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My two year old has a wheezing cough and is struggling to eat as her nasal passages are blocked, what can I do to ease the symptoms?

My two year old has a wheezing cough and is struggling to eat as her nasal passages are blocked, what can I do to ease the symptoms?

Immediate exam: Use saline nasal saline drops from the drug store and a vaporizer for your child. Help to gently clear the discharge with tissue. Also, I suggest an immediate exam at a clinic. Serious illnesses such as pneumonia must be checked for. The sooner your child is properly examined at a clinic the better the chances for a full recovery. ...Read more

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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I have a 2 year old that has a horrible cough and she is wheezing you can hear it in her chest what is the best thing I can give her to help ease it?

I have a 2 year old that has a horrible cough and she is wheezing you can hear it in her chest what is the best thing I can give her to help ease it?

Needs a visit: A kid this age with this pattern of symptoms may have a treatable form of pneumonia or asthma. Treatment would depend on the findings of exam and possibly an x-ray. If it is doing this I wouldn't try to manage this with over the counter meds. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a dry hacking cough when she sleeps. No stridor or wheezing. What can I do to ensure it does not turn in to something worse?

My 2 year old has a dry hacking cough when she sleeps. No stridor or wheezing. What can I do to ensure it does not turn in to something worse?

Mgt: One possible cause are allergies and another is reflux and aspiration. Post nasal drip if there is congestion usually causes a wet cough. If there is a parental history of allergies, asthma and if she has had eczema and/or allergic reactions, these may be more likely to occur. ...Read more

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2 year old with stuffy nose, and cough that sounds like a bark? No fever, no wheezing, worse at night. How do I make him feel better?

2 year old with stuffy nose, and cough that sounds like a bark? No fever, no wheezing, worse at night. How do I make him feel better?

See Doc re: Croup: When a child has a cough that has a "barking" quality, a doc should check them for an illness called Croup. A pediatrician should see your little guy today. Croup can have serious complications at times even requiring hospitalization. Since your child is young, he probably can't tell you how sick he really is. He should be assessed today and monitored closely. Rx treatment will help him get better ...Read more

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2 year old has a really bad cough, wheezing, fever on n off, runny nose, n vomits sometimes. Inhaler helps breathing but cough very bad please help..

2 year old has a really bad cough, wheezing, fever on n off, runny nose, n vomits sometimes. Inhaler helps breathing but cough very bad please help..

See doctor!: Your child must be seen right away by a doctor before the difficulty breathing gets worse. The cough and wheezing may be evidence of severe asthma, which can be life-threatening if untreated! ...Read more

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How to relieve my two yr old sons cough and stuffy nose? Had to rephrase my last question! No fever or wheezing had symptoms almost 3 weeks now.

How to relieve my two yr old sons cough and stuffy nose? Had to rephrase my last question! No fever or wheezing had symptoms almost 3 weeks now.

Get evaluated: Prolonged cough in children can be caused by a variety of conditions, so physical exam will like be required to determine the cause and treatment. If he is asthmatic, albuterol should be used according to your asthma plan. ...Read more

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2 yr old has a cold accompanied by cough and wheezing. Eating and playing normally. Is the wheezing normal?

Common issue: Many lower respiratory tract infections will trigger wheezing in infants and toddlers. This can vary from minor to so prominent the kid has air hunger and refuses to eat or drink. The tendency tends to decline as the kid grows and diminishes considerably after the age of 5. The older/larger the kid is the more resistant the airways are to this process. ...Read more

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2 yr old daughter has respiratory rate of 60 accompanied by a cough and slight wheezing. Should I take her to the ER?

2 yr old daughter has respiratory rate of 60 accompanied by a cough and slight wheezing. Should I take her to the ER?

Yes: A respiratory rate that fast indicates respiratory distress & makes oral feeding dangerous. It is generally a sign of poor oxygen transfer into the blood & an indication oxygen may be needed. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old son has cough and wheezing at night while sleeping, no fever. I have cough syrup, ventolin syrup, terbutaline syrup n ventolin nebules.

My 2 yr old son has cough and wheezing at night while sleeping, no fever. I have cough syrup, ventolin syrup, terbutaline syrup n ventolin nebules.

