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Could toddler coughing only after eating and drinking be a sign of foreign body aspiration from yesterday?

Could toddler coughing only after eating and drinking be a sign of foreign body aspiration from yesterday?

Doubt foreign body: Coughing with eating and drinking suggests liquid and solids are getting into the larynx (voice box) and or the windpipe, triggering the problem. An inhaled foreign body would usually cause a cough episodically and randomly, not associated with meals. This definintely warrants evaluation with an ENT and possibly a subspecialist peds ent. They will do laryngoscopy to view the larynx. ...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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Possibility of aspiration pneumonia if toddler drinking, coughed, started to spit up & swallowed back down. All while laying. Would symptoms be immediate?

Possibility of aspiration pneumonia if toddler drinking, coughed, started to spit up & swallowed back down. All while laying. Would symptoms be immediate?

Yes: Sounds like he has a normal gag reflex (to help get stuff out or airways that shouldn't be there). It's not uncommon to spit up and cough if goes down wrong tube. Symptoms such as breathing issues or becoming agitated would be somewhat immediate. ...Read more

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Can foreign body aspiration give cough only at night and early morning or it should be all day long?

Can foreign body aspiration give cough only at night and early morning or it should be all day long?

All day: Most likely this would cause a continuous cough that gets worse. Typically the foreign body can become infected which then causes more and more coughing, and productive coughing. If you have any question, you should have an X-ray done. ...Read more

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During dinner I seemed to swallow wrong, a little "seemed to go down the wrong way, " made me cough for about half a min. Is aspiration a worry?

During dinner I seemed to swallow wrong, a little "seemed to go down the wrong way, " made me cough for about half a min. Is aspiration a worry?

Aspiration unlikely: If your protective cough reflex did what its designed to do. Coughing is what your body will do whenever anything goes down the wrong pipe. ...Read more

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Not sure if I inhaled pill. Been 36 hrs. Would I already see symptoms of aspiration or inflammation? No constant cough. Pill got hung is why I worry.

Not sure if I inhaled pill. Been 36 hrs. Would I already see symptoms of aspiration or inflammation? No constant cough. Pill got hung is why I worry.

Pill inhaled: If you are not coughing or developing chest pain or fever then it's very unlikely you have a problem with the pill. The pills dissolve fairly quickly even if inhaled and the residue is fairly easily coughed out within a day or so. ...Read more

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How does aspiration occur when eating, drinking,? I'm worried cause I cough sometimes after I eat. 23 yrs and I do have acid reflux

How does aspiration occur when eating, drinking,? I'm worried cause I cough sometimes after I eat. 23 yrs and I do have acid reflux

Aspiration: Your windpipe and you've gut go together and when you swallow the food is directed into the gut but sometimes a little gets into your trachea or windpipe and cause you to cough it is not of any importance the fact that you have reflux may cause a little increase in that happening ...Read more

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Pt Dx'd with aspiration pneumonia. On antibiotic IV for 2 days now disc. Pt. has occasional bronchial sounding cough. Is pt pneumonia free?

Pt Dx'd with aspiration pneumonia. On antibiotic IV for 2 days now disc. Pt. has occasional bronchial sounding cough. Is pt pneumonia free?

Hopefully: Whoever made the diagnosis treated you first on an inpatient basis with IV mess and then decided that you could be treated on an outpatient basis safely. The fact that you have a cough is not a sufficient criteria of cure or not. Talk to your doc. If not satisfied make a virtual consult with me. ...Read more

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Son had brief choking episode 3 days ago. Got a cold day later. Seldom cough. Last nightdeveloped diarrhea/fever. Could these be related to aspiration?

Son had brief choking episode 3 days ago. Got a cold day later. Seldom cough. Last nightdeveloped diarrhea/fever. Could these be related to aspiration?

See details: How old is your son? Doubt the latest problems are related to aspiration. They will more likely cause pulmonary symptoms. ...Read more

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2 yo was drinking in bed. He cough, spit up & swallow. He coughed a few times today & has cold. If gets fever how do if know from cold or aspiration?

2 yo was drinking in bed. He cough, spit up & swallow. He coughed a few times today & has cold. If gets fever how do if know from cold or aspiration?

Fever from cold: It is unlikely that a normal 2 year old child aspirates and develops pneumonia with fever, if he has cold, it is more likely that he coughs due to cold and fever is due to cold. ...Read more

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Have, post nasal drip (pnd). If I cough some up it has bits of food in it after eating. Does pnd drain into lungs and take food with it? Aspiration?

Have, post nasal drip (pnd). If I cough some up it has bits of food in it after eating. Does pnd drain into lungs and take food with it? Aspiration?

Mucus ; aspiration: Mucus can drain into your bronchial tubes, but you would be coughing to keep it out of your lungs. Bits of food may still be on the back of your throat when you're coughing, and come up that way. If your cough or gag reflex is impaired for any reason, then secretions and food can be aspirated. This can happen when someone has had a stroke, for instance. ...Read more

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2 yo choked on liquid, coughed, spit up and swallowed 2 days ago. Now he has cold and cough. Could it be aspiration pneumonia or a coincidence?

