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Doctor insights on: 18 Month Old Cough

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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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My 8 year old son has cough for 2 weeks now. Tried cough syrups but still have cough?

My 8 year old son has cough for 2 weeks now. Tried cough syrups but still have cough?

Go to doctor.: Let him check the child and make appropriate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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2 month old exposed to whopping cough?

2 month old exposed to whopping cough?

See your DR: If your 2 month old has been directly exposed to a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough, you need to see your doctor. At your baby's age, he has not yet completed his primary pertussis vaccination series, so he is susceptible to contracting this disease. Known contacts, including your baby, will need to be treated for exposure to the disease. ...Read more

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2yr old daughter has 101.9° temp, cough progressing since saturday?

2yr old daughter has 101.9° temp, cough progressing since saturday?

Go to the Doctor: A fever in a child is an emergency. Please sign off of this application and call your daughter's pediatrician and go see them urgently today! ...Read more

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12 year old boy vomit then headache 4 times in past month?

12 year old boy vomit then headache 4 times in past month?

Probably migraine: But he needs to be evaluated. Your primary care doctor can examine him and determine if this is pure migraine or if there is something more serious that needs to be ruled out. If it's migraine, it can be treated. If it's something more serious, than the sooner you find out, the sooner you can start doing something about it. See your doctor. ...Read more

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7 months old baby girl with a cough. Should i give her children's cough syrup?

7 months old baby girl with a cough. Should i give her children's cough syrup?

No: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants trigger cough.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from baby's environment & this will happen less.No cough syrup!!! ...Read more

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My 12 month old has a bad cough runny nose, pediatrician?

My 12 month old has a bad cough runny nose, pediatrician?

Depends: If your child has a runny nose and cough but otherwise doing fine they may just have a bad cold. However, if your child has fever associated with that running nose and cough and is not eating well then they may need further evaluation by your pediatrician to see if something else is going on. ...Read more

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My 19 month old son has had diarrhea for 18 days vomiting every few days with low-moderate fever?

My 19 month old son has had diarrhea for 18 days vomiting every few days with low-moderate fever?

See your dr: That is too long for a routine viral stomach bug. See the pediatrician. Your child could have a urinary tract infection, or a bacterial intestinal infection. Bring a stool sample when you go. ...Read more

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1month old son has cold and cough?

1month old son has cold and cough?

Cough: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing& cough. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from baby's environment & this will happen less. ...Read more

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5 month old has wet cough?

5 month old has wet cough?

Go to the Doctor: Hi. I think this is the very definition of when one should take the child to see the pediatrician. Please contact that office to get an urgent appointment. ...Read more

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5 year old daughter had dry cough nonstop 6 days. Got steroids helped now getting worse, runny nose and coughing fits frequently, gasping.

5 year old daughter had dry cough nonstop 6 days. Got steroids helped now getting worse, runny nose and coughing fits frequently, gasping.

? Inflammation: Although from the outset, it appears an infectious issue (such as a viral upper respiratory infection), the time frame, age, and improvement to steroids could also indicate and inflammatory process such as asthma or allergies. A trial on allergy/asthma medication that focuses on controlling inflammation of the airways is a reasonable starting point. ...Read more

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Can i give my 18 month old amoxicillin its my 6 year olds amox.Liquid

Can i give my 18 month old amoxicillin its my 6 year olds amox.Liquid

You : You should not give your child a prescription medication that is not theirs without consulting your child's doctor for a few reasons: - your 18 month old may not have an illness that can be adequately treated by amoxicillin - your 6 year old should take the entire Amoxicillin prescription for their infection unless the doctor told you to stop it. - Amoxicillin liquid expires after 10 days. - medication doses are weight based and it is not safe to give an 18 month old a 6 year old's dose. - if your 18 month old is sick, giving a few doses of antibiotic may not make them better, but can make any testing for illness such as strep testing unreliable. So if you think your 18 month old is sick and in need of an antibiotic, give his/her doctor a call. ...Read more

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My baby girl 1 year old having vomit diahrrea fever?

My baby girl 1 year old having vomit diahrrea fever?

Keep hydrated: We're seeing a lot of gastroenteritis, or the "stomach flu". Currently it's the norwalk virus, or a norovirus. The biggest thing is making sure she doesn't get dehydrated. Watch urine output, tears, drooling and energy level. If those start to flag a bit, then go get her looked at. ...Read more

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Why would an 18 month old kid ears bleed?

Why would an 18 month old kid ears bleed?

Several possibilitie: The most common reason at that age is that the toddler is sticking things/objects in his ears. Could be fingers, fingernails, toys, legos, etc. Could have an outer ear infection (otitis externa) but this would be uncommon at 18 months unless has been in water a lot. Finally, middle ear infections with rupture of the eardrum could be a final cause. Blood from ears not normal and needs to be checked. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter has been throwing up continuously for last 2 hours. She threw up 6 times in last 2 hours. Any advice?

My 3 year old daughter has been throwing up continuously for last 2 hours. She threw up 6 times in last 2 hours. Any advice?

Seek help now!: Prolonged vomiting can be caused by many things. Vomiting itself is a concern due to dehydration or having electrolytes in the body getting out of ballance. Hoewever, there may be another underlying cause that a physician can help you sort out. ...Read more

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