a cough for 1.5 months now. I had him to the Dr after three weeks and we tried a course of Amoxicillin for 10 days but it didn’t clear up the cough totally.
The Dr thought he may have allergies, so we are trying a cold mist humidifier in our bedroom at night. He continues to cough and is congested in the morning. He coughs up phlegm in the morning. I have also sprayed an allergy spray on our blankets, carpets and pillows to alleviate some allergens.
What other home remedies should I try?Baby Help Line:
What To Do For Baby’s Persistent Cough
6 weeks of persistent cough is a long time for a baby and you did the right thing to seek advice after three weeks. Unfortunately the Amoxicillin didn’t help and it is now time for the next step.
First of all, do you know what triggered the cough in the first place? Did your son have a cold? Sometimes a cough can stay for a long time after any other symptoms of a cold have disappeared and as long as the child isn’t showing other signs of illness, it is not much to worry about.
But there are other possible causes for a chronic cough as well, including allergies, infections in the sinus or airways, acid reflux, and asthma, for example.
I really don’t think you should settle with “maybe allergy” as an answer from your son’s doctor. Require further investigation!
What you can do at home in addition to the humidifier are to:
- Raise the head end of your son’s bed to ease his breathing at night.
- Use only very mild washing powder, soap and shampoo.
- Sometimes a warm bath in humid, moist air can help. Try it before bed time to see if it makes him sleep better.
- Think back if you bought any particular flowers or plants before the cough started. Then check if any of them are very allergenic, and in such case get rid of them.
- A chronic cough can also be a symptom of cow’s milk allergy, so if you have introduced cow’s milk to your son, consider reversing that and see if it helps.(You can read more about the symptoms of milk protein allergy here.)
- If any allergies run in the family, discuss those with the doctor as well.
Aside from allergies, nasal congestion due to sinus infection may be causing mucus producing cough in babies. In that case the mucus does not come from the chest, but rather drips down from the nose and makes the baby cough to evacuate it.
If your baby is also experiencing poor weight gain, despite eating normally, is often constipated and has a salty taste to his skin, running a simple test for cystic fibrosis might be a reasonable thing to do.
Otherwise, I believe your baby will outgrow the cough and the allergies sooner or later.
I hope this helps,
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