Sinus Infection Home Remedy For Babies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I help my 5 month old with a sinus infection flying in a plane?
    Both my son and my fiance have had a cold that led into a sinus infection within 3 days. Both required an antibiotic. My baby girl came down with it last night, not bad though yet. We are leaving on a plane tomorrow morning at 8am, I am affraid the plane will intense the sinus pain and really hurt her. Does anyone have any home remedies? I am taking her to the doctor but her usual one is not in and I am affraid this one will not give her an antibiotic then we will be in florida without anything. I know about the saline nose drops and we are already using those and I will have her nurse or suck a bottle during take off and landings. Any other suggestions?
    To Paul K---- It is really important we go-- as my mother-in-law is the only "family" we have left and we just found out she is terminally ill and this may be her last trip... May want to think before answering a question... Anyways,,, I took her to the doctor and she has a double ear infection,,,, we got antibiotics and we will use tylenol and motrin.... I am sure she will be fine and we will have a wonderful trip and a very loving christmas as my family will be with me... Thanks to all that answered...

    • ANSWER:
      Stay home with your family.

  2. QUESTION:
    Sinus infection and meds while breastfeeding?
    My daughter is 6 weeks old. I am breastfeeding her. The thing is I have what I think is a sinus infection coming on and my appointment with the doc isnt until a week from now.What I wanted to know is what are some home remedies to help cope with infection.. and if there was anything i can do at home to help from getting it worse. I am taking benadryl cause I know its safe to take while breastfeeding.. But what are other things i can take or do that won't harm my baby through breast feeding?

    • ANSWER:
      There are plenty of things you can do to stay comfortable, including steam treatments and saline nasal sprays. I’m linking the Kelly Mom site that has detailed medicine and breastfeeding compatibility info, along with other things you can do to help you.

      The only thing to watch out for is pseudoephedrine (in the regular Sudafed) because it works by drying up your fluids, including your breastmilk. Some women found it reduced their milk supply by 24%. According to Kellymom, those reformulated medications, the ones where they took out the pseudoephedrine and replaced it with phenylephrine are safer because they won’t reduce your supply.

      Good luck, and as you know, keep nursing because you’re passing your immunities to your baby!

      "Mom's use of Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton are generally regarded to be compatible with breastfeeding, but always double-check the active ingredients. Monitor your infant for possible drowsiness if you use an antihistamine. The non-sedating antihistamines (below) are generally preferred and are less likely to sedate baby."

  3. QUESTION:
    What can I do to relieve my 2 year olds sinus infection?
    My 2 year old has the RSV virus for the first time. Her doctor says that he only wants her on baby Tylenol when she's sick (no cold medicine) So her Tylenol has been working on her fevers but doesn't do anything for her sinus infection. I was wondering if anyone knew of a home remedy other then steam (she has a fever so I don't want to do that and chance making the fever worse.)

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Missy. It's a serious issue that needs to be monitored closely. See another doctor. To help with sinus pressure I'd say use a Vick's vaporizor and use the Vick's liquid inside it. Use two pillows at night to help prop them up so they aren't laying flat and letting everything settle in the head. You can also turn the shower on very hot so there's lots of steam and close the bathroom door. Stand up in the bathroom and breathe the air. Good luck... and certainly get a second opinion.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a sinus infection if antibiotics don't work?
    I've had a sinus infection for two and half months and have been on two antibiotics now and still have this infection, does anyone know how to get rid of these in a matter of a few days? Thanks SO much!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some home remedies I have tried, I dont know if they will work in a few days but anything is worth a shot when feeling lousy, Thanks so much for your help. Yes, Im calling the Doctor tommorrow. My baby Brother Died from Cancer in October of '07 so Im hoping its just an infection or something, something minor, you know.. anyways here are those home remedies and thanks again for your help. Feel free to drop a line anytime :)

      TOP 5 HOME REMEDIES FOR SINUS INFECTION

      You should inhale steam vapors periodically. This is a very simple yet effective home remedy for sinus infection. All you have to do is bow your head over a hot water bowl so that the steam can reach your face directly. Start inhaling the steam vapors. Repeat this for 2-3 mins as many times as it is convenient to do so. The main purpose is to thin the usually thick mucus so that drainage is enhanced.

      Consumption of garlic juice or garlic capsules. It has been said that garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Since a sinus infection could be either bacterial or fungal in nature, the properties of garlic should be an effective natural cure. Another option is to put some chopped fresh garlic in a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam 2-3 times a day. This is another effective home remedy for sinus infection.

      Another natural cure and home remedy for sinus infection is to use Apple Cider Vinegar, which contains potassium. This helps decrease mucus production and have shown to be beneficial as a natural home remedy of sinus infection, runny nose and the common cold. Mix 2 teaspoonfuls of organic Apple Cider Vinegar in a full glass of warm water and drink it up. Do this 3 times a day.

      Food allergy is one of the major causes of sinus infection. It may sound preposterous, but many people have found that avoiding certain food groups totally cured them of this condition! For chronic sinus infection sufferers, you need to avoid taking dairy products, wheat, eggs, chickens, ducks, chocolates, peanuts, bananas and corn. To be absolutely sure which food group you may be allergic to, a diagnostic blood test is highly recommended. Therefore, avoiding certain food groups which are known to cause allergic reactions can be a simple and yet effective home remedy for sinus infection.

      Nasal irrigation. This is a highly touted and extremely effective natural cure and proven home remedy for sinus infection.

      Aside from these natural cure to fight sinus infection, you should endeavor to improve your general health and build up a strong immune system.

      By doing so, you will be less susceptible to fungal, viral and bacterial infections which could subsequently lead to sinus infection. Viruses are around us all the time and a healthy immune system is developed by eating right, staying in shape and exercise frequently.

      You should also set a goal of drinking around 10 glasses of water everyday. This helps to thin out the mucus which is naturally produced by the body and allows easy drainage through the nasal passages. Besides, if your system is well hydrated it can also help prevent ill health since the body's immune system deteriorates if there is insufficient water in the body.

      Adopting a home remedy to fight sinus infection, both mild and recurrent, may save you a few trips to the doctor! However, if you suspect that you have sinus infection and the symptoms remain even after trying out these home remedies, it could well mean that your body's immune system is weakened. In this case, it is advisable to consult a physician as soon as possible.

  5. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to clear a stuffy baby?
    what other home remedies can you use, besides the steamy shower, or the nose sucker(frightful toy ) in my home?

    • ANSWER:
      They cannot blow their noses until they are 2 or 3 years old......

      Regular aspirators do not work.....
      you have to get the baby vac.......available on the website or at the baby/toddler shows (that's where I purchased mine)
      they use this in hospitals.......

      http://babyvac.com (in the U.S.)
      http://babyvac.ca (in Canada)

      this helps prevent further infection like ear or sinus infections....
      clears them right up.....
      I love this thing!! It works! and my daughter is so much better....

      for now keep your baby upright so it's easier for them to breathe........and try some Vick's.......put a layer of Vaseline then the Vick's.......unless you have Baby Vick's vapo rub......

      also bathe them in the Johnson's Vapo Bath......and I believe there is cream for that too......

      use a humidifier as well to moisten the air.......like Vick's Vaporizer and SALINEX too.

      Hope this helps.

  6. QUESTION:
    How did everyday medical problems get "treated" in the 1800's?
    As a mom there are days that I think I am having a hard day until I think about how women did it in the 1800's. How did they deal with things like, diaper rash, teething babies, diarrhea, allergies, colic, menstral cycles, yeast infections, urinary tract infections, sinus infections, ear infections etc etc, in the 1800's. You know the stuff we just can go straight to the doctor for now. Anyone know?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      They often used home remedies or things that are seen as "alternative medicine" today. In the days of modern medicine, many of these old remedies have been lost or forgotten in favour of advances in medicine. Unfortunately, in those days it was also more common for things seen as relatively minor illnesses now to get out of control and be really dangerous; for example, a minor ear infection that could be easily treated today might have gotten serious and caused permanent deafness back then. The best input I can give is to say not to dismiss traditional home remedies, but also be glad that we now have modern medicine as a backup if they don't fix the problem.

  7. QUESTION:
    Things I can do for my 7mnth old baby whos got a cold?
    7 month old baby girl who's got one of the worst colds so far. Nose is running-like dripping down her face. Eyes are red and puffy. No fever. Any "home remedies"? treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter gets like this once in a while. We always keep a humidifier in her room to keep the air moist. Make sure you keep her nose clean by sucking out all the stuff with a nasal aspirator/ bulb syringe. Also you can put a couple of drops of saline solution before hand and that really helps to loosen up the stuff in her sinus cavity.
      *my little girl hates getting her nose sucked but if I wrap her up in a blanket like swaddle style she is much more calm and can't fling herself around or put her hands in the way and I don't have to really hold her down which makes her even more panicky:)
      Another important thing to remember is a baby with a runny nose can easily get an ear infection, so keep her head elevated by propping her mattress up with a phone book so that the fluid doesn't flow into her ears through her sinuses. keep checking for a fever and if she gets diarrhea or vomiting you need to bring her to her doctor immediately. Good luck mommy.

  8. QUESTION:
    Will being sick your first month of pregnancy harm a baby?
    I have a sinus infection and am SUPPOSED to take Augmentin twice a day for 2 weeks... 1.) Will the infection harm a possible pregnancy? 2.) Would Augmentin go to the baby and hurt or kill it?

    • ANSWER:
      1) Sinus infections are relatively common in pregnancy because of the increased nasal congestion, and fighting one may require the use of antibiotics. Women with asthma should pay special attention to their breathing and see their practitioner without delay if they are having difficulty.

      If you develop a severe cough, rest assured that the fetus is protected inside your uterus--you cannot cough so hard that you miscarry or go into labor. However, the loss of urine is, unfortunately, pretty common.

      2) Augmentin® (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium) is a Pregnancy Category B medication.

      Meaning:
      Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but that do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies.

      When Augmentin was given to pregnant rats and mice, it did not cause any problems. Studies have shown that Augmentin crosses the placenta to the baby in humans, but it does not appear to cause problems. Although the medication has not been systematically and adequately studied in pregnant women, case reports and surveys seem to suggest that Augmentin does not increase the risk of birth defects or miscarriages.

