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Can I Take My Toddler Swimming With Dry Cough
Probably not: Croup is frequently caused by a virus that makes the upper part of the airway very sensitive. Changes in the temperature of the water and the air could irritate the condition. To be safe i would wait until the illness is passed. If there is a question, talk to your child's doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Watching and Comfort: Monitor him for fever, temp above 100.1, and signs of difficulty in breathing. As long as he is breathing well, other than the runny or stuffy nose, just continue to monitor. We do not advise cold and cough medications in very young children. The side effects, are greater, than the benefits. Utilize a humidifyer in his room, and encourage increased fluid intake, helps lessen the harshness of cough ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm on amoxicillinan I was wondering if I can take a night time benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help with my stuffy nose and sore throat?
That's Fine: No issues taking amoxicillin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night but just to be cleat Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an antihistamine and doesn't really treat stuffy nose or sore throat. It can treat rash, itching, watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 4 mth old is congested, sneezing, wet cough, runny nose and has ran a fever but low grade. What can I do for her? Can i put vapor rub on her feet?
I have a dry cough with chest congestion and wheezing...Sometimes when i cough i cough mucus. What can I do or take to help my congestion /wheezing?
My daughter is 2 and has a fever dry cough runny nose and throwing up. She won't eat or take tylenol (acetaminophen) . What should I do beside s warm baths?
Flu symptoms: Push fluids, but make an appoint with your pediatrician or take her to the er for evaluation. ...Read more
My son is 5 months and coughibg horrible with mucas drainage...what can i do to help him be more comfortable?
Take to doctor: How long has child been coughing? If more than a week, might be time to take to pediatrician to make sure it is not a lung infection. most coughs are caused by viral infections and if only lasting a few days, not much to do. Unfortunately there is nothing to give a baby this young for cough. You can try filing a bathroom with steam and sitting with baby in bathroom. ...Read more
My 2 month old son is really congested no fever and bad cough with some wheezing what can I do to make breathing better? Did saline drops(don't help)
My 10 m baby had clear runny nose and sometimes sneezing since yesterday, how can I cure him naturally or should I taking him to the doctor..
Saline nasal drops: As long as he is not running any significant fever or acting ill (ie. Not eating, very fussy), you can use saline drops and a bulb syringe to clear the mucous from the nose. Put a few drops in, and if he doesn't sneeze them back out in a few seconds, clearing the mucous, then use your bulb to suck out the goop. Monitor temp, activity, intake - but if he's his happy usual self, don't need doc yet. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
11 month old fever of 102.5, very runny nose, and slight cough, also not sleeping well. Should I take him to see a doctor or can I treat this at home?
Depends: Fever in an 11mo can be triggered by a number of problems. A 102.5 is not much different than a 103 or 101 in predicting the need for a visit.Fever slows germ reproduction. If your child takes fluids well enough to wet diapers every 6hrs & has happy moments , home care is ok for now.Declining fluid intake, increasing passivity or fussing, or that mommy button going off in your head, get it checked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 8 mth old daughter has a runny nose a little cough and her body is warm 99.4 when I checkef her fever. What can I do to help her get thur the night?
I have throat pain and mild dry cough. Can i take combliflam and cetrizine together to cure it without complications?
Do you mean without: Harm? Well, combiflam is a pain killer, ibuprofen/acetaminophen combination, and cetirizine is an antihistaminic, either might work to relief pain/runny nose, if it is a mild viral URI, it might clear on its own anyway, if it doesn't or gets worse in few days, see a doctor, use saline nasal wash and salt water gargles as well, good luck ...Read more
I worked in a sawmill for 6 years. I started having trouble with coughing, stuffy nose, and hard wax build up in my ears. How can I cure this?
Difficult: Worse that you report is cough. Cannot imaging that air is less than replete with wood dust. Breathing that daily cannot be good. I expect that no filter masks worn or advised. It would be interesting to study work injury literature about this matter and long term effects. I am betting that there are significant long-term effects from this chronic exposure. Pharmacies sell otc wax softeners. ...Read more
My 10 mo. Old son has uncomfortable sneezing and coughs, with watery/itchy eyes most likely his sinuses. How can I help him without a dr visit?
7 mo baby with runny nose, had fever, loss of appetite, grumpy, congested, possibly wheezing. What can I do to help her and should I take her to a dr?
