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Doctor insights on: 1 Year Old Coughing

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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What to give a one year old for a cough?

What to give a one year old for a cough?

Vapor and love: There isn't really any medicine that's authorized for that age. Usually best thing is getting the bathroom steamy and sitting in there for half an hour or so. Helps the mucous drain. You can use Vicks (chest only, not on the feet), and nasal saline and suction to remove mucous from the nose. Other cold medicines are, unfortunately, off limits. ...Read more

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One year old with a cough for 3 weeks, what to do?

One year old with a cough for 3 weeks, what to do?

Many conditions: There are many causes of cough, but one that lasts 3 weeks is considered prolonged. Usually cough caused by uncomplicated viral illnesses lasts 7-10 days. I would suggest an evaluation for wheezing, inflammation in the lung, a secondary infection, an ear/sinus/throat infection and other causes.
Your physician may order testing such as a chest radiograph to determine the cause and to advise rx ...Read more

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What can I give my one year old for her cough after I gave her Advil (ibuprofen) for her fever?

What can I give my one year old for her cough after I gave her Advil (ibuprofen) for her fever?

Cough: In general, cough medications are not recommended for children of this age. A cool mist humidifier and proper hydration are often helpful. However, because the list of potential causes is long, a child with fever and cough should be seen by their doctor. ...Read more

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One year old daughter has cough attacks mainly while sleeping which cause her to vomit has been going on for about 3 weeks, premature 5 wks has reflux?

One year old daughter has cough attacks mainly while sleeping which cause her to vomit has been going on for about 3 weeks, premature 5 wks has reflux?

? twitchy airways: Another fancy name for asthma-like symptoms, can be related to reflux, sinusitis, or viral infections, or other causes. You may want to perform some reflux precautions: raising the head of the bed 30 degrees, thicken her formula with cereal if she is still on it. More important is to see her doctor, as she might need some inhaled bronchodilators to help her at night and probably other Rx meds too, ...Read more

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What can I give my 1 year old for a cough and congestion symptoms?

What can I give my 1 year old for a cough and congestion symptoms?

See below: No otc medicines are recommended for children under 4 years old per the cdc. The best thing to do is: sit up child, humidify the air and suction nose with saline as needed. ...Read more

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1 year old with a cough for a month, strep, and 2 lbs weight loss in 5 days. Chest x-rays were fine but she getting worse. I'm 2nd guessing her dr.

1 year old with a cough for a month, strep, and 2 lbs weight loss in 5 days. Chest x-rays were fine but she getting worse. I'm 2nd guessing her dr.

Second Opinion:: Your child needs further evaluation. Has she started going to day care recently? Cough for 1 month and rapid weight loss is a concern. Strep throat is rare at 1 yr, usual age is 5-15, exceptions are there though.
In evaluating her condition the things to keep in mind are: cystic fibrosis, immunodeficiency, asthma, metabolic diseases, GI (e.g. Celiac) or endocrine disorders. ...Read more

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One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can I give her?

One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can I give her?

Lots pf TLC: It is not recommended to give cold and cough medications to a child this age, the potential side effects outweigh any benefit. You can try elevating the bed so child can clear secretions better, you can run humidifier, bulb suction the nose if there are a lot of secretions. Have child drink lots of clear fluids. ...Read more

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One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can be done or given?

One year old female with cold/cough, stuffy nose. What can be done or given?

Cold: There are no medications for cold at this age. Run a humdifier, suction the nose and make sure she is drinking well. ...Read more

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My one year old found a hall (cough suppressant. Oral anesthetic)it's used for sore throat and coughing. Should I be worried?

My one year old found a hall (cough suppressant. Oral anesthetic)it's used for sore throat and coughing. Should I be worried?

Yes: I would be much more concerned about aspiration and it becoming lodged in the airway (possible emergency). ...Read more

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My 3 1/2 year old coughs so hard she can't breathe sometimes and vomits? What could be wrong?

My 3 1/2 year old coughs so hard she can't breathe sometimes and vomits? What could be wrong?

Viral or bacterial: If there is runny nose and sneezing its a viral infection. Hydration p, cough suppressant and a mixture of lemon juice, honey with luke warm water or tea is helpful. But forceful cough and vomiting could be a sign of pertussis which need immediate attention and antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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What should I do with my 1 year old with a bad cough?

What should I do with my 1 year old with a bad cough?

Doctor: Using a humidifier, regular use of saline nose drops to keep the mucus draining and above see the doctor to find out what the cause, so that proper therapy can be instituted. ...Read more

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My 1 year old son has a cough/running nose for 3-4 weeks, but no fever or other issues.  today he was wheezing when he was walking. What should we do?

My 1 year old son has a cough/running nose for 3-4 weeks, but no fever or other issues.  today he was wheezing when he was walking. What should we do?

Wheezing: You need to take your child to your doctor to get him checked. He can have a cold that went down to his lungs or he could have RSV bronchiolitis. ...Read more

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Yes I have a one year old daughter she's been coughing everytime she is sleeping I have tyenol liquid I want to mix it in her apple juice is it safe?

Yes, but: I don't see where using this would do anything more than give you something to do. This is often do to post-nasal drainage and removing irritants from her environment that trigger it would be better in the long term. ...Read more

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What can you give to help a one year old with a cold with a bad cough? She's 24 lbs.

Honey: The feeling today is to avoid alot of the medications that in the past were used in infants. Honey can be used to soothe the throat in babies over 6 months. If there is bronchospasm then it might help to use a bronchodilator such as albuteral. If the baby is having more distress then a sh0rt course of oral steroids may be indicated. ...Read more

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My baby one year old. She have full cold & cough little bit fever also. What medication is safe to give?