      However, since Augmentin has not been adequately studied in pregnant women, it may have negative effects that are not currently known. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine should be given to a pregnant woman only if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to the unborn child.

      So if your doctor prescribed it knowing that you are pregnant, than the continue to take it. Obviously the infection is more dangerous in his mind to be left untreated than the medicine.

      If you are still concerned about taking the medicine however, you can try to at home, non-medicine remedies for sinus infection that are perfectly harmless to you and baby. Such as:

      * Drink plenty of fluids, as this will help to thin secretions. Water, chicken soup, juices, and warm tea are good sources.
      * Use a humidifier. Place it close to your face when you sleep. During the day, you can make a tent out of a sheet draped over your head. Stay under the tent for 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
      * Rub a mentholated product (like Vicks Vaporub) on your chest according to package instructions.
      * For nasal stuffiness, use saline drops. You can buy these at drugstores
      or prepare a solution at home. Just dissolve 1/4 teaspoon salt in 8ounces of water. Place a few drops in each nostril, wait 5 to 10 minutes, and then gently blow your nose.
      * To make breathing easier, sleep in a recliner or prop up your head with lots of pillows so that you are in a semi-upright position.
      * Take a warm shower. This can help clear nasal stuffiness and mucus.
      * Get plenty of rest.

      Good luck and congratulations on the baby. Hope your infection clears up soon!

  9. QUESTION:
    My husband is sick, and I want to know what it could be and how I can help?
    My husband isnt feeling very well. He has a headache, stuffy nose, sinus pressure, body aches and his eyes hurts. Anyone know of home remedies that could help make him feel better or something else that could help him.
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    • ANSWER:
      A nasal flush, then to bed with an ibuprofen or whatever pain reliever helps him.

      For the nasal flush mix 8 oz of slightly warm water with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda. I use a baby nasal aspirator (but a neti pot works great too) to gently flush it in one nostril, alternating nostrils, while the water goes into the sinuses then comes out the other nostril. It's kind of uncomfortable if he's really sick, but 3x a day and if he doesn't already have a sinus infection, he should be back to normal in 1-2 days. If he's already got a sinus infection (green or orange stuff coming out of nose) then he'll require an antibiotic. But the nasal flush will help, so do that too.

      You could also make him some vegetable broth with a ton of organic spinach boiled in it then strained out. That has a zillion minerals and will help him fight the infection.

  10. QUESTION:
    I have sinus congestion, left ear pain and left jaw pain. What could I have?
    I have had sinus congestion and drainage for a few weeks. A few days ago my upper jaw on the left side started hurting when I opened my mouth too wide or chewed gum. Then two days ago my left ear started hurting a bit. Are these things related and what is it and what can I do about it (over the counter medicines). Also, I am pregnant, so any recommendations on medicine have to be okay for the baby too.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a sinus infection to me. I get the same ear/jaw pain if my maxillary (cheek) sinus is infected too. Maybe you should call your OBGYN's office before you take any OTC meds, just to be safe. The nurses would definitely be able to give you definitive medication answers.

      Also, the Mayo Clinic website has some info for at-home treatment of sinusitis that I've found helpful:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acute-sinusitis/DS00170/DSECTION=lifestyle-and-home-remedies

      The warm compresses and drinking lots of liquids helped me out, especially. Feel better soon! :)

  11. QUESTION:
    How do i prevent my baby girl from getting ear infections?
    my lil girl will be one next week and she been getting ear infections since she was about 3 months and i dont know why i try to keep her in the house but when she do go out she have a hat but every time i take her to the doctor she have one i just want to know how can i prevent it

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure that she sits when drinking from a bottle or cup instead of laying down. Keep sinus drainage to a minimum (make her blow her nose or suck it out) and some parents even go as far as putting cotton in the ears of their children so the wind doesn't blow in them.

      I ultimetly had to have tubes put into the ears of my child when he was two. It was a very quick surgery and he had recovered in the same day. Sometimes ear infections can't be prevented without medical help.

      **Just keep in mind that not every ear infection that she develops should be treated with an antibiotic. Sometimes home remedies are better because the antibiotics can and will do more harm than good. Ask your pediatrician the next time she has one if you can look into having tubes put in her ears.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy for a sinus infection?

    • ANSWER:
      take a really really hot shower. when you get out blow your nose real hard.you loose a lot of the congestion and pressure - it will feel a little better :) take a nap with that baby too - rest helps :)

  13. QUESTION:
    sinus any home remedies for drying them up?
    Tried every thing I know nothing seems to help.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is to flush them out daily, sometimes twice a day, using a bulb syringe (like you use for babies) and warm, slightly salted water (you want to put a little salt in the water to bring it up to the proper pH level of your body, so it won't sting as much, table salt works fine). After a few days of flushing them and cleaning the sinus cavities out, you will definately notice a difference :) Also, not smoking, and cleaning the air filter in your home regularly will help alot on your sinuses.
      If you are looking for other means, I found an article on some natural herbal suppliments that can help:
      Among the herbs most frequently claimed to alleviate sinus
      symptoms are the following:
      • Echinacea. Thought to enhance the immune system and
      help prevent infections, this popular herb is used widely to
      reduce the symptoms and duration of colds and flulike
      illnesses. Laboratory studies have suggested that it enhances
      the body’s replication of T cells, white blood cells used to
      fight infection. Clinical trials looking at the efficacy of
      echinacea for infections have yielded mixed results.
      • Goldenseal. Referred to as nature’s antibiotic because of its
      presumed antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties,
      this herb was introduced to early settlers by Cherokee
      Indians, who used it as a wash for skin diseases and wounds.
      After the Civil War, it became an ingredient in many patent
      medicines, and today its adherents use it to treat everything
      from sore throats to canker sores to premenstrual syndrome.
      Goldenseal’s benefits are often attributed to berberine, an
      active ingredient.
      • Bromelain. Thought to reduce inflammation, bromelain is
      a compound present in pineapples. Three studies performed
      in the 1960s showed that patients who took bromelain
      tablets with an antibiotic reported greater sinusitis symptom
      relief (reduced nasal inflammation, mucus discharge, and
      congestion) than people who took the antibiotic alone.

      Hope this helps!

  14. QUESTION:
    my child has cold and cough also ear infection what can i do?
    my 11 months boy baby had cold and cough 1o days back ,fever was high only in nicht times,doctor gave augmentin antibiotic syrup 3 days we gave but he had diahorea and vomiting so we stopped but he got fever and ear pain so took to dr he sais not to stop antibiotic and gave another syrup also pain syrup.what can i do to avoid baby from cold?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some remedies for different symptoms you or the kid might experience:

      NAUSEA:
      *Sip room temp ginger ale. Nibble some ginger snaps. If you can get powdered ginger into your guts, that's the most effective natural remedy. I sometimes put it in capsules & swallow it, or I mix some in with applesauce. It doesn't taste great, but it works. You know you've had enough when you burp & taste ginger.
      *Room temp, FLAT cola. Or coke syrup. Emetrol is the same type of stuff if they don't have coke syrup at the store. I have even gone to the McDonald's drive-thru in a pinch & asked for coke syrup. They gave me some!
      *When I'm desperate & I have nothing else at home & do NOT feel up to running out to the store, I take a Dramamine (meclazine). It will help you sleep a few hours & take away your dizziness & nausea for a while.
      *Clear liquids for now. Tea & juice at room temp, not cold. Cold will further shock & upset your stomach. Drink only 1 or 2 ounces at a time.
      *FOOD: only if you can: eat light carbohydrates in small amounts- toast or crackers. As your tummy de-nauseates, graduate to light protein, like chicken breast or fish. Fatty foods are the last thing to add to your diet.
      *ACUPRESSURE POINTS: Apply pressure to the webbing between your thumb & index finger on either hand. Use firm, deep pressure & a rapid massaging movement for several minutes. I don't mean caress it. Using the same kind of motion & pressure, rub with your thumb or thumbnail on the top of your foot between the tendons of the second & third toes.
      *The last option is to go ahead & allow yourself to vomit. This does not mean MAKE yourself vomit. That is not recommended.

      SINUSES, NOSE, THROAT, AND LUNGS:
      Boil some salty water in a pot on the stove. Turn off the burner. Blow your nose & cough out some phlegm. Make a steam hood by draping a small-to-medium-sized towel over your head & the pot. Breathe the salty steam in your nose, out your mouth several times. Breathe some in your mouth & out your nose a few times as well. Blow your nose often. Keep this up until the steam stops. You can do this trick a few times throughout the day until you feel better. Salt is great.

      OVER THE COUNTER MEDS TO TRY:
      **Sinus decongestant: Phenylephrine 5mg. You don't necessarily need all the extras it's often mixed with.
      **Expectorant: Guaifenisen (Mucinex is the brand name, but it's way cheaper at dollar stores. Always read ingredients!!) liquefies your mucus so it's much easier to expel. But you have to drink TONS of water or it won't work, & you must be near a bathroom because it makes you pee a lot. (yet causes constipation... another reason to stay hydrated!)
      **Pain, inflammation, body aches, headache, fever: Ibuprofen (Advil) should be alternated with Acetaminophen (Tylenol).

      IMPORTANT! IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT:
      -Stay home. (even one day can make a difference. plus, you'll keep your germs to yourself.)
      -Sleep!!
      -Drink plenty of water. (8 8oz servings a day=bare minimum!! pee out those germs & flush 'em away!!)
      -Take vitamin C, zinc, and echinacea.
      -Eat garlic. (sorry, but it really is great for your health! and it will give you a good reason to stay home. hehe)
      -Wash hands well & often. Moisturize skin to keep from cracking your hands to bits.
      -Avoid milk & chocolate, which thicken your mucus and make your fight that much harder.
      -Moderate exercise helps too!

      NOTE: the meds and garlic are harsh, so don't take them on an empty or upset stomach.

