Breathing warm, moist (wet) air helps loosen the sticky mucus that may be choking your child. These things may help:
- Place a warm, wet washcloth loosely over your child's nose and mouth.
- Fill a humidifier with warm water and have your child breathe in the warm mist.
Do not use steam vaporizers because they can cause burns.
Tap your child’s chest gently a few times a day as they lay with their head lower than their chest. This can help bring up mucus from the lungs.
Make sure everyone washes their hands with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand cleaner before they touch your child. Try to keep other children away from your child.
DO NOT allow anyone to smoke in the house, the car, or anywhere near your child.
Ask your doctor about shots for your child to prevent other infections.
- A flu shot
- A pneumonia vaccine