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Child is coughing forcefully, can, t stop, he is taking big gasps of air right before each cough?

Child is coughing forcefully, can, t stop, he is taking big gasps of air right before each cough?

Needs immediate care: Your description of your child worries me. At that age, he may have inhaled a foreign body into his lungs, he could have an infection, an asthma attack - so many possibilities. Also, are immunizations up-to-date? Concerned about whooping cough (pertussis) with this history. This should not wait the weekend - he needs to be evaluated today! ...Read more

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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Child has strep been on antibiotics since yesterday, taken 2 doses. Should he still have a fever? Its 101.5 plus a mucousy cough. When will fever stop

Child has strep been on antibiotics since yesterday, taken 2 doses. Should he still have a fever? Its 101.5 plus a mucousy cough. When will fever stop

Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within 3-4 days if the appropriate antibiotic was prescribed, and they were taken as directed. Relapse or persistence of symptoms is generally regarded as a treatment failure or inaccuracy of the original diagnosis (i.e. viral not bacterial). Fever from Strep usually resolves in 2-3 days with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I stop my 5 month old baby's cough due to allergies?

How do I stop my 5 month old baby's cough due to allergies?

Saline: Offer the saline nasal drops or 3 oz spray and instill or mist/spray nostrils before meals, bed and bath. Suctioning may also be performed as needed. Upright positioning with head higher than body may facilitate drainage. See your pediatrician if the cough is worsening to determine upper vs lower resp. Tract cough. ...Read more

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My child has been sick with a cold and a cough for over a week and can't get any better?

My child has been sick with a cold and a cough for over a week and can't get any better?

It is not unusual: To get cough and cold combination this time of year from allergies. Just be sure there is no wheezing as this is treated differently. See pediatrician if with fever, not eating, sleepless/ restless or labored breathing. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure a childs cough?

What is a good way to cure a childs cough?

Identify trigger: A cough is a response of the lungs to clear mucus. There are many reasons for a child to cough including infections, inflammation after infections, asthma, acid reflux, allergies, just to name a few. To appropriately treat a cough requires knowing what is causing the cough. An allergist or pulmonologist can assist in identifying the reason for the cough so a specific treatment can be offered. ...Read more

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What's the best medicine for a 4yr child cough?

What's the best medicine for a 4yr child cough?

AURI: He needs his sleep, a tsp of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at bedtime usually helps. See md if associated with other sx. ...Read more

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What may be causing my child's barking seal cough?

What may be causing my child's barking seal cough?

Viral croup: There are many viruses that will invade the upper airway of a kid 6m-8y and trigger an outpouring of mucous & cough that sounds like a seal barking. This is generally a 4-5 day illness with low grade temp but sometimes complicated by an ear infection.Some cases are quite dramatic, marked by late night scary events&trips to the er while daytime brings harsh voice. Have kid seen if signs are worrisom. ...Read more

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What can I do if my child have cough in night time?

What can I do if my child have cough in night time?

Cool mist humidifier: May be helpful, especially if in a dry climate. ...Read more

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My childs cough is not getting better after a month?

My childs cough is not getting better after a month?

Cough 1 month: This is a serious problem. You should contact your pediatrician or family doctor to obtain an examination to determine the cause of the cough. There are many possibilities of the cause. When the cause is determined, proper treatment can be given to get your child well. ...Read more

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What should I do to help me child not cough so much?

What should I do to help me child not cough so much?

Cough Meds: Cough and cold meds are not safe if you child is under 4 years old. So for that age group you are stuck with warm drinks, a sucking candy, and maybe honey. For the older child, there are many choices of over the counter cough and cold medicines that you can try but don't count on any real effect except that most kids get tired from the medicine, so I would only suggest taking it at night. ...Read more

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Has anyone had their child have a cough for 3 months?

Has anyone had their child have a cough for 3 months?

Many things: Sinusitis, allergy, asthma, exposure to smoke, heartburn, and whooping cough are common causes as dr belilovsky mentioned. Also consider a cough tic, particularly if not at night. Consider chest and sinuses xrys to ru;le out hidden infection. And of course see your pedatrician. ...Read more

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How do you treat a persistent nigthtime cough in your child?

How do you treat a persistent nigthtime cough in your child?

Depends: This is something to discuss with the kids doc. It could be triggered by post nasal drip from allergies or irritant exposure. It could also be a feature of asthma. ...Read more

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When your child has a cough...when should you see a dr to have it evaluated?

