Many children’s medications aren’t recommended for kids under 2—even some natural ones. “Depending on the ingredients, the medication could affect an infant’s breathing, speed up the heart rate, keep infants awake, or make them extra drowsy—more so than for older kids,” says Tanya Altmann, M.D., editor of The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Birth to Age 5. Hyland’s now makes a cough syrup safe for babies 6 months and up—and you can try these solutions:
For stuffy noses
Holding babies upright for 15 to 20 minutes while they’re awake can help drain built-up mucus. Also ease mucus with saline drops (1 to 2 drops in each nostril), or suction mucus with a bulb syringe.
A humidifier can help calm dry coughs. For barky coughs, bundle your baby up and head outside for 20 minutes to let him breathe the cold, dry air.