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How long should a cold and cough last in a one year old before taking them to the doctor? and can they do anything for the cold if you do take them?

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Dr. Craig Canapari
Pediatrics 20 years experience
7-10 Days: Many one year olds with cough with a cold for a week or so. If the coughs is severe (disrupting sleep, associated with fever >102, or limiting activity) i would go to the pediatrician. No over the counter medications work that well in this age group. Your pediatrician may prescribe antibiotics for an ear infection, bronchitis, or pneumonia; or a trial of an inhaled medication for wheeze.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
2 weeks: After two weeks it may be more dangerous than a regular "flu". Do not hesitate to check with your doctor.

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