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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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Dr. Laura McMullen
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: - fever - unable/refusal to drink - concern for dehydration - a cough that isn't improving after a week good luck!

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