A 28-year-old female asked:
2 month old with wet cough for 3 days. she gets really bad coughing fits from time and has stuffy nose. should i worry about a cold at that age?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Lori Semel answered
35 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: A "cold" can be significant a this age. Young babies are nose only breathers, so make sure that you keep her passages clear by using saline drops, encourage extra clear fluids like pedialyte, elevate the head of the crib she sleeps. Check her temp and if over 101, see pediatrician right away. Observe for sleepiness, irritability, decreased appetite. See your pediatrician sooner rather than later.
Answered on Jan 9, 2015
Dr. Marlene Wust-smith answered
32 years experience Pediatrics
Get her evaluated : I would have your baby evaluated to make sure that s/he is oxygenating normally (using a finger or toe pulse oximetry device--should be above 92%) and to have his/her work of breathing assessed. Most infants tolerate colds and do well...but it's important to identify those that may have a serious bacterial infection (eg pneumonia).
Answered on Oct 18, 2014
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