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A 36-year-old female asked:

my 1 year old started coughing 8 hours ago and now his fever just went high to 39.6 degrees celsius. i gave him fenamin suspension for fever and prospen for cough. but fever is taking a bit of time to go down. he gets chills now and again?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
You should call your pediatrician to see what you should do next. If the baby starts having difficulty breathing or the fever doesn’t come down, you should go to an ER ASAP. Children can get very sick very fast so don’t hesitate to go to the nearest ER. Increasing fluids will help with the fever. Is there any chance of Covid exposure? If so, get the baby tested. Best of luck to you!
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Fever is a sign that his body is fighting an infection and is generally not dangerous; children often have fevers at that level. Make sure he is drinking plenty of fluids. If he is having difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting, not drinking fluids, or the fever persists, he needs to be examined...by his own doctor preferably, but if having difficulty breathing, please take him to the ER.

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My babys throat is red, shes been coughing, and she sounds hoarse, should I call the doctor?

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What can someone do for a bad cough with chest pain?

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Antitussives: The best relief from cough is prescription medication. Usually this comes in two main forms 1) non-narcotic 2) narcotic. Most of the non narcotic forms use antihistamines or affect the cough receptors themselves (ie benzonoate). Narcotic cough medications usually contain either Codeine or a synthetic Codeine (like hydrocodone).
A 25-year-old female asked:

My 1month old baby has gurgling sound when she breathes, its like she has phlegm, but she doesn't have cough or cold, its worst at night what could it be?

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Dr. Sabina Ben-Zion
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Can be normal: Babies often have a congested sound because they breathe through their nose and can't blow their noses. Your baby may also have some milk/formula in back of throat that she is not clearing or coughing like adults would. As long as your baby is not having labored breathing, and it is not interferring with her eating or sleeping, treat it as just a noise.

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