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A 36-year-old female asked:

5 year old child has runny nose and cough for over 5 days. should i give a cough suppressant or let it run its course? no fever and is acting fine.

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Mostly viral: Let it run its course since he is acting normal.Supportive treatment if symptomatic and/or with discomfort . See doctor if condition worsened,not eating, difficulty breathing or with persistent fever not controlled with acetaminophen or ibuprofen .
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Cough: If it is not interfering with daily activities or sleep, is better not to use cough suppressants. If the cough is bad, you can use a teaspoon of delsym (dextromethorphan) every 12 hours.

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Last updated Jan 27, 2015

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