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2 Month Old With Cold And Cough
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
16 month old who has the common cold and cough. What medicine if any can I give him fot the coughing. Coughing is not severe but it bothers him.
Cough med in toddler: Most over the counter cough and cold preparations in the children's section are not FDA approved for children under 2 years. Cough caused by post nasal drip may improve with an over the counter allergy medication (Zyrtec and Claritin are approved for ages 6 months and older). ...Read more
I have recently been diagnosed with pneumonia what are the chances of my 7 month old catching it? She already has a cold and cough but was checked
Pneumonia: Term applies to infection of lung and whether it is communicable to family will depend on the causative agent. Some are not transmissible by inhalation. If she has a cold and cough this may be viral or atypical pneumonia and she should recover rapidly. Be alert for any changes in behavior or symptoms and go back to pediatrician asap if there is any question. Babies get very sick very quickly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can my 6 month old baby use cold and cough syrup if so what do u recommend for him concerned mother
I wouldn't: The nasal & airway structure of young infants is quite different from older kids or adults. Studies have shown no benefit of cough/cold preparations to kids under 6. They also reflect a large number of ER visits and poison control calls from these meds. If you need something to do, keep track of fluid intake. That is more important overall & more likely to help baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pediatrician advised to give my 21 month old 24 pound daughter 1 TSP dimetapp cold and cough childrens. Is this okay?
Old medication: This is a product sold by prescription 3 decades ago but available over the counter for the last 2. It underwent a formulation change about 10 yrs ago, reducing its strength. At about the same time most realized these products have little value and advised against use under 6. I find this dose a little heavy, by double (when used for allergies). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is dimetapp cold and cough bad for a 6 yr olds who takes it everyday for over two months? My fiances son has really bad allergies and had been on childrens claritin. Recently, someone had switched him to dimetapp cold and cough after he did in fact get a
No, but...: If someone needs medicine like that for long periods of time, it is best to get at the root cause and find out what he is allergic to. Then you can eliminate or reduce the exposure to the problem instead of medicating the child. Get a referral to a good allergist from your pediatrician of family doc or even word of mouth and solve the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time and patience: Colds go away in spite of, not because of, all the over-the-counter remedies we use. Some feel better with humidified air, but make sure your humidifier is clean. Decongestants and cough suppressants (used short term) can reduce symptoms of runny nose, but cough meds are better at helping you sleep than at reducing cough. Make sure your little one drinks enough fluids to avoid dehydration. ...Read more
Why do my 2 month old baby cough (dry) and sneeze a lot in the morning after getting up. She also sneezes almost 10 times through out the day. No cold?
Air pollution: A newborn will react with cough and sneezing when any irritant triggers the response. This is commonly things as simple as a woman's perfume, fragrances from a plug in or freshly laundered linen, smoke, dust, etc. If you can smell it it can make baby sneeze. Regular rinsing of the nose with saline will help. ...Read more
2 month old with wet cough for 3 days. She gets really bad coughing fits from time and has stuffy nose. Should I worry about a cold at that age?
Yes: A "cold" can be significant a this age. Young babies are nose only breathers, so make sure that you keep her passages clear by using saline drops, encourage extra clear fluids like pedialyte, elevate the head of the crib she sleeps. Check her temp and if over 101, see pediatrician right away. Observe for sleepiness, irritability, decreased appetite. See your pediatrician sooner rather than later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had a bad cough with alot of phlegm/sputum about 2 months ago. Now I have it again. Can I already have COPD at age 25? Or just a common cold twice?
Likely Cold: Given your age, and common things being common, likely just a cold. Symptoms of COPD include airflow limitation that is progressive. Associated with chronic inflammation of the lungs to noxious particles or gases like smoking. Most important risk factor for COPD is cigarette smoking. Amount/duration contribute to disease severity. If you have no smoking history and otherwise healthy, it's not COPD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Nothing much: A cold and cough in an otherwise healthy 22 month should run its course over a 1-2 week period of time. There really are no proven or, more importantly, safe medications that will help your child. Using nasal saline with suction may help relieve some of the nasal symptoms. Use tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for fever. ...Read more
I've cold and cough at the same time, and the cough is non stopping for hours, I'm 40 years old male. Please give me proper medication. Thank you.
6 weeks: The cough associated with bronchitis can last for up to 6 weeks. You don't need antibiotics unless you are feverish or short of breath (and other symptoms, then you should see your doctor). You would just need medication to treat the cough, like over the counter cough & cold medications, allergy medications, or even over the counter heartburn medications can help cough that is due to acid reflux. ...Read more
No cough suppressant: Many pediatric studies have shown that cough suppressants do not work in children, and some kids have adverse drug reactions to them. Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen would be fine for any pain relief if they have muscle aches or a headache (both hard to evaluate in a 1.3 year old). If they seem uncomfortable it is ok to try a dose to see if they improve. ...Read more
Is it normal or common for a 2yr old to still be sick with a cold and cough after 3 1/2 almost 4 weeks now?
No: There may be something else going on. You should see you pediatrician. ...Read more
Cold medicines: Not a drop! Dimetapp and any of otc cold and cough medications do not help relieve symptoms, are useless, money-waster and can cause unwanted bad side effects in your 4yo. The best approach? Give him lots of fluids (water), use saline nasal spray/drops or hot steam inhalation in the bathroom, use humidifier if weather is already cold at night, and give honey to suppress cough especially at night. ...Read more
Love and comfort: Even though we often say "it's just a virus, " that doesn't mean your child isn't miserable! For aches, try Ibuprofen or acetaminophen. For sore throat, gargling to clear out mucous and also help the cough. A spoon of honey or mixed in warm tea also good. At this age otc cough meds ok, but I prefer to address mucous, allow them to cough it out. Nasal congestion-try salt water rinse (neti pot). ...Read more