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My 3 week old baby has coughed a few times today. Is it normal for newborns to cough?

My 3 week old baby has coughed a few times today. Is it normal for newborns to cough?

Yes and no: Three times in a day doesn't sound like an illness as much as it may be baby clearing his/her airway. Babies are quite sensitive to smoke/ dust/fragrances/ cleaning odors/etc. and may become congested and or cough in response. You need to eliminate these from babies environment and flush the nose if needed with saline. Increasing cough or change in feeding habits could signal a problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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What to do if my 3 week old baby been coughing a lot?

What to do if my 3 week old baby been coughing a lot?

See the doctor: Its important that your baby's pediatrician check your baby to make sure there is no pneumonia, wheezing or other problem causing this cough. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby always coughs right after she's finished nursing.. Why?

Likely normal: Babies have the remarkable ability to breathe and swallow at the same time. So right after feeding she may be inhaling a little milk and sputtering a bit. That' s fine, and you can ignore it. However, if she's getting very fussy and irritable, reflux is also a possibility. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby has a congested nose and cough. His doctor only prescribed nasal drops but nothing for the cough. What can I give him?

My 3 week old baby has a congested nose and cough. His doctor only prescribed nasal drops but nothing for the cough. What can I give him?

Post nasal drips: The most likely cause for the cough is from post-nasal drips and thus the doctor is trying to find out if stopping the post-nasal drips would stop the cough. If not, then he will likely pursue other causes. ...Read more

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Why does my 3 week old baby have herpes oral sores?

Why does my 3 week old baby have herpes oral sores?

M.D. visit: At this age, there may have been exposure during delivery. It is important to have him examined by your pediatrician. Infections may spread quickly, so this is an urgent visit. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby is all stuffed up he's snorting is there anything i can do to help him breath better?

My 3 week old baby is all stuffed up he's snorting is there anything i can do to help him breath better?

Stuffed: Best to just use bulb suction to mechanically remove the gunk in his nostrils. Use a humidifier, which will help loosen it. Or you can put 1-2 drops of warm salt water into a nostril before aspirating. ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby sleeps all the time. I usually have to wake him to eat. He has a good appetite. Is this normal?

My 3 week old baby sleeps all the time.  I usually have to wake him to eat.  He has a good appetite.  Is this normal?

Yes: Baby needs a lot of sleep when growth hormone is secreted by the body. If he is otherwise healthy, i won't worry over it in a few years, you will likely wish that he will sleep a little more. ...Read more

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Is it okay to give gas drops to a 3 week old baby?

Is it okay to give gas drops to a 3 week old baby?

Yes: Simethacone is often used for infants gas issues.I am not convinced they do much, but some parents swear by them. ...Read more

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I have a 3 week old baby, I'm constantly worried she's going to catch a cold or flu. Is it common at this age to get colds?

I have a 3 week old baby, I'm constantly worried she's going to catch a cold or flu. Is it common at this age to get colds?

No: The more common reason for nasal congestion or cough at that age is exposure to dust/fragrances/smoke /cooking or cleaning odors/etc. Babies tiny nasal passages react to things you tend to ignore. If you eliminate these from babies surroundings and use nasal saline to help wash them out, baby will be less congested. ...Read more

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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more