My son is 17 months old and has a barky dry cough should I do heat or cool mist till i can get to see a dr?
Barky cough: A barky cough in a toddler is usually croup - an upper airway infection which causes mild airway inflammation resulting in a trombone effect producing barking sound when coughing. Concerning is if he begins to make a loud sound when breathing in - known as stridor. He should be seen by a pediatrician for possible one time steroid administration which will help croup. Cold misty air usually helps. ...Read more
Took my 8 month old to dr for coughing and runny nose. He said she has a cold and gave no meds. What can I do to soothe cough to help her sleep?
Fluids/monitor: Your 8 mo is due for 5-7 uri's/yr to age 5 ; most can be monitored at home. Playful times/fluid intake enough to wet diapers every 6hr/breathing not too noticable all suggest home care ok. Lack of play/noticeable increased work to breathe/poor fluid intake all suggest recheck needed.Nasal saline wash out ; vaporizer helps keep the nose clear ; tylenol (acetaminophen) as a comfort med may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I do to clear up my 17 month old cold, he has a runny nose and crust in his eyes and a cough?
My 6 year old grandson has a dry cough No other symptoms. Going on holiday tomorrow.Is it ok o go swimming?
Could you stop him?: With no symptoms other then a bit of a dry cough, there is no reason to not go swimming. If this is a chronic issue, I would suggest evaluation to find the underlying cause (allergies? cough variant asthma? etc). Restricting activity would be for other symptoms as well - fevers, body aches, shortness of breath, breathing fast - then he needs to be seen. Otherwise, watch him and play :) ...Read more
Is it safe to give my 19 month toddler hyland's 4kids cold'ncough?! her dry cough doesn't go away with anything!
Acute or chronic?: A dry cough can be due to bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of these especially if it is a chronic cough (present for weeks) or episodic (resolves then recurs). Treatment is dependent on the precise etiology so you need to see your doctor for evaluation so treatment can be initiated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mucus; cough: Drink plenty of fluids to loosen mucus; use saline nasal spray &/or gargle with warm salt water to clear secretions. Many otc products like Mucinex (guaifenesin) can also help. If develop purulent phlegm, raw/sore throat, fever, sinus pain/pressure, see doc for further evaluation & treatment. Humidifier can help add moisture to dry indoor environments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cover your cough: first make sure to cover your cough with your hand or a piece of cloth make sure to wash your hand often and use anti septic solution if available there a lot or reason for dry cough most of it is not related to lungs like reflux from stomach can cause dry cough.allergy sinusitis can cause a dry cough,medication can cause a dry cough so go and see a doctor if persisted to r/o more serious illness. ...Read more
Cough variant asthma: Dry cough could be related to asthma. This condition is called cough variant asthma. You should see your doctor to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any other causes. Treatment is similar to that for asthma in general. Depending on the severity of cough, inhaled albuterol or short course of steroids may be needed. In addition, your doctor may prescribe maintenance therapy with inhaled steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Check with OB: I feel that all pregnant women should check with their OB before taking any medication-even nonprescription ones. ...Read more
Dry cough since 2.5 months started when I got cold , I have allergy since child hood , and this often happens to me many times ago , what must I do ?!
My dry cough is almost 2 weeks now and im having a hard time to breath while to try to cough and i take already a over-the-counter meds, but still sick?
Need diagnosis....: In order to treat your cough, the etiology of the cough needs to be diagnosed first. Bronchospasm may be causing your cough, especially with shortness of breath. Other possibilities include GERD, post-nasal drip, bronchitis or a combination of factors. These all have different treatments so see your doctor ASAP for diagnosis and treatment. Over the counter cough meds are usually not helpful! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Need diagnosis first: Possible causes of a chronic cough include bronchospasm of any etiology, post-nasal drip, gerd or a combination of 2 or more of these diagnoses. Treatment depends on the etiology which often requires testing for precise diagnosis. See your doctor so proper diagnosis of your cough can be determined and treatment can be rendered. Quit smoking if you are smoking. Your doctor can help w/this, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the cause: There are many potential causes for a cough but the more common ones include post-nasal drips, post-viral infection etc. The list goes on. Need to see a doctor to find out. Unless you know the cause, using a cough suppressant on a long term basis is not recommended. ...Read more
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