Hi there ... our two year old son has picked up some kind of a bug, he's had it for about 5 day's now. symptom's are: being sick once a day in the morning, he has a bit of a cough, he's drinking water, no food, he's breast feeding from mom still, and no t
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Pediatrics 21 years experience
The : The best ways to treat a cough are:
-drink plenty of fluids
-keep a glass of water by his bed at night
-use a humidifier if the air is dry
-eat a spoonful of honey, or drink apple juice, or chicken broth to help with any "coughing jags"
-research shows that these methods are as effective as over the counter cough medicines which aren't safe for 2 year olds anyway.
If he experiences any respiratory distress, he needs immediate medical attention. The signs of respiratory distress are:
-rapid breathing (more than 60 times a minute)
-grunting or gasping with breathing
-flaring of the nostrils
-working hard and using extra muscles to breathe such as sucking in at the neck or under the rib cage
-blue or dusky coloring
-change in speech or level of alertness
reasons to call his doctor are:
- unable/refusal to drink
- concern for dehydration
- a cough that isn't improving after a week
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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