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A 26-year-old female asked:

my 4 month old son has been running a fever of 99.5 for 5 days and has been coughing, sneezing, and congested in his chest. should he see his dr ?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Low grade temp: Would not give Acetaminophen for this, rather run a humidifier, suction the nose out with some saline drops and makes sure he is not having any difficulty breathing. Babies have trouble feeding when their nose is plugged up. If you have any doubts take your baby in to see the doctor.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Fluids/monitor: This is something you can probably monitor at home. If baby has playful times/fluid intake enough to wet diapers every 6hr/breathing not too noticable suggests home care is ok. Lack of play/noticable incresed work to breathe/poor fluid intake all suggest a dr visit in order.Nasal saline helps keep the nose clear & tylenol (acetaminophen) as a comfort med may help.

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