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My 2 month old is fussy and has a lot of phlegm he has been able to sleep he has been coughing too can I give him some infant tylenol (acetaminophen) ?

My 2 month old is fussy and has a lot of phlegm  he has been able to sleep he has  been coughing too can I give him some infant tylenol (acetaminophen) ?

Not advised: Your baby may have an upper respiratory or lower respiratory infection. I would advise, baby nasal saline and gently removing the nasal mucus and checking the temperature. If there is a temperature of 100.4 or more, please see your physician. T If there is wheezing or a hacking cough, vomiting or any respiratory distress, please seek medical care from you pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Sick 1x a month. cough, cold, yellow phlegm. Daily probiotics, vitamin C 2000 mg, exercise 2x a wk, sleep, eat well. Hyperthyroidism now normal. Help.

Sick 1x a month. cough, cold, yellow phlegm. Daily probiotics, vitamin C 2000 mg, exercise 2x a wk, sleep, eat well. Hyperthyroidism now normal. Help.

Time to see the doc: You are doing so much right! But a month-long productive cough suggests to me it is time to have a doctor listen to your lungs, check your sinuses, perhaps analyze the phlegm. Hang in there. ...Read more

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Wife has bad chest cold. Coughing yellow phlegm. Sore from coughing, lack of sleep. Takes citalopram and clonazepam for panic attacks, zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies. What to take now and when to get help. ?

Wife has bad chest cold. Coughing yellow phlegm. Sore from coughing, lack of sleep. Takes citalopram and clonazepam for panic attacks, zyrtec (cetirizine) for allergies. What to take now and when to get help. ?

Symptomatic care: Most colds go away on their own and do not need medications, even with phlegm. Fluids, rest, tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain can all be helpful. Sometimes antihistamines like zyrtec can make getting secretions loose harder. Some folks feel vitamin c helps, and it likely will not hurt, but no great studies exist. Zinc lozenges may have a role. Get help for worsening shortness of breath, fever, lasts 7-20 days. ...Read more

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What is the best sleeping position for babies with cold and cough?

What is the best sleeping position for babies with cold and cough?

On their back: Sleeping on the back with the head slightly elevated. You can use a folded towel underneath the head end of the mattress (not directly under the baby's head like a pillow.). ...Read more

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Had cold/flu symptoms for 8 days, fever and productive cough stopping sleep for last 3. when should I go to the dr? how to stay asleep?

Had cold/flu symptoms for 8 days, fever and productive cough stopping sleep for last 3. when should I go to the dr? how to stay asleep?

Mgt: Most uncomplicated viral illnesses should resolve within 10 days. If you have had a fever for more than three days or a prolonged course, I would advise a follow up visit. ...Read more

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Had cold/acute a week ago/used afrin (oxymetazoline). Now v stuffed early ams/cant sleep/afrin (oxymetazoline) no help. Sitting makes better. New productive cough. Help w/breathing?

Had cold/acute a week ago/used afrin (oxymetazoline). Now v stuffed early ams/cant sleep/afrin (oxymetazoline) no help. Sitting makes better. New productive cough.  Help w/breathing?

Stop Afrin (oxymetazoline): After 3 days afrin tends to make post nasal drip worse. Your cough sounds like post nasal drip plus reflux, for which a decongestant plus nasal steroids and nasal washes usually works well. However, pertussis and a few other things should be checked, so get in and get seen. ...Read more

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I have a dry non-productive cough that will not go away, and my ribs hurt horribly from the never ending hacking. Is there any I have been taking cough suppressants like mucinex, and cold medicine like nyquil. Trying to sleep is horrible , all I do is gu

I have a dry non-productive cough that will not go away, and my ribs hurt horribly from the never ending  hacking. Is there any I have been taking cough suppressants like mucinex, and cold medicine like nyquil. Trying to sleep is horrible , all I do is gu

Hello. : Hello. You might talk to your doctor about tessalon perrles or use of codiene. Both can be very helpful with continual coughing. Make sure that you hydrate really well. At least 8 8 ounces glasses of water per day. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat? There is always mucus in my nose and throat and sometimes it affects my sleep.

Why do I constantly feel like I have phlegm in my throat? There is always mucus in my nose and throat and sometimes it affects my sleep.

Phlegm: You and 31 million other persons have this. Fancy name is mucociliary clearance - look that up. Your nasal cilia are not doing their job of moving bacteria out of the nose/sinuses. try Humming - low tone like "ooommmm" and songs Drink green tea warm, not too hot Increase fluid intake if not clear, consider pulsed nasal/sinus irrigation to restore good cilia movement. (see Hydro Pulseā„¢) ...Read more

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Stopped smoking, chesty cough spasms, making me physically sick, can't sleep, clear phlegm. 2 weeks now. Will anti biotics work?

Stopped smoking, chesty cough spasms, making me physically sick, can't sleep, clear phlegm. 2 weeks now. Will anti biotics work?

Highly unlikely: This does not sound like a bacterial infection. It is probably just "airway cleaning". But regular bronchodilators should help. Have them prescribed by your lung doc, after an examination. ...Read more

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I've been coughing up a lot of phlegm and it keeps me up, is it ok to take robitussin and nywuil together to sleep better at night?

I've been coughing up a lot of phlegm and it keeps me up, is it ok to take robitussin and nywuil together to sleep better at night?

While not identical: there are a number of ingredients that would be duplicated if you used both of these products together. Some of these might be dextromethorphan, acetaminophen, doxylamine, pseudoephedrine, etc. So you would risk taking too much of these ingredients. I would stick to one product and follow package directions closely. Stay well:) ...Read more

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Hello my 9 month old daughter has a really bad cough with phlegm she can barely sleep and she coughs so much till she vomits what can I give her?

Hello my 9 month old daughter has a really bad cough with phlegm  she can barely sleep and she coughs so much till she vomits what can I give her?

See below: No decongestant or antihistamine is safe for infants. Humidification, steam from running the shower and hydration might get you through the night. If severe take her to pediatric er. If stable go to pediatrician tomorrow. ...Read more

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My throat has been filled with phlegm all day and now I can't sleep cuz I feel like I can't breathe?

My throat has been filled with phlegm all day and now I can't sleep cuz I feel like I can't breathe?

Rhinitis : Do you have any fever or other cold symptoms ? If not , then this may all be due to allergic rhinitis with postnasal drip. You can use an over the counter allergy medication such as Zyrtec or Allegra (fexofenadine) . ...Read more

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Is it possible to spit brownish phlegm in the morning because of gingivitis? I clench my teeth when I sleep and I have a cavity that hurts some

Is it possible to spit brownish phlegm in the morning because of gingivitis? I clench my teeth when I sleep and I have a cavity that hurts some

Not likely: Phlegm is usually a description of thick mucus that comes from the respiratory tract. Associating this to a dental condition wouldn't be likely. Smoking, sinus infection, or upper airway inflammation would be more likely. The cavity can be fixed, the gums can be treated, and an appliance can be made to alleviate the clenching. ...Read more

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How to get rid of phlegm in toddler? My 2 yr old son has constant phelgm and severe runny nose and cough. Please help us. No sleep in our house.

How to get rid of phlegm in toddler? My 2 yr old son has constant phelgm and severe runny nose and  cough. Please help us. No sleep in our house.

He may need abx: If your son has been sick for only a few days it's probably a viral upper respiratory tract infection there's not much to do about it. If he's been sick for a week or more most likely he now has a bacterial infection and should be on antibiotics. Contact your pediatrician and have him evaluated and hopefully placed on a course of antibiotics for at least 10 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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