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The first thing you should do if your 7 month old infant has a persistent cough is talk to your child pediatrician. A cough could be a sign of a serious condition such as bronchitis, whooping cough or pneumonia. More likely, however, your baby is suffering from a minor malady such as the common cold or allergies. In that case, your focus will be on symptom relief. Many cough remedies are not safe for children under one year old, but there are a few home remedies you can try.

Humid Air

Use a cool mist humidifier in your baby room at night. The moist air will help reduce irritation of the throat, lungs and mucus membranes and allow your child to sleep easier. You can add a few drops of menthol or essential oil of eucalyptus or pine for further relief. For some coughs, a shorter exposure to hot humid air can help. Take your child into your bathroom, close all doors and windows, and turn on the shower to its hottest setting. Let your baby inhale the moist warm air for about 20 minutes. It also helps thin mucus secretions and keeps the throat lubricated. Plain water, breast milk or formula and fruit juice are all suitable cold choices. New Era hats OutletYou can also try giving your baby sips of chicken broth or chamomile tea.

Remedies to Avoid

Do not give your child any over the counter cough remedies. The Food and Drug Administration has recommended that parents avoid all over the counter cold medications for children under 2 years old. While a spoonful of honey can be soothing to a cough in children older than 1, honey should never be given to a 7 month old, because it can contain deadly botulism spores.

Dr. Nancy Baxi is a board certified internal medicine physician with 19 years of experience. She is currently a primary care physician at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and an assistant professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University and has been an assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.hatstips Dr. Baxi has been a key clinical educator of medical residents and students. She has a passion for sharing medical knowledge and teaching her patients to empower them, and she has won teaching and patient care awards for her work.

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