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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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Sore throat, cough, which med is safe if breastfeeding &how to protect baby?

Sore throat, cough, which med is safe if breastfeeding &how to protect baby?

Vague question: We generally avoid salycelates and prefer Acetaminophen as a medicine for comfort if throat lozenges or menthol gum is not adequate. Antihistamine and decongestant containing cough meds can reduce your milk volume, so simple mucolytics are preferred. Baby was exposed to the germ before you became symptomatic, so s/he will either get it or not based on their tolerance to the germ. ...Read more

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I have bodyaches, weak, no fever or cough & i feel very cold. Could this be the flu? I'm a breastfeeding mother to a 3 month old baby.

I have bodyaches, weak, no fever or cough & i feel very cold. Could this be the flu? I'm a breastfeeding mother to a 3 month old baby.

It is possible: That you may be coming down with the flu especially if you are not getting enough sleep. You will be more prone to catching a cold or any virus. Get plenty of sleep, eat properly and take something to help you feel better. Otherwise you will have to see your pcp. Get the flu shot if you have not had yours yet. ...Read more

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18mos baby cough with phlegm, runny nose, fever >100, dont want to eat, only breastfeeding, once vomitting with phlegm. Diagnose? Suggestion for cure?

18mos baby cough with phlegm, runny nose, fever >100, dont want to eat, only breastfeeding, once vomitting with phlegm. Diagnose? Suggestion for cure?

Congestion: Use gentle saline and a suction device. Treat any fever with Tylenol (acetaminophen). Keep her head up and her room cool and with a humidifier. If she is not drinking or wetting diapers, have her assessed by her doctor. All the best and I am sorry she is sick. ...Read more

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If I am breast feeding and have severe cough and runny nose does this affects my 3 week infant? I am also giving her formula bottle .

If I am breast feeding and have severe cough and runny nose does this affects my 3 week infant?  I am also giving her formula bottle .

Yes but: You may be contagious, but breast feeding is the best way to protect your baby from illness. Practice good handwashing, don't kiss your baby on the face, and keep breast feeding! hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What is safe to drink for cough if breastfeeding?

What is safe to drink for cough if breastfeeding?

Ginger and Honey: Fresh ginger tea with honey is good for a cough. Moms who are breastfeeding can safely eat honey. but babies under the age of 1 should not be given honey, corn syrup, or even maple syrup directly because of the risk of botulism. Babies don't produce enough acid in their stomach to kill the bacteria that causes botulism. Moms do. Even if they eat contaminated honey, there is no risk to baby. ...Read more

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What cough medicines can I take while breastfeeding?

What cough medicines can I take while breastfeeding?

COUGH RX: You can take any expectorant or suppressant cough rx .It is minimal amount it will not bother the baby. ...Read more

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What can I take for a dry cough while breastfeeding?

What can I take for a dry cough while breastfeeding?

Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan).: Robitussin dm (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) has an expectorant (guaifenesin) which will help loosen any mucus trapped in the chest and a cough suppressant (dextromethorphan) to keep the coughing at bay. Both are ok during pregnancy and breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Can a take codeine cough syrup while breastfeeding?

Can a take codeine cough syrup while breastfeeding?

Codeine& milk: Codeine is not prohibited during breast feeding but excess sedation in your baby may occur. Watch out for this! Taking the dose immediately AFTER nursing will help most of the medication clear your system before the next feeding time. ...Read more

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Can I take codeine cough syrup while I'm breastfeeding?

Can I take codeine cough syrup while I'm breastfeeding?

No: Codeine is one drug that is actually concentrated in breast milk and may cause problems in the baby ...Read more

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Is there any cough medicine for women who are still breastfeeding?

Is there any cough medicine for women who are still breastfeeding?

A few ideas for you: You can take a product with dextromethorphan if you need to, but don't ignore simple remedies like a couple teaspoon of honey, throat lozenges. If your cough is quite bad, you have fever or chest pain, or if you have any difficulty breathing, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I take for cough and colds with flu while i'm breastfeeding?

What can I take for cough and colds with flu while i'm breastfeeding?

Safe Options: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen. Rest! hydrate well. ...Read more

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Can I take Alka-Zelter plus for cold and cough while breastfeeding? If not what can i take for persistent dry cough?

Probably not: according to my reference Epocrates. Robitussin (guaifenesin) would be OK to take for your cough. A better choice may be to go see your primary care to see why you have a persistent dry cough. ...Read more

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My throat is dry and itchy causing me to cough, I am currently breastfeeding, are any cough suppressents safe?

My throat is dry and itchy causing me to cough, I am currently breastfeeding, are any cough suppressents safe?

Treatment...: You probably don't need a cough suppressant. Your cough is likely due to post-nasal drip and there are effective treatments for that. Since that includes prescription nasal sprays, you should have this evaluated by your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 2 month old daughter is drinking 1 oz at a time ever 2 hours and no breastfeeding. She tickle cough 5-6 times a day.is it normal or need to worry?

My 2 month old daughter is drinking 1 oz at a time ever 2 hours and no breastfeeding. She tickle  cough 5-6 times a day.is it normal or need to worry?

Calories taken in: are ounces of formula times 20 calories per ounce so she is taking 12 ounces which represents 240 calories. Assuming she weighs about 3 kg her caloric intake is about 80 calories per kg per day which is ok. A tickle type cough is nothing to be worried about. Better still is to see how many wet diapers she has in a day. If at least five then she is getting adequate fluids. ...Read more

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Im breastfeeding, suffering a cold with running nose, start of a cough.What safe medication could i take beside vitc.Is comitrex safe?Thanks

Im breastfeeding, suffering a cold with running nose, start of a cough.What safe medication could i take beside vitc.Is comitrex safe?Thanks

OTC antihistamines: When you are breastfeeding, you can generally take meds that were allowed during your pregnancy. You may be able to take over-the-counter antihistamines such as claritin, zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) without any risk. Drink lots of fluids and use saline in your nose. Call your doctor if you have a fever >101 or not improving. ...Read more

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I have a bad cough with phlegm because I have bad asthma. I already used my inhailer. What can I do or take to help with cough. Im also breastfeeding.?

I have a bad cough with phlegm because I have bad asthma. I already used my inhailer. What can I do or take to help with cough. Im also breastfeeding.?

See your MD: If you have persistent symptoms despite using your rescue inhaler, you probably need to be on a controller medication or have your controller medication dose increased. Your doctor can help make that decision. If your asthma is well controlled, you should not need your rescue inhaler more than 2 times per week. ...Read more

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Which type of nasal decongestant/ cough suppressant can I take while breastfeeding?

Which type of nasal decongestant/ cough suppressant can I take while breastfeeding?

Suggestions: Sudafed and afrin are safe decongestants, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and nasal steroids ok for allergy symptoms. Honey is a good cough suppressant. Oral steroids for severe allergy symptoms or oral narcotics for severe cough are ok. Best to clear any meds with OB or pediatrician. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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Gagging (Definition)

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