When your child has a cough...when should you see a dr to have it evaluated?

If you're concerned: If you are concerned that your child's cough is deep or sounds like it may be in the chest, best to get her checked. Or, if the cough is getting worse after a week or not improving after 2-3 weeks, get her checked. If she has fever or any other concerning symptoms with the cough, do not wait to get her checked. ...Read more

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Which med is usefull in childs over 3 years for cough and rhinitizs as cold effects.

Which med is usefull in childs over 3 years for cough and rhinitizs as cold effects.

Cold / flu meds: Sounds like viral or seasonal allergies. Antibiotics not likely helpful. Over the counter cold meds may help, but ask your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My child was coughing in a salon shop, small cough every 2 minutes. What could this be?

My child was coughing in a salon shop, small cough every 2 minutes. What could this be?

Common cold, asthma: Children will often cough for 1-3 weeks with common viral infections (colds). Asthma is also a very common cause of a persistent cough in children. ...Read more

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Cough. What is or was your favorite medicine for your child for a bad cough?

Cough. What is or was your favorite medicine for your child for a bad cough?

Treat the cause.: Difficult coughs may be triggered by various causes: lung inflammation, allergy, wheezing, sinus drainage, and even reflux. The best way to cope with the cough is to treat the actual cause: anti-inflammatories, inhaled steroids, antihistamines, bronchodilators, decongestants, or anti-reflux medications. One or more of these may be needed to quell that cough--even better than traditional cough meds. ...Read more

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What causes a white frothy sputum in a child's cough?

What causes a white frothy sputum in a child's cough?

Mucus production: The cause of white frothy sputum with cough is due to mucus production in the lungs, nose, and sinus. This is the way our immune system gets rid of unwanted and harmful agents who enter our respiratory system. This defensive mechanism is conducted by the immune cells lining the airway with specific antibodies to protect; mucus contains products to kill the agents as well as to wash them away. ...Read more

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Is it okay that I am worried my child has a cough, allergy sypmtioms?

Is it okay that I am worried my child has a cough, allergy sypmtioms?

Yes: Nothing wrong with being concerned. But make sure that the symptoms are allergic in origin. And talk to your pediatrician to make sure your child is not uncomfortable. And, if allergic, rest assured that the problem is not super dangerous. ...Read more

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I have a child that has a bad cough that would NT go a way well Cheratussin help her eny?

I have a child that has a bad cough that would NT go a way well Cheratussin help her eny?

Cough medicine: The cough medicine may help some. However if your child is only 6 I would not use Cheratussin AC as it contains codiene. Better to push fluids, use a vaporizer and saline nose drops ...Read more

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My nephew 5yrs old child f weight 24kgs sufferin from wet cough. I gav her syp rexcof 4ml bd which contains codine phosph 10mg n cpm 4mg. Is t ok?

My nephew 5yrs old child f weight 24kgs sufferin from wet cough. I gav her syp rexcof 4ml bd which contains codine phosph 10mg n cpm 4mg. Is t ok?

No: We have gotten away from giving cough medicine to children because they don't work codiene has too many side effects that may affect a 5 year olds breathing, dry out his secretions making it more difficult to expectorate, constipate him and make him dizzy among other things. ...Read more

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Do ice cold liquid drinks make a child cough?

Do ice cold liquid drinks make a child cough?

YES,: If ice cold liquid makes your child cough, then avoid giving.

Fluid at normal temperature always better for the kids. ...Read more

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When my child has dry cough what should I give him?

When my child has dry cough what should I give him?

Cough: Depend on the age of the kids. And need to know what is the reason for cough. Minimized medication in young kids as much as possible. ...Read more

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Why does my child seem to have a new cough or congestion every month?

Why does my child seem to have a new cough or congestion every month?

Day care.: 12 per year is about the right amount of minor viral illnesses for a child in day care. If the illnesses are more severe than that, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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My child has a chronic cough with no other symptoms, what could this be?

My child has a chronic cough with no other symptoms, what could this be?

Depends. ..: For children who cough mostly at night, especially if they cough hard enough that they occasionally vomit, and children who cough at night and spend the first hour in the morning after waking up doing "throat clearing" and coughing to clear: I am very suspicious of ger as a factor. Gastro-esophageal reflux. In my practice, I often don't test, but treat them. If they improve, I confirm my diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I give my child for persistent (3 months) cough in 22 month old?