Asthma control: Use nebulizer with Albuterol as directed by his doctor, ~ 3-4 x/day. Use only one oral bronchodilator, Albuterol, as directed, ~ 3 x/day. Don't give a cough suppressant See doctor now & in follow-up for maintenance medications. Seek evaluations for gastroesophageal reflux & allergies. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/childhood-asthma/in-depth/asthma-in-children/art-20044376 ...Read more

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2yr old has a cough for 4 weeks day and night. Eats/plays normal. No fever, or runny nose, no wheezing. Throat irritated from cough. Allergies? Doc visit?

2yr old has a cough for 4 weeks day and night. Eats/plays normal. No fever, or runny nose, no wheezing. Throat irritated from cough. Allergies? Doc visit?

This could be: Allergies, but I would recommend a visit to her doctor. With a cough for 4 weeks, she should be examined, so that the proper diagnosis can be made and proper treatment ordered if needed. ...Read more

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2 year old only coughing at night. It is not chesty or wheezy. He cough and then sleep for 5mins. It goes for abt 30 mins and then sleeps thru night?

2 year old only coughing at night. It is not chesty or wheezy. He cough and then sleep for 5mins. It goes for abt 30 mins and then sleeps thru night?

Cough: If there is no fever this should past in less than two weeks. If symptoms continue or worsen then see a doctor.
Run a cool mist humidifier at the child's bedside also. ...Read more

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2 year old still drooling. He is not teething. He wheezes a lot. He coughs all day and all night. Could it be caused by large tonsils?

2 year old still drooling. He is not teething. He wheezes a lot. He coughs all day and all night. Could it be caused by large tonsils?

Drooling: It could be. Another cause could be reflux, allergies or some other things. These are only guesses; you need to see your doctor, have him evaluated, and referred to a specialist, if indicated. ...Read more

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My 2yo has had a cold for 3 days. She has no fever but a plehgmy cough and slight wheeze. Should I be worried or continue home treatment?

My 2yo has had a cold for 3 days. She has no fever but a plehgmy cough and slight wheeze. Should I be worried or continue home treatment?

Better see her doctor: Not sure what kind of home treatment you are referring to, it seems your daughter has an upper respiratory infection, possibly viral, affecting her lower respiratory tract a as well. Most of the time it is a self limited condition, but may progress given the description you just gave, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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My 4 year old has been coughing a dry cough but not sick at all no wheezing either. No asthma or anything should I be worried?

My 4 year old has been coughing a dry cough but not sick at all no wheezing either. No asthma or anything should I be worried?

Not right now: A dry cough without other symptoms, is safe to observe. It should resolve in several weeks. If there are new symptoms consider having him/her checked. All the best. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has sesame and nuts allergy. Are they for life? He used to cough a lot when he was a child but no wheezing

My 3 year old son has sesame and nuts allergy. Are they for life? He used to cough a lot when he was a child but no wheezing

Plan On It: They could be. Even though he has not had wheezing, it could develop as he gets older. Stay away from the nuts and talk to your doctor about giving him an epi-pen in case of a breathing related emergency related to the allergy. ...Read more

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4.5 year old w/ 5 month dry cough that doesn't respond to asthma or anti-reflux meds or abx. Classic asthma triggers but no wheezing? Pertussis neg.

4.5 year old w/ 5 month dry cough that doesn't respond to asthma or anti-reflux meds or abx. Classic asthma triggers but no wheezing? Pertussis neg.

Post-nasall drip: Persistant cough is 95% of the time a combination of reflux, cough-variant asthma and/or post-nasal drip. The PND can be caused by allergy, chronic low grade sinusitis or non-allergic rhinitis. If all these problems have been excluded the child needs a thorough evaluation by either an allergist or pulmonologist who is experienced with children. ...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?

