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7 week old has a dry cough off and on all day. no fever, no runny nose. should i be concerned? pertussis has me freaked out

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
No: No need to be concerned, pertussis very unlikely at this age, your baby has still got passive immunity from you, reflux can cause the dry cough, try not to overfeed, prop your baby up or at least 30 degrees while feeding, raise the head of the bed , keep clearing the nose with saline, if no improvement check with your pediatrician
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes/no: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less.

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