      COUGHING FITS:
      >DAY: Mucinex and water. (generic is fine, and cheap!) Cough it out while you're awake.
      >NIGHT: Delsym (cough suppressant, DEXTROMETHORPHAN). Get some restful, coughless sleep.
      HOMEMADE EXPECTORANTS: Mix very hot water, cayenne pepper, white vinegar, and honey. >GARGLE & SPIT OUT!!!!!!!<
      Or drink hot water with lemon and honey.

      NOTE: I am not a doctor or nurse. Consult a medical professional to tailor any of the above suggestions to your particular circumstances, especially taking into consideration your weight, age, health, whether you're pregnant or nursing. FEEL BETTER SOON!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Sinus Pressure and headaches?
    I am pregnant and with the weather change they are kicking up again and bad. Any home remedies I can try? My doc said no sinus meds.

    • ANSWER:
      warm moist washcloth on your sinuses. breath in the steam. try warm saline rinses of the nasal cavities - bend over the sink until your nostrils point upward. take one of those rubber bulbs typically used to pull snot from a babies nostrils. use it to squirt the warm salt water into the nose. let the stuff drain out and repeat on both sides until you've gone through a cup of the solution. this helps with all sorts of sinus troubles including infection. good luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    30 wks preggo...and having a head cold, sinus drainage, sore throat--what home remedies will help?
    Ok, so i am 30 wks preggo and i have a head cold---the drainage is making me so nauseated, i have been throwing up the last few days..i am trying to stay hydrated cuz i know that helps with the mucus--keeps it thinned out...any ideas what to do to feel better or to take to help dry it up? The dr said that i could take Chlrotrimeton (sp) in my first trimester when sick with this, but it made me feel like crap...should i risk taking it again??
    WTF?? I cant take that while pregnant?? what are you thinking?? If i wasnt pregnant, then i might try it, but what are you on?? serious answers PLEASE!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Uggg, I feel your pain. Well, felt your pain. With my first pregnancy, I came up with the WORST sinus infection of doom ever, and I wanted to avoid antibiotics, obviously.

      First, great on keeping hydrated. You're right, it will help thin the mucus. Make sure you get at least 64 oz of fluid a day - that's 8 8-oz juice glasses or 4 16-oz tumbler glasses of fluid. Lemon water or lemonade is a great way to increase your vitamin C intake naturally while increasing your fluids.

      Second, steam! This comes is two great forms, one of which is a hot shower, the second of which is a hot beverage. Warning on the shower, though. Raising your body temperature for long periods of time can cause damage to the baby, so keep the hot showers short (under 15 minutes). For loosening the stuffed nasty head, soak your washcloth under the hot water and drape over your face. This helps trap steam and prevent the ACK I"M DROWNING feeling. Look down a bit, but not enough to drop the washcloth, and stand directly under the flow of water. Allow the water to flow over your face. The washcloth will help keep the water out of your nose and mouth. Other than the steam, this also helps because the warmth of the water increases the blood flow to the area of infection, which in this case, is your sinuses.

      Additionally, take lots of soups, especially tomato based vegetable soups. Increased vitamin intake, fluids and steam in one yummy, lower calorie bowl.

      For sore throats, put 1 tablespoon each of honey, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice into an 8 oz cup and fill with water. Heat this in the microwave and sip on it while it's hot. My hubby makes this for me when I have a nasty sore throat; it helps me sleep.

      Additionally, fresh garlic will help your sore throat. Crush or mince fine a garlic clove and put it in a spoon. Drizzle over this a fair amount of olive oil or honey. Swallow this. Allicin is a chemical found in garlic and onions which is similar in nature to penicillin, and it is naturally antibacterial and antibiotic. This will help kill any infection. Honey is also antibacterial in nature. If you enjoy the taste of fresh garlic, try minced garlic with a mild olive oil, salt and pepper and a bit of parmesan cheese over a hot potato or scraped up on crusty bread. This is a tasty way to enjoy your medicine.

      If you absolutely must take a decongestant, Sudafed is the only OTC decongestant you can take while pregnant, although your practitioner may allow Benadryl as well. I've found that Sudafed dries me out so unnaturally that I have to take steps to be extra hydrated to prevent that terrible hollow dry feeling that comes to the sinuses after taking it. I recommend only using an OTC method if the nastiness is keeping you awake at night; the hot shower method may be able to clear you up enough to help you sleep. Sleep is important for that growing baby!

      Hope this helps!

  17. QUESTION:
    26 weeks prego and bad head cold?
    I went to the doctor on Tuesday and she just told me to take Sudafed every 4 hours and suck on Sucrets. It doesn't seem to help at all. My throat is hurting so bad and my ear hurts from time to time. At night it is hard to sleep due to being uncomfortable and congested. Does anyone have any good home remedies that are safe for the baby? Cause my doctor told me today when I called her again, I just need to rought it out. Help, please and thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Mucinex is also acceptable to use. It thins out the mucus, lets it drain away, allowing your head to clear a little and allows you to sleep.

      Home remedy- my grandpa's favorite- Salt water. You can buy something like Ayr, which is only salt water(it'll say saline solution - same thing), or you can mix it up at home. The idea is you spray it up your nose. Salt water dissolves the mucus and actually soothes the swollen sinuses a bit.

      If this doesn't work, you can try the following;

      2 teaspoons of salt, two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (MUST be apple cider vinegar) mixed into 4 oz oof warm water. Same thing, you snuff it up your nose. Works pretty well, even on sinus infections. BUT, it tends to burn a bit.

      For the throat, lemon juice and honey- make sure it is pasturized honey, raw honey is bad for pregnant women and babies. Make a tea out of it, or hot lemonaide. You can drink it or gargle it, whichever you like.

  18. QUESTION:
    I'm 12 weeks pregnat w/my second child and I've have a cold for over 3 weeks. Any advise on home remedies?
    Like I said, I'm pregnant so I know I can't take hardly anything anyway. But I know that there are a lot of home remedies that I don't know about. It started out as an extreme sore throat, heavy cough and runny nose; but now for the last 2 weeks it's been nothing but a stopped up / runny nose. I'm not lying when I say that I can ONLY breathe (out my nose) for maybe an hour during the day (if that). At night and during the day, I have to breathe w/my mouth and today it's caused me HORRIBLE chapped lips and that space between my nose and mouth. I'm in such pain w/that plus my stopped up nose. It's weird b/c I can't blow my nose w/out it feeling like my ears are about to POP OFF, but it's easy to (sorry to be so graphic) 'suck it back' and spit it out. I don't know what's wrong with me. I hope some mothers will read this and be able to relate because I'm in desperate need of help. Please, ANY ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      talk to your doctor immediately, they can let you know of safe options and you may have an infection that can cause damage to the baby.
      i had a sinus infection for 3 weeks at the end of my first pregnancy....it went away almost the minute i gave birth.
      vaporizer is great. if you don't have one, just boil large pots of water. lots of chapstick, even on the raw area between your nose and lips. don't know the safety of herbal teas but my aunt (and therefore the rest of the family) swears by licorice soothing throat tea. or you can make your own hot tea with lemon and honey (i know babies can't have honey but what about fetuses?) gargle with salt water. saline only nose spray. there is a vaporizing body wash that johnson&johnson makes for babies....take a bath in that. put a HALLS cough drop in hot/boiling water and breathe the steam. go to the chiropractor, but let them know you are preggo. i was always told by my OBGYN that all tylenol products are safe during pregnancy but i know that certain products can only be used during certain months/weeks.
      good luck!! and if a mommie read this, it wasn't too graphic or gross....mommies are used to gross!

  19. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my throat?
    Yesterday morning I woke up with a sore throat. It felt like I couldn't swallow and there was a lump there. I looked in the mirror and my throat looked red and my tonsils looked slightly swollen. I felt my glands and they felt swollen aswell. I tried to eat but it hurts too much even to drink. As the day went on my throat started to feel way worse but I don't know what's wrong with it. There's no whit spots or anything just looks inflamed and its painful when I swallow.

    • ANSWER:
      My first advice is to go to the doctor. If it hurts too much to drink, then you should get checked out because you don't want to get dehydrated.

      You probably have a swollen lymph node because of a viral infection. If your feel like your glands are swollen, they probably are. You can look at this little map of the lymphatic system in your neck and face to figure out if you had swelling in any of the areas: http://www.painneck.com/images/lymph-nodes.jpg Don't panic though... the lymph nodes are designed to suck in bacteria and infection, so they are doing their job! It means your body is trying to fight something off.

      For a sore throat, the BEST cure in the world is apple cider vinegar. Take a tablespoon or two and drink it really fast. Apple cider vinegar kills all the bacteria in your throat all at once. Some people gargle with it first, swallow it, and then drink a few more tablespoons. http://www.livestrong.com/article/121317-apple-cider-vinegar-home-remedies/
      *p.s. If you take 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every day, it aids in preventing seasonal allergies, stomach problems, aids in immune system strength, and many other things. Dilute it with water though to protect the enamel on your teeth. It also works as a sleep aid: in a small mug, add boiling hot water and apple cider vinegar (enough to taste the sourness of the vinegar), as well as a little honey. Sip it while you're trying to fall asleep in bed. Knocks me out every time.

      There's a possibility that you may have strep throat. Strep throat makes your throat red, sometimes with white spots. Fever, chills, headache, and nausea is common too. Strep needs antibiotics, so the sooner you go to the doctor, the better. Untreated strep can cause major problems. The doctor can test your throat for the bacteria with a throat culture. Basically, he'll take a long q-tip, and quickly swab your throat. It doesn't hurt or anything. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/throat-culture#hw204009 You'll probably start feeling better in a week... even sooner with antibiotics.

      Another possibility is mononucleosis, which is a viral infection. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/infectious-mononucleosis-topic-overview. Usually people who get mono have very weak immune systems It's important that you really baby this virus, if in fact you have it. A quick blood test can prove it. It comes with a sore throat, fever (sometimes high), swollen glands, weakness, extreme fatigue, and irritated tonsils. Also, mono attacks the spleen which is located on the upper left side of your abdomen. If you feel a tenderness or pain there, it could mean that the spleen is enlarged... go to the emergency room just in case. (A friend of mine had mono and her spleen ruptured. It took 6 months to get all the toxins out of her body. So don't wait to get medical attention.) With mono, it's important that your diet contains mostly raw vegetables, no hot drinks, no caffeine, and no sweets. If you feel tired, rest. If you don't baby it, it's possible that you could develop encephalitis (swelling in the brain).

