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Strategies to eliminate staph carriage can include using topical antibiotics in the nose (staph likes to hide there), soaking in a diluted bleach solution, using special medicated soaps, decontaminating bedsheets, or treating asymptomatic family contacts with topical or oral antibiotics. Whatever the cause, coughing can Irritate the throat, leading to more mucus production, more swelling, and more cough- so soothing lozenges (for older kids), popslcles or Ice cream can be far more effective than any medication. Note that many babies (especially breastfed) can go days without stool- that's not constipation, as long as the stool is soft. * Maternal health problems, which includes post-partum depression.

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