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my 1 year old had a cold 7 weeks ago but still has a persistent cough, especially at night.

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Dr. Alan Mease
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Persistent cough!: There are many types of cough that can persist after a cold. If it is worse at night it could be due to post nasal drainage which could indicate an allergy. Is it a wheezy cough? If so it could suggest bronchospasm. Is it a wet cough? This could suggest a secondary pneumonia particularly if associated with fever. You should see a good pediatrician to check it out.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Post viral: After a viral illness, the airway may be more prone to bronchospasm which results in prolonged cough. A bronchodilator may be indicated, and a visit with your pediatrician is indicated. Monitor for fever, rest and provide fluids.

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