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Views on using calcough on baby of 9 months

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Madethebedx Sun 05-Jan-14 06:04:54

Hi folks, my baby boy is just under 9 months, he's had cough with no fever for few days and dr closed. I am just wondering if anyone has used calcough before and if it helps?

Stubbed Sun 05-Jan-14 06:47:06

Not me. Sounds like just a cough to me. Why don't you leave him to get over it on his own?

Madethebedx Sun 05-Jan-14 08:56:38

Well there is that option duh hmm but it just sounds so uncomfortable and I was looking for opinions from people that have used it, but thanks grin

RalphGnu Sun 05-Jan-14 09:12:54

Hi made, my GP and a pharmacist have both told me it's pointless giving cough medicines to babies and young children as they don't contain any ingredients that would be of any benefit.

Looking at the NHS website, it says the MHRA have recommended that over the counter cough medicines shouldn't be given to children under the age of six.

AnythingNotEverything Sun 05-Jan-14 09:15:10

Current thinking is that cough medicines don't help. You're better off keeping him hydrated and maybe bringing him in the bathroom while you shower so he can breathe in some steam.

TeaMakesItAllPossible Sun 05-Jan-14 09:18:01

Don't use, they don't work.

ilovepowerhoop Sun 05-Jan-14 09:21:14

What is the age guide on it? Only glycerine/glycerol type simple linctus medicines are recommended for that age group. All the other medicines are now for age 6+

madamecake Sun 05-Jan-14 09:21:42

Same as other posters, bothy GP and pharmacist have said cough medicines don't help. The only ones that actually may help are not suitable for babies and young children.

We did give it a go anyway with tixylix baby syrup and it didn't help.

ilovepowerhoop Sun 05-Jan-14 09:23:49

If it is the glycerol calcough then yes you can try it to see if it soothes his throat

Madethebedx Sun 05-Jan-14 09:52:33

Aww thank you, that's good, I won't, I'm a first time mummy and just want to take his cough away sad but like the first poster said maybe just have to leave it to go itself, thanks for advice on this smile xx

KatOD Sun 05-Jan-14 09:55:18

My DD had awful coughs on and off from 3mo to about a year. The only thing that we found eased them was putting a humidifier on in her room (you can buy them in Argos pretty cheaply), basically the equivalent of putting her in a steamy shower room but you can control it.

Good luck!

Bedsheets4knickers Sun 05-Jan-14 11:23:47

Abit of Vicks vapour rub on soles of feet is supposed to help a cough. Never remember to try it myself tho!

lola88 Sun 05-Jan-14 11:43:32

Try some warm water with a spoon of honey in it in a bottle or cup always worked for DS

shinynewname Sun 05-Jan-14 11:45:16

No honey for under ones though!

McPheezingMyButtOff Sun 05-Jan-14 11:51:37

I used this with dd. All it did was give her the shits hmm

ilovepowerhoop Sun 05-Jan-14 12:03:00

Vicks isn't for under 2's and honey isn't for under 1's.

Lollypop1983 Sun 05-Jan-14 12:08:45

U can get baby Vicks. Snufflebabe? I've used that on LO feet for a cold, and it worked, not tried it on a cough tho

Panzee Sun 05-Jan-14 12:09:01

Vicks is fine for babies, it says on the pot.

ilovepowerhoop Sun 05-Jan-14 12:10:21

Normal Vicks is for over 2's now but there may be a baby version you can use

Panzee Sun 05-Jan-14 12:15:20

Oh have they changed it? Bet it's only because they can't be bothered to test it!

ilovepowerhoop Sun 05-Jan-14 12:18:30

It can apparently increase mucus build up and has caused respiratory distress in babies.

starlight1234 Sun 05-Jan-14 12:19:59

I have done vicks on son (6) would say 50/50 works but worth a try..Also put pillow under matterss to raise head a little at night..can help

ilovepowerhoop Sun 05-Jan-14 12:21:37

Maybe the age changed after this article :

Panzee Sun 05-Jan-14 12:29:13

Not according to their statement below! Also who puts it on noses?

ilovepowerhoop Sun 05-Jan-14 12:31:12

The article is from 2009 so they have had a few years since to change it. The Vicks website says age 2 as we'll

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