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My younger brother , a five years old boy, has a fever with cough but we noticed that their is a little blood inside his phlegm. is this a risk?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 55 years experience
AURI: A little blood in the sputum is not at risk.It means his cough is severe to have a little bleeding with it. Does he have cough syrup ?
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: Blood streaking in the phlegm could be due to a blood nose (epistaxis) that drained to the back of the throat, but it may also be due to other reasons, like a tear in the throat from hard coughing or worse . . . A bronchitis or pneumonia.. Especially if the child is having any breathing difficulty, get him seen asap.
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Last updated Oct 13, 2016

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