My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.

Close

Posted: | Report This Report Question |
Q.

WHAT CAN YOU DO IF A BABY/TODDLER HAS PHLEGM

MY 8 MONTH OLD HAS PHLEGM ANG COUGHS QUITE A BIT BECAUSE OF IT. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO TO HELP A BABY SPIT IT OUT OR THROW IT UP. OR EVEN A REMEDY THAT HELPS IT LOOSEN UP SO THEY CAN THROW IT UP?

Related Topics: Cough, Toddler, Baby, Spit
 
Best Answer 
Primary Care
4,886 Answers
28,090 Helpful Votes
391 Followers
A.
Most Helpful Answer

Babies and toddlers cannot hock a loogie.....they can cough to the point of vomiting and that will bring it up, or they can naturally swallow it.

While children are not big fans of having their nose suctioned, doing so will reduce their cough. You can use a bulb syringe or buy a new little device called the Snotarator (look it up on the Internet). Expectorants or decongestants should not be used by babies, so basically there are medicines.

Use saline nasal spray or drops to reduce the viscosity (make mucous thinner) and run a cool-mist humidifer in the room. This is the best you can do, since some of the coughing is from accidentally aspirating their own saliva (teething), and there is nothing you can do about drooling either.

This answer should not be considered medical advice...down arrowThis answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

Posted:
| Report This Report Answer

Was this helpful?

YesNo

Thanks for your feedback.

7 of 8 found this helpful