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5 month old has wet cough?

5 month old has wet cough?

Go to the Doctor: Hi. I think this is the very definition of when one should take the child to see the pediatrician. Please contact that office to get an urgent appointment. ...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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4 yr old has a cough day & night. Night cough for 2 wks. Added day cough 1wk. Dry cough. When worry? No fever. Vomiting 1 day prior to day cough.

4 yr old has a cough day & night. Night cough for 2 wks. Added day cough 1wk.  Dry cough. When worry? No fever. Vomiting 1 day prior to day cough.

Time for a visit: Most viral infections (colds) should improve after a week. Since your child's symptoms have lasted longer than that and are expanding I would consider a medical office visit. Cough at night may be reactive airway disease and might benefit from inhaled albuterol. There is a mild respiratory infection - Mycoplasma - that can cause mild cough for weeks especially at night. ...Read more

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5 year old has never slept through the night. Help!?

5 year old has never slept through the night. Help!?

Tired not , I'd say: I'm sure you have tried everything. But quality, restorative sleep required 8 hours. He/she needs to burn all left over energy before bed. No sugar or glucose/ carbs at night. Reduce carbs during the day. No red food coloring. No fluids 2 to 3 hours before bed. Alow him/her to stay in the room and play instead of coming out or attending to them, seek medical attention for medication to ..... More. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give my 5 year old children's benadryl and childrens mucinex cough? She has bad allergies which makes her cough mostly at night.

Is it ok to give my 5 year old children's benadryl and childrens mucinex cough? She has bad allergies which makes her cough mostly at night.

MGT: I would not advise giving these medications to your child based on the information provided. I would suggest an over the counter anti histamine such as Claritin instead which is less sedating. The underlying cause of her nighttime cough should be further evaluated by her PCP. Does she have a history of asthma? Is there smoke exposure? ...Read more

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5 year old daughter had dry cough nonstop 6 days. Got steroids helped now getting worse, runny nose and coughing fits frequently, gasping.

5 year old daughter had dry cough nonstop 6 days. Got steroids helped now getting worse, runny nose and coughing fits frequently, gasping.

? Inflammation: Although from the outset, it appears an infectious issue (such as a viral upper respiratory infection), the time frame, age, and improvement to steroids could also indicate and inflammatory process such as asthma or allergies. A trial on allergy/asthma medication that focuses on controlling inflammation of the airways is a reasonable starting point. ...Read more

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My 5 month old recently became very congested and has a tough time sleeping at night. He wakes about every 2-3 hours. Any medicine or advice?

My 5 month old recently became very congested and has a tough time sleeping at night. He wakes about every 2-3 hours. Any medicine or advice?

Congested 5 mo old: Three things to start with. Elevate his head by putting him in his infant seat to sleep. Normal saline nose drops for babies and run a cool mist humidifier near him at night and naps. If it has been over 3 days, have him checked by his pediatrician. I hope that this helps. ...Read more

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1 yr old with wet cough and chest congestion, worse at night, no fever, vomits at night sometimes. on Aerius & Otirivin. Should I give Zithromax?

1 yr old with wet cough and chest congestion, worse at night, no fever, vomits at night sometimes. on Aerius & Otirivin. Should I give Zithromax?

No: you need to see his pediatrician or an allergist, he might have bronchospasm (narrowing of the airways), which can be controlled by nebulized medicines, more important though is rest of history, environmental history, smokers around your child, etc.., good luck ...Read more

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Can i give my 4 year old children's triaminic night time cold & cough medicine ?

Can i give my 4 year old children's triaminic night time cold & cough medicine ?

Cold preparations: Over the counter cold medicines do not reduce symptoms enough to risk the side effects including changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Try humidifier, lots of liquids (chicken soup!) and ice pops. And see your doctor if he is very uncomfortable. Best of luck and get well soon! ...Read more

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What can I give my 3 year old for horrible dry cough? He has coughing fits that keep him up at night. Most medicines for children say age 6+.

What can I give my 3 year old for horrible dry cough? He has coughing fits that keep him up at night. Most medicines for children say age 6+.

