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A 34-year-old female asked about a male:

14mth old boy had head cold now chesty cough at nigh/phlegm drips down throat. nose running brown/yellow mucus. been 7 days. when see a doctor?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Productive cough: Make an appointment for your child to be seen as soon as possible. He may need antibiotic treatment.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Dr. Amrita Dosanjhanswered
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Post nasal drip: Your child may have a viral infection which typically can take 10 days to clear up. If there is a fever, problems breathing or any pain, I think he should be seen right away. Keeping him well hydrated, using nasal saline and gentle suction and a mild decongestant for children at night will help to alleviate his symptoms. If the cough lingers more than 3 weeks, he should be seen for chronic cough.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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