      Some information about where sore throats come from: http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/tc/sore-throat-topic-overview
      Here are some natural remedies for sore throats: http://www.health911.com/sore-throat

      Ways to strengthen your immune system: http://www.health.harvard.edu/flu-resource-center/how-to-boost-your-immune-system.htm

      A few tips:
      -Try to drink soothing drinks like throat comfort tea. Also, if you cut a lemon in half, juice one half into a mug of boiled hot water with honey, it'll help a lot.
      http://www.yogiproducts.com/products/details/throat-comfort/
      -Suck on throat lozenges, popsicles, and you could take tylenol(acetaminophen) or advil(ibuprofen). They provide some temporary relief.
      -Invest in a neti pot. It's a natural way to flush out your nose/sinus. I use mine almost every day. (Boil the water first though and let it cool to lukewarm to kill any bacteria in the water!) http://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-pain-pressure-11/neti-pots For the time being, just try to breathe in steam if you can. Pour boiling water in a heat safe bowl and put your face close to it and breathe.
      -Try to breathe in through your nose only, instead of breathing in with your mouth. Our noses are awesome because they filter the air and actually put moisture in it, so it doesn't dry out throats out.
      -Try to take a lot of vitamin C. Try Emergen-C packets. They're awesome. http://www.emergenc.com/ It's almost impossible to overdose on Vitamin C. A bottle will say 500mgs is the daily amount, but you can take up to about 5000-6000mgs without side effects.

      Hope you get better soon! Sore throats are so annoying!

  20. QUESTION:
    apple cider vinegar for sinuses?
    does it really work? i have a sinus infection that will not go away. it flares up then goes away, then flares up, so on...
    will any apple cider vinegar work?

    • ANSWER:
      No mate, not just any apple cider vinegar will work ...... it has to be Raw Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.

      http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com/home-remedies.html

      To help relieve the pain of sinusitis, both Patrick Quillin PhD, in his book Amazing Honey Garlic and Vinegar, and Cynthia Holzapfel, in her book Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss and Good Health, suggest drinking a glass of water with 1 or 2 teaspoons of ACV added, every hour for 6 to 8 hours.

      Ensure that you sip it through a straw to protect the enamel on your teeth.

      For sinus headache, Marie Nadine Antol, in her book The Incredible Secrets of Vinegar, recommends adding an eight of a cup of ACV to a cool-air vaporizer and inhaling the infused-air directly for 5 minutes.
      After that lie down for 20 minutes and wait for your respiratory passages to clear.

      For excess mucus in the nose, throat, or sinus cavities (post nasal drip), try a solution of warm water and 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Place a small amount in the palm of your hand, block one nostril, then place the other nostril into the vinegar solution and sniff hard. You'll experience the disinfecting and mucus-cutting benefits of apple cider vinegar deep into your sinus cavities. Let the solution run down the back of your throat then spit it out. After that, repeat with the other nostril.

      It must be organic raw and unfiltered to obtain full benefits ...... as the commercial varieties have had so much goodness taken from them that they could really never possibly be used for therapeutic purposes ....... ACV will also increase the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy and aid in digestion and help enormously in getting your body running smoothly........... so it has an alkalising affect on your body.

      Shake the bottle well too so that the Mother (active ingredient) in it is well dispersed throughout the ACV.

      peace baby

  21. QUESTION:
    i always have sinus infections(natural remedies or good brand of store medicine)..?
    ive been having random sinus infection since i was about twelve...im sixteen..My doctor told me that it was because of my cat so my mom made me get rid of it..i will admit it calmed down but now i recently moved in apartent full of cats( neighborhood cats) i love cats so much and i just want to hold them but i dont of course..so anyways i was just saying that might be it but idk..anyways i havent had a sinus infection like the one i have right now since i had my cat...(in a whinnie baby voice)and it hurts and i sound funny..and my head hurts..): waahh cure me! No jk i ran out of sinus medicine and i just wanted to kno if anybody kne any natural home remedies..( my doctors appoiment is next tuesday since the holdiay and i just cant wait that long)i just talk to way much...home remedies??? or good store bought medicine??
    if you read all of my writing you would understand thats not an option..wow maybe you should grow up and get a life...

    • ANSWER:
      Have you been to an allergist and tested to see what you are allergic to? I had many sinus infections and antibiotics were not helping so Dr sent me to allergist. I was tested and am allergic to cats & dust (which is unavoidable) I started getting weekly allergy shots. Still having symptoms So I saw an ear nose & throat Dr (ENT) They did a ct scan of sinuses and saw I had infection in ethmoid sinus cavity. so I had surgery. surgery did not help. did another ct scan and found scar tissue from previous surgery. So had scar removal surgery. Finally a little relief but still terrible Allergy symptoms. Home remedies did not work for me personally but you can buy a sinus rinse at drug store. It helps remove allergens that cause symptoms. Also mucinex D is great. It helps clear nasal passages and reduce sinus swelling. But it is not a cure it will only help you deal until you can get to Dr. good luck

  22. QUESTION:
    Chronic Sinus Infections are making me CRAZY!?
    I just had my third baby 5 months ago. The whole time I was pregnant with her, I had chronic sinus infections. I think I had one every 6 weeks or so. I'd get a cold or be exposed to something (I have no idea what!), and then I'd get stuffed up and in a about a week I'd have a raging infection. I've taken so many antibiotics that I've actually become immune to some of them. Since I had my baby I've had 3 more sinus infections, and I'm battleing one right now. I'm FRUSTRATED! I've had allergy tests--no allergies. Asthma tests--no asthma. Blood tests--nothing shows up. I even had an HIV test, out of sheer desperation--negative! I've tried every at home remedy I can think of. I'm fresh out of ideas. My head throbs, my nose runs, and I'm sick of coughing. Docs don't seem to think this is a big deal. Anyone have any thoughts/ideas on what I can do to feel better? *Serious replies only PLEASE!*

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter had the same issues. Chronic sinus infections would then lead to ear infections. After numerous tests we were sent to an immunologist. They tested her for immunity to pneumococcal bacterias. She had immunity to 2 of the 19 different strains. She was given the pneumococcal immunization and we redrew her labs 6 weeks later. She then had immunity to 17 of the 19 strains. She has not had an ear or sinus infection in nearly 3 years. Hope you find relief.

  23. QUESTION:
    Sinusitis or just cold? 11 months old.?
    My baby started cold symptoms 2 weeks ago, march 2. He was getting better but after 10 days, he again had runny nose. From that day onwards he has had nasal congestion and partly thick discharge which is slllightly yellowish green. Today I saw some blood in the mucus, in the morning and then in the evening.

    He had fever on Wednesday 102 ( rectal) and Friday 101.2 (rectal). He was very fussy on Friday morning but now he looks (except for his nose blockage). He has dry cough only at night time after he falls asleep and in the morning.

    Could this be sinus infection? Is there any home remedy? I am against antibiotics but if needed we have to give one.

    How long can I wait to see our doctor?
    Major symptoms of sinusitis in babies?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for kennel cough for my baby shitzu :'''((?
    i adopted him from the animal shelter and as soon as i got him he gags and has nose sinuses
    its real sad because hes really little:(and so cute

    • ANSWER:
      There really is no way to treat it at home, other than letting the infection run it's course. I would reccommend taking your dog to the vet if you think it has kennel cough, there is no sure fire way to know without a doubt he has kennel cough unless some tests are ran. The vet can prescribe anti-biotics and also cough suppressants to make your dog more comfortable. I would also reccommed the kennel cough vaccine if your dog is in contact with other dogs, because it is highly contagious and it can prevent further infections, and further expensive vet bills!

  25. QUESTION:
    16 weeks pregnant w/ a sinus infection...what can I do?
    I'm 16 weeks pregnant with my first! :-D But unfortunately I've managed to get a sinus infection. Even before I got pregnant I would get sinus infections 2-3 times a year and this sinus infection seems to be intensified with the pregnancy. My head is so full of pressure, my nose is both stuffy and runny(I can hardly breathe), and due to all the heavy mucas and drainage my throat hurts and its making me nausceous and I keep gagging. I use a saline sinus rinse and that helps but is there anything else? The OB nurse said I could take sudafed but I just don't really wanna take any chances with medication(and sudafed is a Class B so that makes me a little leary)...Any home remedies/natural remedies anyone's got that won't harm my growing baby? Please help, I'm miserable.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried filling a basin full of hot water and putting your head over with a towel over your head and breath in the steam? Might help relieve some of the pressure.

      I had something similar a couple of weeks ago and thats what I was told to do as not allowed to take any meds.
      Lots of hot baths, hot drinks, wrapping up warm..

      Also, I know this might sound stupid but I watched on a tv show that fruit cordiles are supposed to help lol.. Every time I have the colf/flue I always drink lots of hot lime cordile - but it might just be in my head! but I think it works :)

      Get well soon..

  26. QUESTION:
    Relief from sinus pressure?
    Are there any at home remedies for sinus pressure? I don't think I have an infection so it's not worth calling the doctor, but the "okay'd" list of over the counters medicines aren't helping, any at home remedies? By "okay'd" list I mean I'm 10 weeks pregnant and limited on what I can take.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink only hot liquids. That will help open the nose. You might ask the doctor for a nose spray like flonase which won't hurt the baby. They may ok claritin or clarinex (prescription version.)

  27. QUESTION:
    What can a pregnant woman do to clear up sinus problem?
    I'll have this stuffy nose for a week come tomorrow. I want to clear it up before it turns into a sinus infection. My doctor's office is giving me conflicting information - some saying it is okay to use Tylenol Allergy & Sinus and others saying no b/c it has Phenyleprine in it (class C & bad for baby supposedly).

    What can I take to clear this up? Any home remedies out there that don't include eating hot chilies since I have gastritis - not to mention the fact that it would drive the babe insane.

    Resources greatly appreciated and best answer gets the points.
    The issue arises from change in weather - we're getting a lot of rain right now - not to mention that my boss keeps the office at about 65 degrees (WAY too cold for my blood).

