A member asked:

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?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Oscar Novick answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Make an appointment for your child to be seen as soon as possible. He may need antibiotic treatment.

Answered Oct 4, 2016



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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh answered

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

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.

Answered Jan 16, 2015



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