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My baby is wheezing a bit with his bad head cold. hes on meds now. do i still need to give him breathing treatments? he hasnt been wheezing unil now.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Age? why on nebs?: Your ? Raises ?. Breathing rx is one good way to moisten the airways of a congested/wheezing kid which helps them get mucous up. If baby is playful with resp rates 40's to 50 & taking fluids well, this is probably not much of a change and nebs help some. If the rr>55, baby iis working to breathe & feeds are falling off it is time to discuss the change with your dr.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: Sometimes a bad cold can progress to bronchiolitis. Speak to your doctor to see if albuterol nebuluzer treatments are appropriate. Some studies are showing that they may make the illness worse. I do prescribe albuterol for wheezing but if your baby is not getting better he should be seen by his doctor.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
Need more info: Has baby seen a doctor for this illness? Used a nebulizer in the past? If so, a treatment may be indicated. Baby's age is also important in determining what can be handled at home and what requires an exam. Other worrisome signs: young age, breathing difficulty, decreased feeding, fever, grunting, retractions, lethargy, irritability. I'd feel best if you spoke with your doctor re: specifics.

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