    Can't get ahold of Dr. until my appt. next week. Until then, stuck with one nurse after another.
    The breathe right strips sounded like a good idea until I read the box and found out that they are made of latex - which I'm allergic to.

    • ANSWER:
      Saline sprays. You just need to flush out your sinuses and blow your nose.... And then stay inside as much as possible.

  28. QUESTION:
    a few questions?
    1) I'm 33 wks prg. I have a lingering cough that won't go away and wouldn't let me sleep. I have a bacterial sinus infection. On Zithromax. I could take Sudafed & Tylenol as needed (used to have fever). Those 2 meds don't really work. Cough drops don't work. Any home remedies that you guys can recommend? I did not sleep for a little over 24 hrs because of this no matter how propped up I was.

    2) Any home remedy ways to treat sinus pressure besides Sudafed?

    3) Crib question: I have a used crib set up in our baby's room. I want to clean it soon, disinfect it. I wanted to use disinfectant wipes on it but my mom & a few friends said it might eat away at the wood. Any good ideas on what to clean the crib with?

    Thanks for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      I just got over a terrible cold - the cough was the first thing that hit. Fun, isn't it? I'm sure your baby thinks it's on a roller coaster, because mine would kick me in the ribs every time I coughed. Anyway, my doctor prescribed some cough syrup and some other medications that I never even took because I felt I didn't need them that badly. Anyway, I did have trouble sleeping as well and my husband and I bought a humidifier. I noticed a difference almost immediately, and was able to sleep much better using it. I didn't have a sinus infection, but the moist air helped clear my stuffy head. My nose was bleeding a lot from blowing it so much and from our dry winter air, and the humidifier definitely helped with that as well. We're still using it, and it's a great investment for the baby, too. If you do decide to get or use one you already have, look for antimicrobial water purification cartridges - I found the Protec brand ones at Wal Mart for about each. They're good for 30 days and will save you from cleaning the tank every time you need to fill it. You can just drop them in the tank, if your humidifier doesn't have a compartment for them to fit into.

      As far as your crib goes, if the wood is sealed you should be able to use disinfectant wipes, but I'd be leary of lingering chemical residue. A solution of white vinegar and warm water might be a better approach, as it's natural and will kill germs and clean things. If the wood is painted, I'd get someone to check it out for you before you even use the crib - you'll need to make sure that anything used on it is a non-toxic finish.

      Good luck and congrats!

  29. QUESTION:
    Sinus Infection While Pregnant?
    I'm 6 months pregnant and have had this sinus infection for about 5 months, now. This is my 2nd sinus infection, the other one I had for about 3 years and I know how dangerous they can be. I had no idea I even had one, or what one was - lol. Anyway, I'm scared that this sinus infection is going to cause a severe defect to my unborn child. I've been to my OB about it more than once, but they don't seem too concerned. O_o

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics

      In some cases, an antibiotic is necessary to treat your sinus infection. Be sure to let your doctor know that you are pregnant, and he will prescribe you an antibiotic that is safe for your developing baby. Some antibiotics are safe during pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic, including amoxicillin, ampicillin, clindamycin and penicillin. Antibiotics tetracycline, doxycycline and minocycline are unsafe for a pregnant woman. These can cause damage to the baby's teeth or to the woman's liver.
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      Antihistamines and Decongestants

      Antihistamines and decongestants can relieve allergic symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, which may exacerbate your sinus infection. Some doctors, according to the American Family Physician, will not recommend antihistamines during pregnancy, because their effects on the fetus have not been studied extensively. Diphenhydramine, or Benadryl, is considered a relatively safe antihistamine during pregnancy. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends chlorpheniramine, which is Chlor-Trimeton, and tripelennamine as antihistamines safe to use during pregnancy. Pseudoephedrine is considered a safe decongestant after the first trimester, according to the American Family Physician.
      Fever/Pain Reducer

      If you experience a fever or pain with your sinus infection, the American Family Physicians recommend acetaminophen, or Tylenol, as a safe analgesic to use during pregnancy. Ibuprofen, commonly known as Advil or Motrin, as well as naproxen, or Aleve, are not recommended during the third trimester. Aspirin is not recommended at any stage of pregnancy.
      Home Remedies

      Some of the symptoms of a sinus infection can be relieved by home remedies, which pose no danger to a pregnant woman or her unborn baby. The Pacific Lutheran University suggests using the steam from a hot shower or from a bowl of hot water to relieve nasal stuffiness and a runny nose. It also suggests using a saline, or saltwater, solution to rinse your nostrils. Using a humidifier and drinking more fluids will help a sore throat caused by post nasal drip from your inflamed sinuses, and warm or cool compresses on your head can help any headache that your sinus infection causes.

  30. QUESTION:
    need relief fast getting the best of me?
    i am 25 weeks pregnant and I am having really bad sinus and chest congestion. I have tried everything it seems drinking something hot, sinus rinse, steam showers, doctor visit and nothing seems to be working.. I am desperate for something that will clear all this up so I can breath and go on with my life. What do ya'll recommend me do now...

    • ANSWER:
      I used Sudafed Shower tabs when I was pregnant and they helped clear things up for a while, but they won't cure it. There are some cough medicines you can take when you're pregnant. I know that one of the Robitusson formulas was safe but I don't remember exactly which one though so I'd say call and talk to the pharmacist. Don't try one without checking though because some of them weren't safe.

      If you have any nasal discharge or anything you cough up that's yellow or greenish you need to go back to the doctor because that's a sign of infection, sorry for the gross description, clear or whitish is normal. It's easier to end up with a respiratory infection when you are pregnant, I had bronchitis and a sinus infection at the same time with my youngest, it was horribly miserable. If you are coughing terribly you should probably go back to the doctor anyway, especially if any of your symptoms have gotten worse. I know there are prescription cough medicines that won't hurt the baby, the problem is that you being really sick for too long can be dangerous to both of you.

      Since you didn't say how long you'd been sick it's a little harder to know exactly how bad off you are. If you've been REALLY sick for a week or more it's time for the doctor to get involved again. Getting sick while you're pregnant is just plain torture! Make sure you don't get dehydrated because that can start you having contractions and even if they are just Braxton-Hicks the last thing you need right now is to be even more uncomfortable. Cough drops were safe too so I'd try some of those, but basically you need to decide if it's just a nasty cold or if it's something serious. If it's just a nasty cold you can probably handle it at home as long as you are not coughing so badly you can't sleep, at that point your doctor needs to give you something that will stop the cough enough you can sleep. Other than that stick with what you've been doing and add other mild and safe remedies the doctor approves.

      I hope some of this helps. I'm really sorry since being pregnant and sick has always just made me want to lay down and die. I think the crazy hormone levels make it even easier to feel very sorry for yourself, especially since you can't just grab any old cold medicine and medicate your symptoms into submission like usual. You are completely entitled to feel sorry for yourself though, so wallow a little, but try not to cry much (I made that mistake under similar circumstances and it just made breathing worse!). Set yourself up with what you need and lay down and try to get some sleep. Salty things like canned chicken noodle soup can help if your throat's sore, but watch how much salt you get if you are at all prone to swelling or you may add another misery to your list. I promise it will pass even if you have to get a prescription to get over it and pretty soon you'll be happily pregnant again. Cold and flu season is almost over so that should make things easier soon.

      Congrats and feel better!

  31. QUESTION:
    Sinus infection while 38+ weeks pregnant PLEASE HELP!!?
    It started yesterday, all the right side of my face is very painful and feel swolen, constant headache ear ache and eye ache i don't feel that blocked up but i can feel mucus at the back of my throat which is also painful, i can't eat or drink anything not even water because of the horrible chemically taste in my mouth, if i do eat or drink anything i am sick because of this taste, im worried if i go into labour i won't want to go near the baby!! And since i can't eat or drink will it effect my baby?! I will be going the doctors tomorrow but don't perticularlly want antibiotics is there anything else i can have or any home remedies? Im really fed up someone please help, Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Melt a blob of vicks in hot water, put a towel over your head and the bowl and inhale the vapours. Will clear your nose.

      If you can't drink then eat ice lollies. Will stop you gettign dehydrated.

      Paracetamol is safe in pregnancy. A doctor is unlikely to prescibe antibiotics anyway, not because you're pregnant but because it's a virus and they don't work on viruses.

      Honey and lomon drinks can be soothing on a sore throat.

  32. QUESTION:
    how to unblock sinuses??? i am pregnant and really need the advise!!!?
    Hello all,

    i am current 11weeks and 5days pregnant, i have been to see a doctor today who has advised me i have blocked sinuses and a throat infection, however i have been given some antibiotics which i am a bit worried about taking as i did not want to take anything to harm the baby but the doctor has said it will be fine??? i was wondering if anyone knows of any home remedies that could help, i have tried hot steam and that is not working just wondered if there are any ways which could help me as i can not sleep due to this!!!

    Many Thanks in advance and serious answers only please as i am very worried for me and my child.

    bellaboo
    xxxxx
    i just need something that might help me tonight so i can sleep!!! i can not take any anti-histimens though!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Try using a saline nasal spray. This will rinse out your sinuses and help unblock them. I attached a link to a website that you can use to check the antibiotics your doctor prescribed. Good Luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to unblock sinuses?? i am pregnant and can not use medication!!!?
    Hello all,

    i am current 11weeks and 5days pregnant, i have been to see a doctor today who has advised me i have blocked sinuses and a throat infection, however i have been given some antibiotics which i am a bit worried about taking as i did not want to take anything to harm the baby but the doctor has said it will be fine??? i was wondering if anyone knows of any home remedies that could help, i have tried hot steam and that is not working just wondered if there are any ways which could help me as i can not sleep due to this!!!

    Many Thanks in advance and serious answers only please as i am very worried for me and my child.

    bellaboo
    xxxxx
    i just need something that might help me tonight so i can sleep!!! i can not take any anti-histimens though!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics are safe to take during pregnancy. To relieve the symptoms you can try boiling ginger root (just the ground ginger root in your spice cabinet) and breathe in the steam. Once it is cooled enough soak a wash cloth and place it across your face, where your sinuses are. Vicks is safe to use too. Sleep slightly elevated. Yogurt is good for the throat. Drink lots of clear fluids. Good luck. I spent the first 3 months of my pregnancy dealing with that stuff.

