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Can I Fly With My Baby When She Has A Cold
Depends on variables: This varies with the intensity of the symptoms and your need for travel. If you know you will have available backup healthcare where you are going it is less a problem. If the kids misery would make the trip a real burden I would consider delaying or skipping it altogether. ...Read more
It depends: If your baby is less than 3 months with a fever of 100.4 or greater, than yes. If your baby's cold is causing increased work of breathing, than yes. If your baby is having trouble keeping hydrated, than yes. Most "colds" involve a runny nose and cough which do not necessarily need a doctor's attention unless accompanied by other worrisome symptoms. ...Read more
Avoid aromas: I am fine with a misting vaporizer for any kid with congestion. However, I consider Vicks as air pollution and likely to produce more airway irritation in infants. I seldom recommend this product, and limit it to kids over 6 years if I do. Your better therapy at 1 monts is bountiful use of nasal saline drops and nasal suction. ...Read more
Wife is pregnant, she has a cold and a dry cough what can she take to help that doesn't affect the baby?
Rest: Rest, fluids, and time are the safest. Plain Robitussin or cough drops can help. The NIH actually did a study proving that chicken soup really does help. Hot tea with honey and lemon can sooth as can inhaling steam and gargling with warm salt water. If she needs more she should check with her doctor. If it is influenza she may need an antiviral like tamiflu (oseltamivir) or even hospitalization.Hope she feels better ...Read more
I woke up my daughter up at 4 am but she has a cold. Does this effect the EEG and will I get sent home after sleep depriving my child if she has a cold?
I have a 1 year old baby girl and she has a cold that she has had for a month. She has a cough and her nose runs green?
URI: Children can get 6-8 colds a year, especially if in daycare or school. Often the colds occur in winter months and can seem like a continuous problem. It is possible the child has sinusitis or adenoiditis and may need an antibiotic. You should flush the child's nose with nasal saline. See pediatrician or ent. ...Read more
I have a 8 month old baby, 6.5 in corrected age. She's very healthy she has a cold and she sounds like her throat is a bit raspy can I give her tea?
Yes: Follow the directions, but yes, it is safe. ...Read more
Baby has lots of green eye discharge and watery eyes but eyes are not pink/red. She has a cold and rubs eyes. Pink eye? Polymicin?
Discomfort with cold: A cold may be accompanied by fever, irritability, poor appetite and of course a running nose. Sometime the secretion produced becomes mucous in character an allergic running nose usually doesn't cause the irritability and fever seen with cold and rarely becomes mucous. ...Read more
Cold virus: A person with a cold is contagious as long as he/she has cold symptoms which is air born (sneezing) or thru direct contact. ...Read more
Supportive care: Babies @ this age have few if any treatments that improve on the condition. Avoiding irritants like smoke or smells that increase nasal stuffiness helps. Clearing their nose with saline wash is very helpful when they begin sounding stuffy. Pay attention to fluid intake to be sure baby wets a diaper at least every 6 hours.Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be used for fussy periods. ...Read more
Is it the Flu?:
Generally, cold symptoms are mild, with a gradual onset of sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and cough. Children may not even have a fever. The flu in contrast has an abrupt onset with fever, body aches, headache and few if any nasal symptoms, and makes kids feel and look allot sicker.
To avoid the flu, do not forget to protect your family with a yearly flu vaccine! ...Read more
A cautious approach to neonates and young infants with fever is prudent, given the risk and potentially adverse consequences of unrecognized and/or untreated serious bacterial infection.
A thorough history is an essential component of the evaluation of young infants with documented fever (rectal temperature ≥38°C or 100.4°F). ...Read more
Humidifier & TLC!: Colds in babies can be so hard because there are not many medicines that are safe to use. A simple cool-mist humidifier with plain water can work wonders for your baby's congestion and cough. Also, saline nose drops/spray is really helpful for the stuffy nose. If there is a lot of mucus, a bulb aspirator is useful. Upright positioning for sleep (in a swing or carseat even!) may also help. ...Read more
Tough answer: Most children in daycare are susceptible to frequent infections because they seem to pass viruses to each other through contact. It's probably best to keep them away if you think they have more serious symptoms like high fevers or a productive cough or they have a known bacterial infection. Once they have been treated by a pediatrician with antibiotic for a day or two, they should be ok. ...Read more
Bronchodilator: Albuterol is a bronchodilator, a medication that opens your airways to allow better airflow, and is not for used mainly for treating colds, especially in a 3 month old. I would have your child seen by a pediatrician and get a good evaluation and the proper treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
Several things: Many have URI (upper respiratory infections) >10/year. Consider allergies. Narrowing or complete obstruction of the nostril by discharge, a foreign object, or choanal atresia. Try Normal Saline drops (5-10/nostril) and suctioning, and if that doesn't work, talk with your pediatrician. ...Read more
Seasonal condition: Not unusual this time of year.Get a more detailed answer ›
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