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A 42-year-old female asked:

my 6 year old daughter has had a cold for two weeks and she coughs up mucus and she has had a high fever up to at least 104 and chills. cold or flu?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Possibly flu: get a flu test to rule out the flu and get checked out
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Not a cold!: Colds and flu (viral infections) usually last less than a week in children. Prolonged symptoms, especially when associated with high fevers, is strongly suggestive of a bacterial process such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis and others. Prompt evaluation and treatment would be wise!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Time for a visit: This may well have started out as a cold or other minor problem.However, a persistence of 2 wks and a 104 fever suggests the possibility of pneumonia.I would have her seen by her doc within 24 hrs. Concentrate on hydration for now.

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