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4mth old, rattly chest, cough, runny nose

I have a 4 mth old who has a cold. Rattly chest, productive cough, runny nose (runs clear), bright red cheeks, some irritability when laid down to bed. She is formula fed.

Currently using UDO's Choice infant/toddler probiotics in her formula. I have the hylands teething tablets as I am sure she is teething some.

How can I help her get rid of this cold?
  lisamumto2 on 2006-12-08
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What do you think has brought on this virus?
ZepOz last decade
It was confirmed RSV. They suctioned her nose and tested the secretions.
lisamumto2 last decade
edited to add: caught from her brother who is school age.
lisamumto2 last decade
What does 'RSV' mean, please?
ZepOz last decade
RSV is:

What is respiratory syncytial virus infection?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection is one of the most important causes of lower respiratory illness in infants and young children. It also causes both mild and serious respiratory diseases in older children and adults.

What is the infectious agent that causes RSV infection?

RSV infection is caused by the respiratory syncytial virus.

Where is RSV infection found?

RSV infections occur worldwide. Most children are infected at least once by age 2 and continue to be reinfected throughout life. In temperate climates, RSV infections usually occur in the winter. Peaks occur in January and February in the United States.

How do people get RSV infection?

The virus is found in discharges from the nose and throat of an infected person. People can get RSV infection by:

Breathing in droplets after an infected person has coughed
Hand-to-mouth contact after touching an infected person
Hand-to-mouth contact with a surface that an infected person has touched or coughed on

What are the signs and symptoms of RSV infection?

RSV infections can range from very mild illness to serious lower respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, that occur mostly in the very young, the very old, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms can last for a few days to several weeks.

Signs and symptoms in young children are usually mild and similar to a cold. They include stuffy nose, cough, and sometimes ear infection. In older children and adults, RSV causes upper respiratory infection involving the nose, throat, or sinuses.

Children who develop a lower respiratory tract infection often have low-grade fever for several days, a cough that sometimes lasts more than 2 weeks, and respiratory symptoms including difficult or rapid breathing and deep coughing. Symptoms in newborns and young infants may include irritability, listlessness, and poor feeding.
lisamumto2 last decade
From here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/respiratory/rsvfeat.htm

Treatment: For children with mild disease, no specific treatment is necessary other than the treatment of symptoms (e.g., acetaminophen to reduce fever). Children with severe disease may require oxygen therapy and sometimes mechanical ventilation. Ribavirin aerosol may be used in the treatment of some patients with severe disease. Some investigators have used a combination of immune globulin intravenous (IGIV) with high titers of neutralizing RSV antibody (RSV-IGIV) and ribavirin to treat patients with compromised immune systems.
ZepOz last decade
I was looking for homeopathic help to releive her symptoms. We've already had the 4 day hospital stay but she is still rattling in the chest and coughing.

Thanks anyway.

Anybody else?
lisamumto2 last decade
Can you elaborate on productive cough?

gavinimurthy last decade
She is 4 mths old, so she cannot expectorate her mucuous, so I cannot provide details as to colour etc.

However, it sounds wet, it sounds deep, sounds goopy? and she often ends up trying to clear her throat after coughing. I can hear and feel her chest rattling in between coughs.

Hope that helps.
lisamumto2 last decade
Don't you have a good homeopath nearer you, who can see the baby and prescribe?

If it is not possible, we will suggest further.

But, please explore the fitst option first.

gavinimurthy last decade
We do, however it costs $35 to see him everytime and it is getting costly to see him everytime we need to revisit.
lisamumto2 last decade

With the information you gave one possibility is Nat.Mur, and the other one is Chamomilla.

Chamomilla has got the watery discharge, the rattling cough, general irritability, and covers the teething troubles too, and is espicially indicated for childern.

You may try Chamomilla 30c, one drop mixed in a table spoon of water, and give it as a dose.

Bang the liquid medicine bottle against your palm, 3 to 4 times, and mix one drop of the medicine in a tablespoon of water, and give it as a second dose, after 4 hours.

Repeat the same procedure for the third dose, after another 4 hours, and stop.

Post response after 12 hours of giving the third dose.

I am not a doctor by qualification. See my profile for further details.

gavinimurthy last decade

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