What can I give my child for persistent (3 months) cough in 22 month old?

See doctor: 3 months is too long for a cough. You should see the doctor for an evaluation and treatment for the cough. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is the best most effective cough syrup for my child?

Expert opinions? Which is the best most effective cough syrup for my child?

No cough syrup: There have been a number of studies showing that children's cough and cold medicines do not help and in some cases, children experience unpleasant side effects. It can be frustrating to deal with a cough, especially at night. Saline nasal spray, humidified air, or sleeping with the head somewhat propped up using extra pillows works for some. ...Read more

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My child is having lots of cough at night but normal in daytime. What is the reason for this?

My child is having lots of cough at night but normal in daytime. What is the reason for this?

Nocturnal asthma?: Respiratory symptoms are more pronounced at night due to the parasympathetic nervous system being active. Consider evaluate for nocturnal asthma and stepwise asthma treatment. Environment optimization change pillow cases 2/week, bedsheets 1/week, remove dust/rugs from bedroom, increase air circulation, fix a/c filters. Ask pediatrician to evaluate these important symptoms. ...Read more

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When should I take a child to a dr over a cough? She has a cough for week and half and no sinus issues

When should I take a child to a dr over a cough? She has a cough for week and half and no sinus issues

Cough in children: Is usually caused either by a viral illness or allergies. If the child is acting normally, eating and drinking well, and does not seem to have trouble breathing, the cough should pass on its own, although it can last 2-3 weeks. If she develops high fevers, uncontrollable vomiting, or is not acting right, it is time to see a doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I use a nebulizer anytime my child gets a cold or a cough. Is this advisable? Will it bring health issues in the future?

I use a nebulizer anytime my child gets a cold or a cough. Is this advisable? Will it bring health issues in the future?

It should not: Bring any health issues if used properly for asthma / reactive airway disease which are triggered by cold virus, allergies etc. A lot of times parents misuse it for just a cough and cold! Your child needs to be followed on a regular basis anyway if indeed diagnosed with asthma. Length of treatment, frequency, concerns regarding meds prescribed can then be addressed at your visits. ...Read more

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What would cause a small child to cough blood?

What would cause a small child to cough blood?

Bronchitis or Nose: Bronchitis is usually the most common cause of coughing up blood (hemoptysis). However, they may also have a small bleed at the back of their nose, which is dripping down their throat and subsequently being coughed up. The most common cause of nose bleeds in children is what we call "digital trauma, " a.K.A. Nose picking. ...Read more

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I have given citralka syrup 5 ml by bymistake instead of cough syrup for 3 and half year child. Is there any pr?

I have given citralka syrup 5 ml by bymistake instead of cough syrup for 3 and half year child. Is there any pr?

Mgt: Aspirin products should not be given for respiratory illness, but one dose is not likely to cause harm. The cough syrup in this age group is not that effective and has side effects. Nasal saline saline drops may alleviate post nasal drip. ...Read more

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My child has asthma & the croup cough, what do I do?

My child has asthma & the croup cough, what do I do?

See doctor: You will need to see your doctor since this may be a signal that his asthma is getting worse. ...Read more

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My child's playmate has persistent cough, what should I do?

My child's playmate has persistent cough, what should I do?

Looked into: The possible etiologies for a persistent cough are numerous, so it is something that their pediatrician should look into. ...Read more

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Child had fever now has cough and nausea what is it?

Child had fever now has cough and nausea what is it?

Cough: This may be a viral upper respiratory infection. The nausea may be from swallowing mucus. I would want to make sure there isn't a more serious illness like pneumonia. It would be a good idea to see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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How can you give a child cough medicine?

How can you give a child cough medicine?

Cough: Age of the child and presenting clinical condition are important factors to consider before answering this question. Is your child having breathing difficulty, fever, could he/she have swallowed a small object, how long has the cough been going on, is your child less than 2 years old, does he/she have asthma.Cough is a protective reflex of your large airways, a prolonged cough could be bad. Call your md. ...Read more

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What will really work to get rid of my child's cough?

What will really work to get rid of my child's cough?

Depends: There are different causes of cough and depending on the cause the treatment is different. Examples include asthma, allergic rhinitis, infection. Cough medications are not recommended in children. ...Read more