      Benedryl is also safe to take during pregnancy. It can some times help with the symptoms. If nothing else it will help you sleep until you are feeling better.

  34. QUESTION:
    how to cure bad breath for 25mos old...?
    i have a 25mos old baby boy ..every time he wakes up in the morning i always smell his bad breath..why is this happening?He is too young have a bad breath and every night i always brush his teeth but still he has a bad breath..can you give me some advice on how to cure this?i am really bothered..:(

    • ANSWER:
      Bad breath or “halitosis” can be attributed to a multitude of causes such as tooth decay, gum disease, medications, sinus infections, gastric reflux disease, lung and kidney infections etc.
      A relatively longer (yet unfortunately incomplete) list of causes can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halitosis#Cause
      A visit to the dentist is very important to determine whether bad breath is due to any of the more common oral causes. A visit to the pediatrician will be necessary too. A detailed medical history will be taken to rule out other causes. Once a cause is determined, appropriate treatment can be initiated. Often, simple home remedies may be enough.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can i deal with this?
    Im 32weeks pregnant suffering from severe headache for a whole week now...I went to the doctor yesterday she said i have sinus infection, allergies which makes my tonsils sore all the time with white dots that really makes a horrible taste and my iron levels are bad So all that came to cause my headache. She gave me pain killers (didn't work)
    Antibiotics which im worried to take and allergies medication.
    Please what am i supposed to do? im really missed up HELP
    I also have TMJ(Temporomandibular Joint)...
    Is it ok to take all these medications during pregnancy?
    Im taking my iron pills and vitamins and trying not to skip it ever.
    What's your advise to get better starting from food to home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Try mangosteen juice. The xantones in mangosteen fruit have been scientifically proven to help with all your symptoms, plus others. Being a fruit juice you can drink as much as you like, there are no side effects and it will probably be beneficial to your baby.

  36. QUESTION:
    10 month old's cold/nasal congestion not getting better after 3 weeks, Please advise.?
    Hi - My daughter is 10.5 month old and she is breastfed with some solids added to the diet. My mother cares for her during the day at my home when I am at work.

    She caught her first cold at 9 months but was fully recovered in a week. She caught her second cold again at 10 months. No fever or cough just the cold. It was a bad cold and she was also congested during her sleep, particularly at night. When it did not go away after 10 days, we took her to the Ped. He said her lungs, ears everything looked good. But he noticed a very mild sinus infection and mentioned that might be what is causing the congestion. He prescribed an antibiotics for it. (Zithromax and the course was for 3 days and dosage was a teaspoon once a day). I asked him what if I did not bring her in and he said - the problem would have resolved anyways. Just that the it may hang around for another 7 to 10 days.

    Since our baby was otherwise doing wonderful (Thank God) - nursing well, happy, playful and active - we decided not to medicate her and wait for her body to naturally fight out the infection.

    Now it's been a week since we went to the doctor and she hasn't yet fully recovered from the cold. It has gotten much better but she still has clear mucus discharge now and then when she sneezes and she has trouble breathing properly at night.

    We use all natural remedies such as sitting with her in the bathroom with hot shower running twice a day, the OTC saline drops, The suction bulb, elevating her head during sleep etc. She is not running a temperature and does not seem to be in pain. She is eating and playing. Her only symptoms are 1. Clear and sometimes a little bit white mucus discharge 2. Nasal congestion.The congestion is worse during sleep.

    Has anyone had their babies have a cold and nasal congestion for this long? Did it resolve on it's own naturally?

    I am thinking of waiting another 2-3 days and use the antibiotics/call the ped again. I just did not want to give her antibiotics if its just a common cold that will resolve on it's own. I would really like her body to build the immunity naturally, particularly because she seems otherwise comfortable and fine. The antibiotics will not address the common cold virus anyways. It may only address the little bit of bacterial germ she has.

    Your experiences and advice will be valued. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      my daughter is 19 months and since she was 9 months shes been prone to lots of colds and ear infection;; she recently had a cold and i had brought her to the doctors after a few weeks the doc said everything was fine and that it would just go on its own it did take about a week or two after that to go away but if you have any worries just bring her to the doctors again they will reassure you

      hope this worked

  37. QUESTION:
    yellow/white substance on tongue and red bumps at back, yeast infection or imbalance of some sort?
    Recently i started to have some minor pain in my throat on the upper part, towards the sinus area, then i caught a cold so i thought it could be related to that. I'm not sure, my sinus area seems dry as well and its annoying. when i yawn it hurts that upper part of my throat. then after i got over the main part of my cold, it still kind of hurts and i realized i have some sort of yellowish, whitish substance from the middle area to the back of my tongue, and at the back there are some red bumps. nothing is painful, it's just i feel like something is in the back of my mouth because i can kind of feel the bumps. i can scratch off the substance but i dont know what it is. i searched the web and i think it could be either be yeast infection related or an imbalance of some sort with my mouth, throat or stomach acids. i dont know what it could be, and would there be any home remedies like garlic?
    please help.
    also would it be safe to kiss my boyfriend?

    • ANSWER:
      It would be very unusual for a normally healthy adult to have an oral yeast infection, it normally only occurs in babies or people with compromised immune systems (like HIV sufferers). You most likely have irritation and mucus building up at the back of your mouth due to the sinus blockage. A post-nasal drip can cause your throat to become quite irritated, breathing through your mouth at night will aggravate it by the area becoming dry.

      Gargle with salty water and use a saline nasal spray to help clear your sinuses. If you have any pain around your eyes or cheekbones and feel "flu-ey", you may have a sinus infection which will require antibiotics.

  38. QUESTION:
    Tooth pain/cavity while pregnant--any home remedies?
    I have this back tooth that has a visible cavity in it right next to the gum--it is kind of sore and two teeth in front of it the gums above that tooth are tender but i do not see any visible cavities on the tooth. I am 18 wks 5 days pregnant and really want to avoid any dental work until after the baby is born, so do you have any suggestions? I also have a bit of a sinus infection right now which could be causing the tooth pain also...So any suggestions?
    the reasoni want to avoid dental work while pregnant is because i do not numb and the doctors have a difficult time working on my teeth. The back cavity is from getting another tooth worked on and the dentist chipped the tooth behind it. I went to have it fixed once and i could not get numbed and was told to come back......well now i am pregnant and really want to avoid having it worked on until after the baby is born because i do not numb well if at all and i get sooo much anxiety in the dentist chair due to past bad experiences.

    I have had an abcessed tooth before and this feels nothing like it.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try ACT mouthwash. It helps strengthen the tooth enamel. I don't know if it will help with a cavity, but it helps with sore / sensitive teeth.

  39. QUESTION:
    Help! Pregnant with a Upper resp infection!?
    I went to the doctor the other day and was diagnosed with a URI (Upper respiratory infection). He said there was no medication i could be prescribed because i am 24 weeks pregnant.
    I'm not congested, just have a lot of coughing which is extremely painful because of the size of my belly. My throat gets that tickle and makes me cough almost to the point of gagging. my sinuses are now started to get congested.
    are there any moms or nurses/doctors that could give me any good home remedies?? Ive tried hot water with honey and lemon, salt water gargle, and hot showers, but nothing seems to keep me sleeping!

    • ANSWER:
      you can take benadryl to help you sleep. i had many uri's while i was pregnant. i was told to suck on lemons. they help your throat, as well as nausea. i also kept a stash of cough drops. "halls" were my favorite. but, unfortunately, there's not much else you can really do.oh, ask your doctor if you can have robotussin with codiene. my doctor gave me that because i had been in the hospital 11 times because i was so sick i couldn't eat. my baby was 5lbs. 6 oz. because i was so sick.

  40. QUESTION:
    cough during pregnancy.?
    im 35 weeks pregnant,,and im suffering from cold..i have runny nose or sometimes its blocked,,i have severe cough,and congestion..im scared it mite affect my pregnancy..any home remedies??which is safe for my baby??cos i cant take risk in any medication..

    • ANSWER:
      USe vicks vapo rub as a steam inhalation, put the vicks in a metal or glass bowl with hot steaming water and use a towel over your head. Close one nostril while breathing in thru the other. My doc told me to do this when i had a sinus infection around 15 weeks.
      For the cough theres not much in the way of medicine you can take, but try drinking natural lemon and honey drinks, its very soothing on the tickle in the throat and can help clear up congestion.
      If the cough becomes infected you do need to see your doctor and they will be able to prescribe antibiotics that are safe to take during pregnancy

  41. QUESTION:
    Home remedies to break up chest and throat congestion?
    I've been sick since about sunday, which makes it about 4 days now. i thought it was allergies but my mom says it might be a sinus or respiratory infection. at first i was completely stopped up all over my head. last night i took some alkaseltzer plus and went to sleep, it got me through the night and now today the congestion is breaking up some in my nose. but now its like alot runnier and its in my chest and throat. my nose has been running all day, so thats not the bigger problem. I took a hot shower just now to try and break some of it up and my nose turned on like a faucet. any ideas to get rid of the junk in my throat and chest? i feel so miserable, i just want it OUT like... NOW. :-( *sniffle*
    oh yeah, my ears are all stopped up too. i cant really hear that well and my voice sounds like a drunk chipmunk. haha

    • ANSWER:
      Poor baby! There are some things you can try, Get a pot and fill it half way with water. Bring it to a boil then cut the heat. Add a few Tbls of
      Vics vapor rub. Put a towel over your head, stick your head over the pot and breath in the vapors. Blow your nose first to aid it along. Then
      breath the steam for 10 to 15 minutes. You can do this a few times througout the day. Also, get a netti pot. You fill it with water and flush out the sinuses gently, works wonders. Make sure you take a decongestant if you have any and drink plenty of water, as that will thin out the mucous and make getting rid of it easier, Good luck to you!

