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A 37-year-old female asked about a female:

Daughter went to pediatrician twice, first for croup (prednisone 3 days) and a week later for fever, congestion, and rattling throat cough. covid pcr test negative, lungs clear, no more fever. cough and congestion persist. any recommendations?

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Dr. Susumu Inoue
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 56 years experience
Sounds like you daughter has an upper respiratory tract infection. Croup in a 7 year old is very rare. Prednisone may have temporarily stopped her immune response to the infection. If she develops shortness of breath, cough with a lot of expectorant, persisting fever longer than 7 days, particularly if she really looks sick all the time, not just in between Tylenols, then take her back to a doctor
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Dr. Paul Christakis
Pediatrics 38 years experience
My suggestion would be, assuming she is acting and eating ok, to give it a few days. If not, she needs to get re-evaluated. It can take a while for the cough to subside.
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