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Ways to Get Rid of a Cough for a 6 Month Old Baby

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
Ways to Get Rid of a Cough for a 6 Month Old Baby
A cough may make your baby irritable and fussy. Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images

Causes of cough in a six month-old baby include cold, croup, viruses, allergies and sinusitis. While most of these illnesses are mild, hearing your baby cough is worrisome, particularly if your baby is fussy. Most physicians won't treat your baby's cough with medication, but there are some ways to soothe a cough until your baby starts to feel better.

When to Call the Doctor

Most coughs are harmless, but if your baby's cough doesn't get better within one week, it's best to contact your physician. Other reasons to call your physician include if your six month old is struggling to breathe, wheezing, coughing up blood or has a fever above 103 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cough Suppressants

Over-the-counter medications for coughing are often called cough suppressants, expectorants or decongestants. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not suggest using these medications with children who are under the age of two. These products are not proven as safe for children this young and are not proven effective in treating coughs. The only time you should administer one of these medications is if your physician advises you to give it to your baby.

Soothing a Cough

Warm, steamy air may help soothe a cough. If you don't have a warm mist humidifier, sit with your baby in a bathroom with the hot water running in the shower for about 20 minutes. Exposing your baby to cold air is also potentially helpful. Use a cool-mist humidifier in your baby's room while he sleeps or take him out into the cold outdoor air for about 15 minutes; dressing him appropriately for the weather conditions.

Other Tips and Warnings

Cold drinks such as juice may soothe baby's throat, but do not give him orange juice, which can irritate a sore throat. Always consult with your physician when your baby has a cough if he has a chronic illness such as a lung or heart disease. If your baby stops breathing when he coughs, call 911.

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