My son is 17 months. He does not stop coughing and vomiting. He has lost a lot of weight. Every time he eats he has this terrible cough as if he is choking. Please Help.

It can be a cause for concern when young children start coughing and vomiting. There can be various reasons for this. Sometimes a common cold can lead to coughing and an upset stomach. In other cases, more serious conditions may be the underlying cause. Therefore the best thing to do is to consult your pediatrician.
Home remedies to relieve coughing in babies include the following;
  • Rub a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the baby’s chest or back. You can also add the oil to warm bath water. Another way to use eucalyptus oil is to add a teaspoon of it to a bowl of hot water. Dip a clean washcloth in the water, squeeze out the water and once it is lukewarm, place over the child’s chest. Avoid putting the oil anywhere near the baby’s eyes or mouth.
  • Coughing in children can also be relieved with warm lemon water. It helps to also soothe the throat.
Home remedies to relieve vomiting in babies include the following;
  • Avoid giving your child anything to eat or drink for half an hour after a vomiting episode. This will prevent further discomfort.
  • Continue breastfeeding the child in order to prevent dehydration.
  • Keep a watch for symptoms of dehydration such as lethargy, dry mouth and excessive fussiness.
  • Older babies who are used to solid foods may be give clear fluids once they feel better.
Before using any of these home remedies, it is important to consult your pediatrician.

answered by G M

The symptoms you describe can be the result of structural conditions which can prevent your child from developing normally.  Please seek the advice of a physician as soon as possible.
Dr. Karen Benton, ND


answered by Dr K B N

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