  42. QUESTION:
    Sinusitis in 18 month old....are there any remedies for swelling?
    So I posted last night and then took him to a walk in clinic today. Found out he has a sinus infection and all of his sinuses are plugged up. The doctor gave me amoxicillian and told me to use the childrens cold medicine. But he never said anything about getting the drainage to minimize or the swelling anybody got any ideas? I found out you can use warm tea and salt water but it helps for a little bit but does not help for long periods of time can anyone give me a suggestion? I want to send him to daycare but I dont want the swelling to be so bad that they send him home.
    Is there anything though I can do for the drainage and the swelling/puffiness? I cant take him on public transit tomorrow and lug home groceris. Tuesday's are my day to get errands ran but I cant find anything that helps

    • ANSWER:
      Warm compresses, steam (like the vaporizer thing) and plenty of water (water thins mucus). Its so hard when they are little and you can't give them anything over the counter even though an adult can find relief over the counter. Antibiotics take 3 days to show effects. There is a saline nose spray, that is sold over the counter for babies, I would ask doc first before trying it.

  43. QUESTION:
    Help! I think my rat is sick?
    I got my rat Pauli on Monday. It became apparent later on that she sneezes a lot, and spends a lot of the day breathing noisily (But not all the time.) In my other rats, though, when they ha a respiratory problem, I could hear the congestion in their chests by listening to their sides. Pauli's chest does not sound congested to me. Is it possible for rats to get a sinus infection or head cold of sorts?

    On top of the breathing loud and sneezing, I haven't seen her eat much at ALL, or even drink much water. Besides pet food I've tried feeding her some of the kinds of treat foods my past rats absolutely loved, to no avail (Hard boiled egg was a no-go; she even refused chocolate when I offered.) She has a glass water bottle.

    Also, she seems to crave warmth. Sometimes when I take her out, she falls asleep nestled between me and a baby blanket I bought her. Is this normal? The one other rat I've ever had take a snooze while I was holding him was a very elderly male who was on his way out of the world.

    I will take her to the vet, but I have exactly [FAQ-QUESTION] in the bank right now, so I also wanted to know: is it possible that her illness will clear up on its own without antibiotics? Just wondering.
    I forgot to mention that Pauli's pretty young. She's probably 3 months or 4 months old judging by her size and comparing them to the baby rats I've raised from pinkies.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like an upper respiratory infection and that needs to be treated with antibiotics. It is highly contagious so if you have other rats at home, then you need to confine the sick one. She needs to seek medical attention to prevent further complications and to see if it is indeed an upper respiratory infection or something else. Most clients come in the clinic after during home remedies to their pets and the pets get worse. If you are not a vet, then you should not diagnose or treat your pet at home. Hope this helps!

  44. QUESTION:
    Sick and pregnant, please help!?
    I can't go to the doc for a few weeks, but I am really sick and 7 weeks pregnant with what will hopefully be my first. I have an extremely runny nose (When I blow its thick yellowish green - sign of infection?), I'm congested, coughing up phlegm... it's really bad. I'm dealing with it and have been using saline for my nose, liquid Tylenol, drinking tons of OJ and eating good... but when I cough I have a ton of discharge that comes out. It's really scaring me because the last time I was pregnant I had a miscarriage right around this time and was also really sick like this. =( I'm terrified. What should I do? Any home remedy's to get rid of this NOW and let me know if the coughing and discharge is normal. Thanks so much for your help in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      This is what my midwife has suggested about colds: first off all, stay away from juice, there is too much sugar in that...stick with lots of water, and get some vitamin C supplements ( look for one that says "Bioflavonoid"). Get lots of rest, especially if this is your first trimester ( easy to do when you feel exhausted, which I am sure you do). Stay away from the flu shot, as this is too much for your baby to handle, and you don't need it (it will decrease your immunity not increase it). Also, try using a neti pot. Yeah I know that the thought of water in your nose sounds gross, but seriously, if it is done right, it works very well to clear up sinus infections, and it won't harm your unborn child. ( I used one last winter for a nasty sinus infection and I didn't even need to go to the doc- after using it a week, things just cleared up on their own-antibiotics aren't going to work faster than that, especially if its viral) Also, make sure you are eatting lots of protein, and fruits and veggies-growing babies need these.
      I, too, had a miscarriage before, and I know that it can haunt you, especially when you do get pregnant again...just take it easy, and love your baby now. Most likely, it will work out ok.

  45. QUESTION:
    leopard gecko swellings and gunky eyes?
    hey im worried about my bfs gecko and wondered if there is anything i can do until i get him to the vet at the weekend.

    hes got a very swollen eye which is closed completely and the other one is producing a sticky puss which ive been wiping as regularly as poss. hes also got a swollen neck which isnt hard, this has come up since his eye started playing up (maybe sinuses?). he isnt eating unless we put it on his nose so hes lost some weight over the last week and he wasnt very big to start with so we're just trying to get food in him and keep the eyes clear until the weekend.

    are there any home remedies for gunky eyes? also i'd LOVE some recipes of high protein things you've fed your geckos when theyve been ill and unable to hunt and also ways i can feed him apart from putting it on his nose.

    thank you so much
    i'd just like to say thank you to you guys for replying so quickly. unfortunately we cant get him to the vet sooner than the weekend but i'm going to load him up on as much food as i can and will post how hes doing :) thanks again x x x

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a systemic infection at this point, and the little guy will need some antibiotics, so get him to the vet as quickly as you can. Is there any way you can take him in before the weekend? The vet will most likely give you a wash for the eyes, too.

      The fact that he's eating is excellent, and if he's weak, and his vision is impaired by the infection, he most likely can't hunt on his own right now. Save him expending engery he can't afford to, and keep feeding him crickets by touching his nose with them. Give him as many as he will take.

      They should be gut loaded, and also dusted in a good reptile vitamin (keep it refrigerated) and calcium powder. A bowl of calcium powder should be provided in the habitat at all times, too.

      Keep him warm, make sure his habitat and water are clean. Keep feeding him all he will eat, and take him to the vet as soon as you can.

      GUT LOADING CRICKETS for REPTILES:

      The number one problem:
      Dried up and malnourished pet store crickets and mealworms. These food items are essentially useless. A dehydrated and unfed cricket contains almost no nutrients at all; refrigerated mealworms are even worse. A lot of the variety in nutrients found in wild insects is actually in the stomach content - usually plant material. We need to duplicate this to provide the best for our reptiles; without the risk of illness/disease/parasites which can result from feeding our pets wild insects.

      Please note that wax worms, while fattening, are not nutritious.

      Basic Dry/Staple Cricket Food:

      Equal amounts of dry Iguana food, dry dog food, chick starter mash, oatmeal (you can add dry baby food wheat/rye/barley, etc. as well; even shredded wheat - no sugar).
      Grind these items together. Place in a small lid/bowl for the crickets to eat. Store the unused portion in the refrigerator or freezer, until needed.

      Supplement daily with one of the following: sweet potato, bananas, zucchini, oranges, carrots, strawberries, assorted squashes (acorn, yellow, etc.), grapefruit, green beans, apples, kale, spinach, cactus pads, and just about any other nutritious item you can think of (do not use white/yellow potatoes - these are starchy and only good if used as a moisture source during shipping, and NEVER use Avacado - it's poisonous to most animals).

      Provide the dry food and kale at all times (kale is readily available during the winter months, too), rotating the other food items through in succession. The key is variety, and to provide an assortment of varying nutrients. What you are trying to do is offer your reptiles crickets with guts 'loaded' with fresh foodstuffs.

      The crickets should be gut loaded for 2-3 days prior to offering them to your reptiles.

      Also, provide fresh clean water in a lid/bowl, adding a sponge or folded paper towel to prevent drowning.

      Don't offer more crickets than the reptile(s) will consume within: 1.) a few hours if it’s a lizard, salamander, frog/toad, or 2.) a few minutes, if it’s a water turtle, so you know the crickets will still be full of the good stuff when eaten.

      Be sure to remove any uneaten crickets so that they do not soil your pet's environment/water or bother your pet, once it is full. Crickets CAN turn the table - and feast upon your pet! Or aggravate them, causing stress and even cessation of eating.

      I hope the little guy recovers quickly/soon, and that this has been helpful.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can my son wait until tomorrow to see the doctor or should I take him to the ER today?
    My son has been congested since Monday and it has only gotten worse. He has not slept well the last couple of nights, he just cannot seem to get comfortable. He will sleep an hour or two at a time only and takes a few naps during the day but remains tired and fatigued all day and night. My son is also very fussy and not eating well. He seems only to be interested in bottles and no longer finishing his bottles (since Sunday evening) and doesn't have any interest in baby food. My son is seven months old. With our health insurance he can either be seen by his Pediatrician during normal business hours (soonest being tomorrow morning) or taken to the ER (NOT an urgent care clinic). He's also been around his Aunt (she lives with us) who recently had a sinus infection, finished her meds but got it back again.
    I (his mother) got e coli on Thursday night. I have not kissed him and am washing my hands a lot more to avoid giving it to him. He does NOT have diarrhea or any other symptoms of that.
    My son also craves constant contact, it seems to be the only way of comforting him. Luckily, he is able to get it, but I am growing concerned. He sneezes on occassion, but not too often. He does not have a cough.
    I'm leary to take him to the ER because last time I took him there for something they unnecessarily (according to his Ped.) hooked him up to an IV and kept him overnight.
    My son has a rectal temp of 98.3 F

    • ANSWER:
      If It would bring you a peace of mind then I would take the baby to the ER.In fact, most hospitals have a nurse on duty that can answer your questions for you in the ER and they can tell you if you should bring the baby in right away if you called the local hospital.I've done that before. If you're not too concerned with though then I would suggest just waiting until the next day.

      Most doctors — and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) — agree that a normal body temperature for a healthy baby is between 97 and 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (36 to 38 degrees Celsius). If your baby's rectal temperature is above this range, he has a fever.

      For a baby between 3 and 6 months old, call if his temperature reaches 101 degrees F (38.3 degrees C) or higher.

