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5 Year Old Has A Night Time Cough All Night What Can I Do
NIGHT TIME COUGH::
Many causes, e.g. Post nasal drip from sinus congestion, simple cold, asthma, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, etc. Because of weather changes, kids are getting more cold/viral illness with cough.
Make sure he drinks enough fluid, avoid dairy for 4-5 days, keeps nose clean using saline nasal spray followed by gentle nose blowing. Honey is good for cough. Check with his pediatrician if not better. ...Read more
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
My 5 year old son has had a dry persistant cough since October it flares up then dies down but isn't unwell with it what could it be? Often at night
Suspicious asthma: A chronic cough that is often worse at night frequently is a symptom of a type of reactive airway disease (asthma). If your pediatrician has not been able to help you with this, recommend a pediatric pulmonologist or allergist. The other thing to consider is inhalation of a foreign body, although 5 is a bit old for this to commonly happen. Do you recall a choking episode around time this started? ...Read more
My 5 year old daughter had allot of congestion making her cough a lot at night and not get much sleep. She's not taking any of it out. What shouldwedo?
See her doctor: She needs to be evaluated, over the counter medicines won't be enough, as she might need antibiotics/prescription medicines ...Read more
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.
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
5 year old, fever around 104 only at night, slight cough, a little congestion, some pain in lower right side of abdomen, and now nose bleed?
My 5 year old is sick all the time, has a constant cough and respiratory issues. Her hair is thinning and she gets tired easily. What's the cause?
Hard to say on this: Platform. She needs to have a full exam by her doctor, and possibly lab work to rule out underlying causes, as well as possible referral to a pulmonary specialist, and/or immunologist or endocrinologist. ...Read more
5 year old cough. Has been going on for 6 weeks. Been to dr. 5 times. Tried antibiotic, singulair, (montelukast) and Claritin. No cough when asleep. Help?
5 yr old daughter with fever and cough for four days only at night time. Is physicians care need or is it presumed viral and to run it's course?
Pease of mind: It may be viral, but it could be bacterial. Have peace of mind by taking her in for a doctors visit. ...Read more
My younger brother, a five years old boy, has a fever with cough but we noticed that their is a little blood inside his phlegm. Is this a risk?
See below: Blood streaking in the phlegm could be due to a blood nose (epistaxis) that drained to the back of the throat, but it may also be due to other reasons, like a tear in the throat from hard coughing or worse. . . A bronchitis or pneumonia. Especially if the child is having any breathing difficulty, get him seen asap. ...Read more
My 2.5 year-old daughter woke up last night with whooping cough (trouble breathing for 1 min) and elev. Temp. No fever during the day but now temp is 102.6. Cough still sounds very bad. Urgent care?
Allergens in bedroom: There may be something in the bedroom that she is allergic to, such as stuffed animals or bedding. ...Read more
My 2.5 year old has been having low appitite since he became sick with fever, vomitting n cough. He is fine now but he is still not eating. What to do?
My 5 year old has a real dry rough cough is there any medicine I can give him took him to doctor and she said just liquids smh?
My 5 year old has had a cough for a few days. Now, he hasa lot of pain in his abdomen. It seems like its hard for himto breathe and his temperature is 100.3. What should I do?
His heart rate is slightly high. If he has a cold or a fever his heart rate can increase and that would make it normal.
Keep him well hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, if he has a fever use Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen and that would help with the fever and decrease the heart rate. ...Read more
My 5 year old has a wet cough but no signs of a cold and no fever should she be seen by her doctor and over-the-counter meds have not helped?
Allergies?: If only wet cough start by addressing the possibility of allergies causing the excess phlegm. Give benadryl, (diphenhydramine) or any other allergy medicine. If not better in a few days, cough becomes worst or shortness of breath, then seek prompt medical attention. In the later scenarios it might be asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis all of which need medical evaluation. ...Read more
NotNecessarily: If your child is otherwise acting okay, and staying hydrated it is fine to observe. Persistent sore throat, if fever lasts more than 3 days, of the color of the mucus changes, if any shortness of breath/wheezing/distress occurs then you need to take them to their doctor or the ED. ...Read more
My 5 year old has a persistent cough that has lasted for a couple weeks and today is complaining of a stomach ache that he says He's had all day.
My 5 year old has a cough, yellow snot/congestion, sore throat and woke up with crusty eyes, no fever...I'm guessing that she has a virus???
Not much...........: The american academy of pediatrics has come out not recommending cough medicines, due to a lack of improvement in multiple controlled studies--as well as several deaths. There has recently been an article confirming the efficacy of honey (in tea) as an effective reliever of cough. Honey should never be given to a child under one year of age. ...Read more
Viral: If your child is fully vaccinated and does not have any underlying conditions, it is probably viral, with no need for antibiotics. If he has persistent fever or chest pain he needs an exam. Otherwise, fluids, prop him up to sleep, and some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before bedtime to help him sleep through the night without coughing. ...Read more
My 5 year old son has a barking cough. I've been giving him Pedicare every four hours. He's had the cough since Wednesday?
I have a 5 year old daughter Sarah that has a hard cough, she's stuffy and she gets on and off fevers. I have been giving her Triamedic cold& cough.
Seek med attention: Especially if she has had coughing over a week or develops heavy breathing. ...Read more
My 5 year old caught a cold 3 weeks ago. Had fever on day 1. He's happy & energetic now, but he's had a lingering cough for 2 weeks. Problem?
The most common: Reason for persistent cough after a viral infection is Reactive Airway Disease (RAD). RAD = mild Asthma, in which a child has spasm of the small airways manifested by coughing, but not audible wheezing or trouble breathing. His pediatrician can diagnose this. Another possibility is " walking pneumonia" from a viral or Mycoplasma infection. Don't give cold/ cough meds under age 6. Take him in. ...Read more
My 2.5 year old daughter often has a lingering cough 2 weeks after a cold. Can I give her cough medication if yes which one? We just give her honey
My daughter has what I describe as a persistent "wet" cough. She was prescribed Bromfed. Is this suitable for a 5 year old?
Old time practice: We did this for many years, more to give you something to do than for known effectiveness. About a decade ago the AAP and other medical groups moved to limit any such products under the age of 6, because of limited benefit vs the risk of kids overdosing when they decided to treat themselves. ...Read more
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