U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
ZA
A 43-year-old male asked:

Hi, our 17 month old boy has a wet cough for over 2 weeks now. he coughs mostly at night and early morning when he wakes up. we have been giving him cortisone for 4 days now but it still persists. should we wait longer and hope that it will pass?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Price
Pediatric Pulmonology 13 years experience
Most likely URI: Persistent cough in a 17 month old for 2 weeks can be as simple as the common cold. It can also be caused by viral induced bronchospasm, particularly if the cough is dry and worse at night. An inhaled or oral steroid may help. Also an inhaled bronchodilator may help as well. If there are any persisitent fevers, weight loss, or loss of appetite, see you pediatrician.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Sep 5, 2018
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.