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5 year old has a night time cough all night what can I do to help him?

5 year old has a night time cough all night what can I do to help him?

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

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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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

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

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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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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?

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

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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 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?

Habit or Tic?: There are many causes of cough, sounds like your doctor has tried treatment for several. More information is needed to know the cause. Cough that is present only during the day may be due to a habit cough or tic. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 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?

Time: Just give him some time and don't be overly concerned.Kids eat when they are hungry .Over the long term,if they are gaining weight,it is more of a problem for the parent than the child. ...Read more

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5 year old has a cold and cough. His heart rate is 125. Is this normal?

5 year old has a cold and cough. His heart rate is 125. Is this normal?

Normal increase: 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

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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?

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

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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough, runny nose and hoarse voice should she see the doctor?

My 5 year old has a cough, runny nose and hoarse voice should she see the doctor?

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

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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough for a week and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

Depends: Acute ear infections often accompany upper respiratory infections such as a cold. She/he should complain of ear pain and likely hearing loss. Definitive diagnosis needs an ear examination and then treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more