My baby one year old. She have full cold & cough little bit fever also. What medication is safe to give?

URI: Take her in the washroom and let her inhale the steam of a hot shower. At night let her sleep with a vaporizer. Raise her mattress so she is sleeping on an angle. Use salt water nose drops at least four times a day. Rub vaporub on her chest at night. I would not use juice because the sugars may cause diarrhea to add to her discomfort. ...Read more

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I have a one year old so who uses nebulizer but nw he sometimes cough w/ a harsh sound, will I use then the nebulizer?

I have a one year old so who uses nebulizer but nw he sometimes cough w/ a harsh sound, will I use then the nebulizer?

Depends: On the reason for the cough. Generally a "barking" or harsh cough is not indicative of bronchospasm but more suggestive of croup, swelling of the upper airway. When I hear that a child with asthma tends to also have a harsh cough, my first thought is that there may be some silent reflux sensitizing the upper airway. Ask his primary care physician to consider that. ...Read more

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My one year old was diagnosed with a upper resipitory. Infection. It is caisimg him to cough until he screams and cries. Is this normal? No fevee

My one year old was diagnosed with a upper resipitory. Infection. It is caisimg him to cough until he screams and cries. Is this normal? No fevee

Doctor can evaluate: If a mild cough and sniffles are just from a mild cold, babies usually do ok without special medications. However, sometimes there are problems like ear infections, wheezing, and bronchitis, so a baby who fusses a lot or has a lot of cough should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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How long should a cold and cough last in a one year old before taking them to the doctor? And can they do anything for the cold if you do take them?

How long should a cold and cough last in a one year old before taking them to the doctor? And can they do anything for the cold if you do take them?

7-10 Days: Many one year olds with cough with a cold for a week or so. If the coughs is severe (disrupting sleep, associated with fever >102, or limiting activity) I would go to the pediatrician. No over the counter medications work that well in this age group. Your pediatrician may prescribe antibiotics for an ear infection, bronchitis, or pneumonia; or a trial of an inhaled medication for wheeze. ...Read more

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My one year old son has a everyday (only)morning cough, constant nose congestion and gaggs and chokes on some foods. Any reasons?

My one year old son has a everyday (only)morning cough, constant nose congestion and gaggs and chokes on some foods. Any reasons?

Aspiration, reflux: Many things can cause long-term cough and congestion in a one-year old, most relate to inhaling (aspirating) what they eat. What you describe should be discussed with your doctor as they could lead to pneumonia. Be sure your son doesn't get a bottle or cup propped in bed at night. Your doctor is likely to want to check out his swallowing and possible acid reflux. Allergies aren't too likely. ...Read more

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My one year old weighs 22 pounds. Our doctor said to give him dimetapp for his cough. I have the multi symptom cold & flu.

Not recommended: Research has shown that cough and cold medicines offer little benefit to young children and can have serious side effects. Children's Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) can help with pain and discomfort, while a vaporizer or time in the bathroom with the hot shower running can loosen congestion and help with cough. Saline nasal spray can help with a runny nose. ...Read more

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My one year old son has had like a cold for a month. His nose keeps running he has a cough it sounds like he can't get the mucus up. Been to doc alot?

My one year old son has had like a cold for a month. His nose keeps running he has a cough it sounds like he can't get the mucus up. Been to doc alot?

Cold for a month????: Sounds like your child is suffering from allergies. Seek help from an allergy specialist/ pulmonologist in your area. Some ents extend their services to cover allergies too. ...Read more

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My one year old has had a congested nose for 7 weeks now and a cough that only appears when he wakes up in the morning. No fever or any other symptoms?

My one year old has had a congested nose for 7 weeks now and a cough that only appears when he wakes up in the morning. No fever or any other symptoms?

Possibly allergies..: From your description, your child's problem could be a result of allergies. The cough upon awakening can be a result of mucus that has dripped down her throat during the night and is being cleared in the morning. An evaluation by your child's 'pediatrician should help clear up the cause and direct proper treatment. ...Read more

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My one year old daughter has had a temperature (axillary) of 100.8 5 days ago and today 101.5, slight runny nose and mild productive cough. Is this ok?

My one year old daughter has had a temperature (axillary) of 100.8 5 days ago and today 101.5, slight runny nose and mild productive cough. Is this ok?

Evaluation: I would have her doctor take a listen to her lungs as she may have a bacterial infection or another reason for the fever. Viral infections can be precursors to bacterial infections and a concerning sign is a fever persisting or increasing after so many days. ...Read more

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My one year old has a fever, runny nose, and a cough but she eats and play normally she just won't drink milk. What can this be?

My one year old has a fever, runny nose, and a cough but she eats and play normally she just won't drink milk. What can this be?

Viral infection: Monitor her symptoms, they may resolve within a couple of days as they may be from a virus. Give her other fluids, water, rice milk or soy milk until she drinks the milk again, it may be too thick and bothers her throat. ...Read more

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My one year old son has mucus coming out of his eyes and nose, he has a severe cough and is on albuterol and allergy meds, what ele can I do?

My one year old son has mucus coming out of his eyes and nose, he has a severe cough and is on albuterol and allergy meds, what ele can I do?

See allergist: If this has been present for months, you should consider an allergy consult. At this age, food allergy is not uncommon and eliminating the offending foods may be quite helpful. I also did not find any controller drug for asthma in the medication profile. ...Read more