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Can I give my baby an antiseptic spray for his sore throat?

Can I give my baby an antiseptic spray for his sore throat?

No: Not at all, very dangerous to use any product without discussing with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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My baby is 2m old .can i give him a little honey for his throat n stuffy nose?

My baby is 2m old .can i give him a little honey for his throat n stuffy nose?

No : Do NOT give honey to your 2 month old. Honey can be very dangerous in a child less than 1 year old. 2 month olds don't typically get sore throats and honey won't cure a stuffy nose. If your 2 month old is sick, they should be evaluated by a pediatrician. If they have a fever, they need to be seen urgently. ...Read more

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I've had a fever of 101-104 for 3 days with sore throat stuffy nose and cough my dad won't take me to the hospital/doctor for anything and im scared!

I've had a fever of 101-104 for 3 days with sore throat stuffy nose and cough my dad won't take me to the hospital/doctor for anything and im scared!

Infection...: You most likely have an infection and, most of the time, these infections are viral and they will run their course and resolve on their own within 7-10 days. But, if your symptoms are getting worse, then you need to see a doctor because if a bacterial infection is present, you may need antibiotics. Is there another family member who can take you to a doctor, if necessary? How old are you? ...Read more

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My daughter has an ear infection. I gave here Claritin (loratadine) for her nose 5 hours ago. Can i giver her acetaminophen now for the pain?

My daughter has an ear infection. I gave here Claritin (loratadine) for her nose 5 hours ago. Can i giver her acetaminophen now for the pain?

Ear infection: Yes, you can. All medical therapies (ie, decongestants, antihistamines, mucolytics, nsaids) have not provided measurable short- or long-term improvements in patients with ear infection only antibiotics therapy has provided measurable benefits. You have to see your pediatrician soon. ...Read more

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My 7 year old has a stuffed up nose and sore throat what can I do to help him?

My 7 year old has a stuffed up nose and sore throat what can I do to help him?

Remedies: Tips: Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestionsaline 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. ...Read more

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My 22lb 15 month old son has hand foot and mouth disease can I give him Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or can I rub a itch cream on it???

My 22lb 15 month old son has hand foot and mouth disease can I give him Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or can I rub a itch cream on it???

No itch cream: typically, hand, foot mouth disease is most worrisome because the oral lesions, and possible associated fever will cause a loss of appetite, and an increased risk of dehydration. the lesions are not usually itchy, and benadryl might not help at all. i would definitely avoid any topical creams, as they could be accidentally ingested. I would recommend tylenol (acetaminophen) at usual doses ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to wash my mouth with diphen hydramin syrup to reduce my sore throat?

Can you explain if it's possible to wash my mouth with diphen hydramin syrup to reduce my sore throat?

Yes: This gargle works: mix 3 teaspoons maalox liquid with 2 teaspoons Benadryl (diphenhydramine) liquid and one teaspoon chloraseptic spray (take the spray top off the spray bottle), . Gargle and swish well for at least a minute and spit out. You can repeat every few hours; don't swallow since you'll be loading up on benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Can I use betadine throat gargle to rinse my around my mouth for herpangina?

Can I use betadine throat gargle to rinse my around my mouth for herpangina?

Yes, but won't help: Herpangina is a viral infection (coxsackie) resulting in painful oral ulcerations. The infection is contagious and resolves in 7-10 days. There is no effective treatment other than constitutional support: fluids, analgesics such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, and rest. Betadine rinse would prevent secondary infection, but also would be irritating, exacerbating the condition and not killing the virus. ...Read more

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My son started coughing and has an itchy throat. What can I give him to alleviate the discomfort until we see an allergist?

My son started coughing and has an itchy throat. What can I give him to alleviate the discomfort until we see an allergist?

Sounds like: Allergy. You can certainly use Claritin (loratadine) (5 mg per 5 ml) syrup otc and follow instructions since you did not mention your son's age. Usually 6 months and up to six years old .Half teaspoon should do once at night. 6-12 years old one teaspoon once at night. ...Read more

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Should I give my six-month old Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for a very bad cold? He can hardly breath through his nose and cannot heat.

Should I give my six-month old Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for a very bad cold? He can hardly breath through his nose and cannot heat.

It's not helpful.: Use saline nose drops and suction the mucus from the nose as often as needed. Also, elevate the head of the crib.If your doctor ok's it, use a humidifier in the room during sleep.Cold and cough meds are proven not to help and can cause severe side effects. If these actions don't help enough, he needs to see his doctor. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son has a very sore throat and has a rash on the roof of his mouth, should I take him to docs before christmas?

My 4 year old son has a very sore throat  and has a rash on the roof of his mouth, should I take him to docs before christmas?

Probably: If there is a question in your mind, and it seems to be getting worse or not improving, ....Especially if he has a fever. I would opt for taking him in for a check....If nothing but for your own peace of mind.. ...Read more

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My daughter 18mo. Woke up with sore throat/cough i gave her oranges, tylenol (acetaminophen) and silenex. Is there anything else i can do or give to prevent get worse?

My daughter 18mo. Woke up with sore throat/cough i gave her oranges, tylenol (acetaminophen) and silenex. Is there anything else i can do or give to prevent get worse?

Sore Throat: Make sure she is getting enough fluids so as not to dehydrate. You can monitor her hydration status by observing her wet diapers. If the symptoms worsen or persist for another day, or you are concerned about hydration, consult with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 7 month old has stuffy nose. What can I give her or do to help the stuffy nose and congestion? I am doing the saline spray/drop

My 7 month old has stuffy nose. What can I give her or do to help the stuffy nose and  congestion? I am doing the saline spray/drop

?irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages & exposure to dust, fragrences, smoke & other irritants.Baby tries to flush these out of the nose with mucous but this often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & suctioning the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. ...Read more

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For how long an Adenovirus(specifically) Sore Throat will make saliva contagious? Can I infect my eyes with my saliva, after a week for example?

For how long an Adenovirus(specifically) Sore Throat will make saliva contagious? Can I infect my eyes with my saliva, after a week for example?

Explanation : Adenoviral infection usually involved upper respiratory area including eyes, nose and throat. It takes around 7-10 days to clear it out. If eyes have a pus it means you have bacterial infection and need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can I use regular Vicks on my 17 months old feet he has a nasal infection and has been to the dr and is on an oral antibiotic what else can I do?

Use humidifier: Vicks rubbed on chest my help in relieving nasal congestion and ease out the breathing .You can use humidifier in his room,that will helping his breathing and continue oral antibiotics . ...Read more

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What can I give my son for heartbuns and sore thoat? I took his to ugrest care and he is 19 years old. They gave him azithromycin and promethazine. He can't drink or eat anything without it burning and then he rolls up in a ball like a baby/

What can I give my son for heartbuns and sore thoat? I took his to ugrest care and he is 19 years old. They gave him azithromycin and promethazine. He can't drink or eat anything without it burning and then he rolls up in a ball like a baby/

What : What was the diagnosis? The medications they prescribed are for an infection, possibly an upper respiratory infection, and upset stomach. These medications will not be very effective against heartburn (gerd - reflux). Typically over the counter medication for reflux are Prilosec and zantac (ranitidine). You can try one of them, but if the symptoms last for more than a week then you should see your regular physician for a more complete history and exam. If the sore throat is due to an upper respiratory tract infection the there are a number of medications available at the major pharmacies. Ask the pharmacist for assistance. ...Read more

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