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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?

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?

I would: Yes that would be a good idea to do a complete head to toe exam. I have examined children with vague symptoms to find they have an ear infection or something very treatable. Good luck please see your physician. ...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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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...

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...

5-7 days, but. . .: 5-7 days should be enough to see improvement, but if you feel the child is getting worse sooner I wouldn't hesitate to take them back to the prescribing physician or er sooner. ...Read more

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Can a 4 month old get a cough and congestion from teething?

Can a 4 month old get a cough and congestion from teething?

Maybe: 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

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My 10 month old has been vomitting for 8 days now with cough and congestion getting concerned i?

My 10 month old has been vomitting for 8 days now with cough and congestion getting concerned i?

Urgent care or ER: Vomiting that long is usually serious.
Vomiting associated with coughing should also prompt consideration of whooping cough (pertussis).
You should have her evaluated right away at an urgent care clinic or emergency room. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Avoid aromas: Any odor can aggravate a cough in a young infant or child. I encourage paents to avoid Vicks or similar aroma products until school age, if ever. Proper fluid intake, nasal wash with saline and Robitussin are the things we can use at this age. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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?

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?

Yes: 8 days with high fever is concerning for an 1-y/o infant. Your baby might have a complications of common cold such as a viral pneumonia.
I would recommend a chest x-ray and blood work. Visit your doctor again or nearest pediatric er for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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What can I give my 1 year old for a cough and congestion symptoms?

What can I give my 1 year old for a cough and congestion symptoms?

See below: No otc medicines are recommended for children under 4 years old per the cdc. The best thing to do is: sit up child, humidify the air and suction nose with saline as needed. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Has mild fever, cough and congestion. She has a 2 old week baby. Should she see a dr?

Has mild fever, cough and congestion. She has a 2 old week baby. Should she see a dr?

Yes: Anyone 2 weeks out from a delivery would benefit from discovering whey they have fever and whether it could make baby sick. The fever may or may not be related to the congestion and could be a complication of her delivery. It deserves at least a phone call to her doc. ...Read more

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What can I give my 4 year old that has a fever and cough and congestion? Mom just had the flu 2 weeks ago.

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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What would you do to get rid of a cough and congestion?

What would you do to get rid of a cough and congestion?

Identify trigger: There are many reasons for cough and the treatment should be directed at the underlying reason rather than a "cough suppressant." an allergist or pulmonologist are specialists in respiratory conditions if the problem continues. ...Read more

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Have cough and congestion I think is allergy related. Reactine makes me constantly hungry. Is there another antihistime that doesn't stimulate appetit?

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

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Can I take Pediacare cough and congestion with motrin?

Can I take Pediacare cough and congestion with motrin?

Yes but: Yes, contains chlorpheniramine, dextromethorphan, and pseudoephedrine. Better to take similar product in adult dosage. ...Read more

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My sister has a horrible cold, with cough and congestion. She's 24 wneeks pregnant. Is it safe?

My sister has a horrible cold, with cough and congestion. She's 24 wneeks pregnant. Is it safe?

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

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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.

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.

Book an online: Visit with any of our Health Tap expert physicians; understanding that not all cough and congestion require antibiotics at all. We cannot dispense sleeping medication other than OTC products. ...Read more

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Is using a camphor liquid made for warm mist humidifier dangerous? I have a cough and congestion.

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

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My kids r on cetirizine can I give them Bromfed (brompheniramine) as well for cough and congestion?

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

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Nasal Congestion (Stuffiness) (Definition)

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