Coughing: Steam him in the shower and then use salt water nose drops. Use a bulb syringe to suck up mucus in childs nose, use a vaporizer at night as well as elevated mattress. Push fluids and reduce milk.Tea and honey can be helpful as well as vaporub on the chest. ...Read more

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What relieves a dry cough and sore throat at night for a 2 year old?

What relieves a dry cough and sore throat at night for a 2 year old?

A humidifier: One in the bedroom with the doors closed. Aim for 50% humidity. Saline nasal spray and gel mist is a great way to get your body to think it doesn't need to make anymore goo. Less goo made, less sore throat, and less stuff to make you cough. ...Read more

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3yr old twins had cold symp.10/18 but congestion/runny nose gone. Now developed very bad wet cough especially at night x 1 1/2wks fever102 please help?

3yr old twins had cold symp.10/18 but congestion/runny nose gone. Now developed very bad wet cough especially at night x 1 1/2wks fever102 please help?

Cold now cough fever: The cold has become complicated and probably secondary bacterial infection in lungs causing bronchitis and or pneumonia. You must call your pediatrition as soon as possible for an urgent visit to get proper care. ...Read more

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3yr old has wet cough,stuffy nose, no fever,cough is worse at night, chest/lungs sound clear. Cold?Allergies?Pediatrician put her on Bromfed (brompheniramine) for 3days

3yr old has wet cough,stuffy nose, no fever,cough is worse at night, chest/lungs sound clear. Cold?Allergies?Pediatrician put her on Bromfed (brompheniramine) for 3days

Use pain relief med : Depending on how long the problem has been there and having just been seen, I would make her comfortable with medicines like Tylenol, (acetaminophen) esp at bedtime. If her cough worsens or if fever returns you should have her re- examined. Appears viral for now. Normal saline nose drops may help cough as well as stuffy nose. If problem is recurrent or seasonal then allergy should be considered. ...Read more

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What's causing my 4 year old boy to cough continuously at night?

What's causing my 4 year old boy to cough continuously at night?

Asthma/postnasal dri: Asthma, postnasal drip, allergies, reflux, attention seeking behavior can all manifest this way. Talk to your pediatrician! ...Read more

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My 5 year old kid wakes up at night (between 3 am and 5 am) with vomits and diarrhea with stomach ache. It happened 4 times in the past month.

My 5 year old kid wakes up at night (between 3 am and 5 am) with vomits and diarrhea with stomach ache. It happened 4 times in the past month.

Stomach ache: His stomach ache may be due to something he eats before bed. Keep a diary to see if you can find the food that causing the problem. A second thought is that he is having night terrors or nightmares that is causing his symptoms. ...Read more

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My 6 yr old son began coughing 2 days ago. Sounds congested. Waking in his sleep now with wheezing.Had OTC cold/cough+antihistamine. Not helping!

My 6 yr old son began coughing 2 days ago. Sounds congested. Waking in his sleep now with wheezing.Had OTC cold/cough+antihistamine. Not helping!

No OTC: I'm not surprised the over-the-counter meds didn't help. Studies have clearly shown they are pretty much a waste of money in kids, and probably just delay appropriate treatment if needed. Many of these things are caused by viruses, but if you are hearing audible wheezing, then your child needs further evaluation to see if prescription medications would be helpful. Don't wait until monday. ...Read more

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1 year old sin doesn't sleep at night, never has. He fusses all night & wakes up at least 4x tossing and turning. Has never slept 1 full night. Help?

1 year old sin doesn't sleep at night, never has. He fusses all night & wakes up at least 4x tossing and turning. Has never slept 1 full night. Help?

Sleep: Develop a bedtime routine - bath, story or song, then bed at the same time every night in his own bed. His last nap of the day should end no later than 3:30 or 4pm. Babies that age are naturally restless sleepers, it is ok for him to toss and turn but he need to learn to go back to sleep on his own. If he wakes up, check on him but don't pick him up. He will cry, cough, gag, etc. Dont give in! ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dry Cough (Definition)

Dry cough is a non-productive cough in which sputum/ ...Read more


Nocturnal (Definition)

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