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5 Month Old Cough And Congestion
My 5 month old has cough and chest congestion and spits up mucus she's had this for 4 days should I take her in to dr?
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
5 month old prescribed antibiotics for cough/chest congestion. Has mild congenital b/t/l malacia. How soon should I see an improvement? Temp is 38.7...
I can be hard to determine the exact cause of an infants symptoms... It might be related to teething or it might be a cold. Please monitor your child closely and give palliative care:
1. Cold compresses
2. Children's tylenol (acetaminophen) per the label's directions.
3. Maintain hydration.
4. Call your pediatrician if the fever increases or persists for more than 3 days. ...Read more
Can I give a 15 month old anything to help her cough and congestion. Use Vicks baby rub and a humidifier but cough keeps her up at night.
Is it unsafe to for a 9 month old to have a Vicks vaporizer with the vaposteam in the water? My baby has a cough and congestion that keeps her awake.
I never use it: I find any scented material is more of an air pollutant in small kids than helpful. There airways are different than adults and often become more congested and or drain more when fragrances are used. I basically never recommend it. I can remember the stinky stuff my mom used when I was young, and still hate the smell. ...Read more
14 month old had fever of 100-102 for 8 days with cough and congestion. Dr. Said viral on day 5. Should I take her to the doctor again tomorrow?
My 10 month old has a 101.9 fever (uner armpit reading), harsh cough, and congestion. She sleeps and breastfeeds. Should I seek professional help?
Depends: The fever often depends on the type of germ involved & where it is located. Many infant illnesses are viral & fever will last several days before recovery. As long as baby is taking in enough fluids to wet every 6hrs or better, is playful for much of the day & has no specific symptoms you can let it run its course. If baby can't seem to be playful at all, looks sickly or otherwise spooks you go in. ...Read more
5.5 month old with congestion, now with a cough and can hear phlegm in his chest. No fever but axillary temp was a lil low 96.5f. Should he be seen?
How long: You did not mnetion the duration of the symptoms, if it has been over 4 days I would consult the pediatrician. ...Read more
15 months old with low grade fever (100.9~ 101.9~ 102) for 6 days, cough and congestion, how can I make her feel better, and is this just a bad cold?
Secondary Symptoms: Children can have prolonged low-grade fever with self-limited viral illnesses like uri. More concerned if fever max increasing after day 4, new symptoms develop (ear pain, dysuria) or child is feeling worse after day 4. With viral dx, fever usually highest dy1-3 and trends down, highest late at night and early in morning. With increasing fever/new symptoms, dr evaluates for secondary sources. ...Read more
Are there any OTC cough suppressants that I can give my 2 year old son? He has a cough and congestion, no fever. He weighs 30 pounds.
Post nasal drip: Most of the cough is due to mucus draining from the nose into the back of the throat. Since cough medicine do not shorten the illness, the American Academy of Pediatrics has discouraged the use of any cough medicine in kids under 6 years. You can help with nasal saline drops in the nose and suction it out, use a humidifier. Vaporub is safe to use, and raise the head of the bed, give fluids. ...Read more
What can I give my 4 year old that has a fever and cough and congestion? Mom just had the flu 2 weeks ago.
No cold/cough med: Most pediatricians do not recommend cough or cold medicine for young children. These medicines have never been proven to be of benefit, and can have some pretty major side effects. It is ok to give a 4 year old a teaspoon of honey as needed for cough. Nasal saline spray is helpful for nasal symptoms. Fever reducer is ok, but if the child has fever for >24h or seems very sick, see a doctor. ...Read more
Could cough and congestion in 5 year old cause enlarged nodes in neck. Would they be sore? Or could I headache at back of neck be from cold?
Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes on neck area can get enlarged due to different reasons, among the most common are upper respiratory tract infections. They can be sore and persist for several days. Most of the time they resolve on their own. If they don't and still present after 2-3 wks they should be evaluated. If that is the case the should visit pcp. ...Read more
My 3 1/2 yr old uses albuterol and budesonide in nebulizer 2x a day to treat cough and congestion due to allergies. Is it safe to keep using often.
Depends on conditio: Albuterol is a bronchdilater and Budesonide is an inhaled steroid (anti inflammatory) prescribed in children and adults for bronchial asthma.Depending on the severity of asthma it may have to be used often if needed and prescribed under medical supervision and it is safe. Budesonide is a controller medicine, means it controls the inflammation and albuterol is a bronchodilator used for symptom relief. ...Read more
I have had a sinus infection for 1 month. I am almost done with 2 round of antibiotics. I still have sinus pressure sore throat cough and congestion.
Irrigate and see ENT: What antibiotics were you on? They are not all the same for sinus infections, and it is not uncommon to require 2-3 weeks of consistent therapy for treatment. Irrigation should be started immediately- you can purchase a kit from any pharmacy. You should make an appointment with an ENT doc for further eval and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more
I've had a cough and congestion for about a week now and it won't seem to go away. My cough is pretty bad but I feel fine! Should I get checked out?
Probably....: The cough may be due to bronchospasm so, if the cough is persisting, you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. You may need bronchodilator and possibly steroid inhalers. Other causes of a chronic cough include gerd and post-nasal drip, which have entirely different treatments so see your doctor for a persistent cough for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I had a cold last week but feel much better now. I still have a lingering cough and congestion though. How long until this usually goes away?
2 weeks: The post-infection symptoms can sometimes last up to 2 weeks later as your lungs and throat recover. ...Read more
Bronchitis: If this persists or gets worse get a medical evaluation by a licensed medical practitioner ...Read more
Have cough and congestion I think is allergy related. Reactine makes me constantly hungry. Is there another antihistime that doesn't stimulate appetit?
Yes: Try homeopathic euphrasia or hydrastis. See an herbalist and consider food allergy testing. Go gluten free and see if that helps. See a chinese medicine practitoner as all these ideas can actually help you reduce or eliminate medication and improve allergies. Check out air tea at www. Franzcenter. Com/herbaceuticals. I have great results with that. ...Read more
It may be, but...: When your pregnant, your body can be more susceptible to underlying viral illnesses and allergies. Overall, simple allergies and viral illnesses are safe, but it is always best to be sure she stays in touch with and has regular appts with her GYN Dr. Best wishes. ...Read more
What to do if I have a bad cold with a bad cough and congestion so I can hardly breathe what should I do?
See a doctor: Any issue making it difficult to breathe requires immediate care ...Read more
I was trying to get some meds for sickness, my Dr. Is on vacation for 2wks. I have a real bad cough and congestion nor can I sleep.
Is using a camphor liquid made for warm mist humidifier dangerous? I have a cough and congestion.
Xlear: Your doc may tell you that you have a sinus infection. You can use a natural product called xlear (pronounced "clear") to clean out nasal (oxymetazoline) passages and break up the biofilm where germs multiply. Tastes good too! Please skip the camphor and just use a warm mist humidifier. ...Read more
My kids r on cetirizine can I give them Bromfed (brompheniramine) as well for cough and congestion?
Depends: There is no contraindication in receiving the two medications, but be careful that you know what you are treating. Bromfed (brompheniramine) should not be used in children with asthma or if there is a possibility of a lower respiratory tract infection and is not approved in children under the age of 5yrs. When in doubt see their pediatrician for evaluation and recommendations...it's much safer. ...Read more
Persistent, dry cough and congestion in the morning with normal temp. Previously lost voice for a few days (healed). Common cold?
Probably: Probably a viral infection, but could be seasonal allergies. Hope this helps! ...Read more