      If your baby is 6 months or older, call if his fever reaches 103 degrees F (39.4 degrees C) or higher

      Here are some remedies you can try for your baby:
      Bulb Syringe
      Treats: Stuffy, runny noses

      Why use a bulb syringe? Most parents find that holding a tissue to Baby's congested nose just sets off an impromptu game of peek-a-boo. Most children are not developmentally capable of blowing their noses until around age two, so until your baby responds when you say, "Blow!", you'll need to find alternative remedies to treat nasal congestion. For very young babies, an infant-size nasal bulb syringe works well to relieve a stuffy, runny nose.

      How to use it: First, cradle your baby in a semi-upright position, making sure his head is well-supported. Squeeze the bulb and gently place the rubber tip into one nostril. Slowly release the bulb—the suction produced will draw the clogged mucus out of his nose. Because an older baby might bat the syringe away or jerk his or her head, experts agree that this method usually works best in infants younger than 6 months.

      Keep in mind: "Use the bulb syringe only when your baby's nose is so clogged that he or she is having trouble sucking to drink or is having difficulty falling asleep," advises Dr. Miller. "Basically you are blowing the baby's nose when you use a bulb syringe, and you could do it all day long and end up with a cranky baby who has a really sore nose." To avoid irritation, Dr. Miller recommends squeezing a few drops of saline into your baby's nose before inserting the bulb syringe.

      Saline Drops
      Treats: Stuffy, runny noses; dried nasal mucus

      Why use saline drops? Saline solution is about to become your new best friend during sniffles season: This deceptively simple combination of salt and water soothes inflamed nasal tissue, thins and loosens nasal mucus (especially the dry, crusty variety), and gives stuffy, congested little noses a chance to drain. Administering saline drops also provides relief for irritated nasal passageways—and those nasty nosebleeds—caused by the dry air of the winter home-heating months. When buying saline drops, make sure to choose a brand that does not contain added cold medication.

      How to use them: To apply saline drops, cradle your child in a reclined position, with her head supported and tilted back at a slight angle. Gently squirt two to three drops of saline into each nostril (avoid touching the dropper to the nose to prevent contamination). Continue holding your baby for a few moments to help the saline become fully absorbed.

      Return your baby to a sitting position and let gravity assist in drawing the nasal mucus out. For young infants with very congested nasal passageways, experts recommend following up saline treatment with suctioning from a bulb syringe. If your child is between 6 months and 2 years old, saline may be all you need. Within minutes of applying the drops, you will likely hear your child snort or sneeze to clear the nostrils of the saline solution, getting rid of mucus in the process.

      Keep in mind: While saline drops do a great job at temporarily relieving your child's nasal congestion, saline and other cold remedies treat only the symptoms of the cold and do not shorten the life of the viral infection itself. "During the typical cold or upper respiratory infection, nasal discharge begins as a clear, runny nose. Over the next few days, mucus secretions thicken and turn from clear to white or yellowish-green in color. By day seven, discharge lightens and finally clears up about 10 to 14 days after symptoms first started," explains Dr. Bernstein.

      Cool Mist Humidifiers
      Treats: Nasal and chest congestion; cough

      Why use humidifiers? "Humid air is a great natural decongestant during the overnight hours," says Dr. Miller. Cool mist humidifiers moisten dry winter air, and breathing this in works to soothe wheezy coughs, clears your child's nasal passages, and loosens mucus in his lungs. Running a humidifier in your child's room overnight may help your sick baby finally get some much-needed rest.

      I hope this was helpful,Take Care and Good Luck!!! :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used "Robitussin Pediatric Cough/Cold" for their baby's cough?
    My son is 17 months and has a cough. He's had the cough for 10 days (since the day after Christmas) ..
    He's got a runny nose of clear snot (no green) and no other cold symptoms. No diarrhea, no fever and no loss of appetite. He's in a great mood and has been acting like his normal happy self all through this cough ..
    I called his Doctor today and they suggested 'Robitussin Pediatric Cough' .. and I'm wondering if anyone has used this for their baby?
    Were there any side effects like drowsiness?
    I don't want to give it to him if it's going to make him tired ..

    • ANSWER:
      From
      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?&entry_id=33663 ...

      "Last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that over-the-counter cold medicines containing dextromethorphan not be given to children less than 4 years old because of the cough syrup's lack of effectiveness and potential for harmful side effects--dystonic reactions, severe involuntary muscle contractions, and spasms. (The former recommendation was for children less than 2 years old.) These medications have been blamed for more than 100 deaths and thousands of trips to the emergency room."

      You can click on the link to find some home remedies for your child.

      HOWEVER - if the bad cough has been going on for 10 days, I would definitely bring him in to the doctor and have him checked out. It could be a sinus infection or some other kind of infection, for which he needs antibiotics.

      In the meantime, I would run a humidifier in his room and give him plenty of liquids. Those are the two best things you can do. I would not give him Robitussin. Not at that age.

  48. QUESTION:
    My 4 month old has chesty cough, blocked nose, vomits with phlem sometimes. I want a cure for it pls.?
    A homeopathy medicine or a home rememdy is something that i'm looking for. Dont want to start antibiotics on an infant. I would also like to add that her nose becomes very dry and hence i use saline drops couple of times a day.
    Thank you all for the caring answers. I never thought it could be so serious. I have been to the doctors few days ago, he checked the chest n said its all clear. Vomits he said is sometimes due to overfeeding. blocked nose/dry nose is normal in winter. I will visit the doctor again n raise all the issues to him. thanks once again.
    Good News everyone!!! When i went to the doctor, he checked her ears,lungs, nose, mouth/tongue and gave her a clean bill of health. Since she is a winter baby, her nose will be a problem for a while. Also, since her nasal pasage isnt as well developed as adults, it will take some time for the passage to get clear if it gets blocked. till then she might have some cough here n there. He advised me to use a humidifier, or even take her to a steamed bathroom. Lat but not the least, she doesn't have pneumonia, no respiratory virus, no lung or ear infection. Thanks once again for the wonderful n helpful advises from all of you.

    • ANSWER:
      There are homeopathic remedies and herbs that can treat these symptoms. In your daughter's case I recommend that she have another medical exam if symptoms continue for several more days (or worsen) in order to rule out any secondary infection(s) or pneumonia. When my son was an infant he had similar symptoms, was checked and diagnosed with a virus. Within about three days he worsened and the doctor found a sinus infection, ear infection and bronchitis.

      The vomiting might also be caused by stomach upset from swallowing mucus. Since she is congested, she may also be swallowing air while feeding, so burping her frequently could help with that.

      I'm linking to some symptom checkers and also natural remedies. If your little one does have to go on antibiotics, you can give her about a quarter teaspoon of probiotics (if your doctor allows it) to reestablish the good bacteria that the antibiotics will kill. This will help her to avoid digestive upset and will in no way decrease the effectiveness of the antibiotic.

      Because your daughter is under a year it is best to be cautious in using any remedies because of the possibility of triggering allergies. If you are breastfeeding, the best thing you can do is to keep yourself healthy so she gets the benefit of optimum nutrition.

      A good health food store will have someone on staff who is knowledgeable about natural remedies. A Naturopath may also be consulted.

      In any remedy you may use, remember to avoid all honey products for your daughter until she's one. Aspirin products should be avoided until age eighteen (and always in the winter for any age because of the possibility of nosebleeds.)

      Since you are using the saline drops, you may also want to use a small rubber bulb to suction out any mucus from her nose.

      One last note: dry air can make these symptoms worse. A cool mist humidifier in the winter will really help. Be sure to keep it extremely clean to avoid spreading bacteria. Filling a bathroom with steam ( by running the shower on hot) can also give immediate relief. If your baby ever has a cough at night that sounds like a bark (croup) this will calm that instantly - I have my children's pediatrician to thank for that advice!

  49. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP ME STOP COUGHING!!!! please answer this question!?
    I have this cough with al ittle bit of phlem and about an hour ago I asked how to stop coughing but I "cough cough" only got three answers."cough cough" This cough is so annoying and I only have sudefed pd which does not do a thing! Please help me! Any home remidies?? "cough cough"
    *I do not smoke or have asthma, just a regular 14 year old girl, Also I can feel the phlem in my lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      What exquisit said above is the most ridiculous thing i've ever heard.

      Your question is too broad. Do you have asthma? Do you smoke? How old are you? Do you have a history of lung problems?

      Remember, coughing is the body's way of protecting your airrways. Your airways are detecting an irritant, and so you are coughing to get rid of it. It is not always a bad thing. But if you are coughing non-stop, you might have something in your airways. You might have nasal drip, sinus infection, ear infection, bronchitis, asthma attack? Do you have a fever? Chills? Runny nose?

      If it is bothering you that much, you need to see a doctor. Based on your question, it is impossible for somebody on yahoo answers to help you with your cough. And there aren't really any home remedies to make a cough stop. Just to soothe it. Try turning on your shower to hot water, and closing the door for 15 minutes, and then go into the bathroom and sit there for 5-10 minutes and breathe. It might help soothe irritation in your throat.

      ***What the RN said below will not work for you. The reason it works for babies is because their feet are relatively close to their nose, where they will inhale it. Unless you sleep in a ball, it won't work.***

  50. QUESTION:
    My 7 month old son has a cold and green snot? Dr or home remedies?
    He's not feeling good but he's still playing around a bit. Stuffed nose, sneezy, watery eyes, coughing, etc. His snot just turned green this morning. All I can give him is tylenol or motrin which obviously won't help with the head cold symptoms. So my question is should I try a hot steam vaporizer, cool air vaporizer, saline nose spray, etc... Or go ahead and take him to the doc? Thanks!
    He's also very prone to yeast diaper rashes due to antibiotic treatments from when he was a premie. Our walk in clinic sucks here. It's in and out, ALWAYS with an antibiotic prescription. I don't want my little man to have any more antibiotics than he's needs to, his yeast rashes are terrible!!!!! But obviously if there's nothing else to cure his cold I know it's needed. :(

    • ANSWER:
      I would definitely do a Cool mist humidifier and saline nose sprays.......You can also do Vicks BabyRub.

      Call the doctor on Monday for an appointment if things haven't improved.......Green snot does indicate infection so he may have a Sinus or Upper Respiratory infection.

      EDIT: Per the Vicks Website: For use on Babies ages 3 months and older

      http://www.vicks.com/babyrub.php

sinus infection home remedy for babies