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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My son will be 1 year old on 2/16/16. He started having a runny nose, congestion and a cough on Tuesday. No fever, clearish snot, and didn't seem to really be bothered by it until yesterday. I noticed that he's wheezing a little bit and I wasn't sure if I

My son will be 1 year old on 2/16/16. He started having a runny nose, congestion and a cough on Tuesday. No fever, clearish snot, and didn't seem to really be bothered by it until yesterday. I noticed that he's wheezing a little bit and I wasn't sure if I

Wheezing: Some viruses in infants are associated with wheezing, particularly the RSV virus. If he is working hard to breath, has poor PO intake of high fever, he should be checked. The treatment is symptomatic and involves keeping his nasal passages clear, elevating his head and making sure his room is not too hot or dry. All the best. ...Read more

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Hi, my 5 year old daughter has cough and wheezing. Can I give her salbutamol liquid medicine by mouth along with albuterol inhaler?

Hi, my 5 year old daughter has cough and wheezing. Can I give her salbutamol liquid medicine by mouth along with albuterol inhaler?

Better not: If you are giving her the right dose with the right technique, using a spacer. Repeating the inhaler dose every 20-30 minutes if needed, till symptoms abate, if no improvement despite that, you need to call her doctor or go to ER, best wishes ...Read more

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3 year old boy with fever for 1 day, cough 3 days, wheeze and runny nose. On xray it says asthmatic bronchitis. Does he need antibiotic?

3 year old boy with fever for 1 day, cough 3 days, wheeze and runny nose. On xray it says asthmatic bronchitis. Does he need antibiotic?

Probably not.: It doesn't sound like a bacterial pneumonia. But if the fever persists or he gets worse, i'd call your doctor back. 'asthmatic bronchitis' and viral infections look very similar on xrays. ...Read more

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A case of child 5 years old with history of eating green bean with sudden cough& audible wheezes after that.

A case of child 5 years old with history of eating green bean with sudden cough& audible wheezes after that.

? Choking vs allergy: This sounds like the child might have choked the food and food went to wrong passage i.e. Respiratory (lungs), known as aspiration. Sometime, food cause allergy and develop similar symptoms. If persist, please see a doctor. ...Read more

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My 2yr old daughter and been sweating in here sleep with a cough (duck sounding) that worsens while sleeping and with weezing.

My 2yr old daughter and been sweating in here sleep with a cough (duck sounding) that worsens while sleeping and with weezing.

You don't mention: How long it's been going on or if she has fever, but if she has a "barky" cough ; wheezing, it's best to seek medical care today to find out if it's due to infection, inhalation of a foreign body (peanut, popcorn seed, small non-food item) or any other cause, so that she can receive appropriate treatment in a timely fashion. ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough for two years and was told it's acute bronchitis 6 times. Now I have chest pain/shortness of breath/wheezing. What do I do?

Mgt: An inbox consultation is available and the imaging may be reviewed at that time.
The imaging can be uploaded for review.
Have you had a CF sweat test? Do you have a history of sinusitis or other infections?
There are several possible causes and I would suggest an appointment. ...Read more

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Almost 3 years old. Slight cough, fever. No wheezing, small mucus, fast breathing, Active. Not feeding well but drinking water and peeing. Worried?

Almost 3 years old. Slight cough, fever. No wheezing, small mucus, fast breathing, Active. Not feeding well but drinking water and peeing. Worried?

Worried, but ok: It sounds most likely to be a respiratory virus. This should hit it's peak around 3-5 days, with cough and congestion going away after 10-14 days. Watch for fever over 102.5, poor urine output, lethargy, irritability, breathing over 40/min, difficulty breathing with stomach and neck muscle use, or wheezing. If those develop, bring him in. ...Read more

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Hi I would like to now what could it be that I have wheezing but no cough used to be a smoker for about 25- year and quit about 4 month ago?

Congratulations!: Wonderful that you have quit smoking; however, it sounds as if you may be having symptoms from the damage that the long term smoking has caused. The great thing is that you quit smoking! Please see a doctor and have a simple peak flow performed; the doctor will have an idea if you have lost lung function. Perhaps he/she may even have samples of an inhaler to start you on to see if you improve. ...Read more

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I have lung problem. Twice or three times a year during the night, shortness of speech, wheezing, mucous when cough. Help! Please recommend medicine!

Asthma: Your episodes are consistent with nocturnal asthma. Bronchodilater inhalers would provide relief. See your physician to see if he/she agrees. Avoid dust collectors in your bedroom and any pets probably should be avoided also. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more