2 yo choked on liquid, coughed, spit up and swallowed 2 days ago. Now he has cold and cough. Could it be aspiration pneumonia or a coincidence?

M.D. visit: It is possible that your child has developed an infection of the upper and/or lower airway as a result of aspiration of mouth or stomach contents. I would suggest follow up and checking your child's temperature. ...Read more

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Coughed hard w a cough drop in mouth, it slid down throat, felt like I was going to choke. Then kept sliding. Any chance of aspiration or is it ok?

Coughed hard w a cough drop in mouth, it slid down throat, felt like I was going to choke. Then kept sliding. Any chance of aspiration or is it ok?

You should be fine: It doesn't seem like your symptoms worsened after it. Most likely it went down to your stomach rather than lungs. ...Read more

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2 yo choked on drink, coughed, spit up & swallowed 2 do. Now has cold, cough. Meds stop cough. No breathing issue or fever yet. Aspiration pneumonia?

2 yo choked on drink, coughed, spit up & swallowed 2 do. Now has cold, cough. Meds stop cough. No breathing issue or fever yet. Aspiration pneumonia?

Probably not: Sounds like a simple choking episode. Things to watch for and see your physician would be increased respiratory rate, difficulty breathing and/or fever. If you have further concerns I would schedule an appointment with their doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sitting in choir last night and burped up stomach acid. Swallowed it down. NO cough but throat burned. Worried abt. Aspiration pneumonia.?

Sitting in choir last night and burped up stomach acid. Swallowed it down. NO cough but throat burned. Worried abt. Aspiration pneumonia.?

Gerds: You have have severe acid reflux, try over the counter acid reducers and go see your primary care doctor and gastroenterologist. Aspiration pneumonia usually has other symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath. It can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is a good medicine for a toddler whose got a bad cough?

What is a good medicine for a toddler whose got a bad cough?

Please see below.: Cold and cough meds are proven not to help and can cause severe side effects. 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. If these actions don't help enough, your child needs to see the doctor. ...Read more

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What's the best remedy for cough for toddler ages 3 years of age?

What's the best remedy for cough for toddler ages 3 years of age?

Cough: Make sure she drinks a lot of fluids. You may rub Vicks vaporub on a small area on her chest. A new study showed that honey maybe effective for children's cough especially at night. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC remedy for a toddler's dry cough?

What is the best OTC remedy for a toddler's dry cough?

Honey, if over 12...: ...Months of age (some say 3 years): honey was tested against all major cough medicines and found to work better. ...Read more

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What is the best fever and cough nedicine for a toddler?

What is the best fever and cough nedicine for a toddler?

No cough meds: There are NO GOOD cough medicines for toddlers. The studies very clearly show they don't work and have undesirable side effects. Try some honey in tea, warm showers and a humidifier. With regard to fever reducer, remember fever is just a symptom and doesn't usually "need" treatment. However, if the child is feeling bad because of the fever, then acetaminophen and ibuprofen work equally as well. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take my toddler swimming when they have a cold/cough?

Is it ok to take my toddler swimming when they have a cold/cough?

Yes: Swimmiing is fine. In general we can all exercise with a cold or cough. We should not press or work out hard as that can affect the immune system negatively. But swimming for fun with a mild cold is ok. The water should not be too cold either. ...Read more

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How can I help my toddler 14 month to cough mucous from his chest?

How can I help my toddler 14 month to cough mucous from his chest?

Have him drink: Plenty of fluids and use saline and suction for his nose (unless he is able to blow his nose). He is too young for "cold" medications, which really don't treat the cause anyway. You can also use a humidifier in his sleeping area (unless he has a mold allergy or asthma). Please see his doctor if he has a fever, pain, difficulty breathing or history of respiratory problems, or if it doesn't go away. ...Read more

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Can I mix childrens cough medicine (hylands all natural) in water so my toddler will take it?

Can I mix childrens cough medicine (hylands all natural) in water so my toddler will take it?

If you must: The kid would get more out of a few hugs than they will from this med. Its main value is in giving you something to do. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my 19 month toddler hyland's 4kids cold'ncough?! her dry cough doesn't go away with anything!

Is it safe to give my 19 month toddler hyland's 4kids cold'ncough?! her dry cough doesn't go away with anything!

Hylands cough: Hylands cough medicine has no side effects, it is soothing with no after effects. The only problem is that its effect may not last the entire night. ...Read more

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My toddler was prescribed an inhaler to relieve a cough that doesn't go away but I was told that excessive use of inhalers can develop into asthma?

My toddler was prescribed an inhaler to relieve a cough that doesn't go away but I was told that excessive use of inhalers can develop into asthma?

Not quite: The inhaler is to relieve bronchial constriction. The inhaler will not lead to asthma....Asthma leads to the use of an inhaler. Excessive use of any medication can lead to unpleasant side effects that can land you in the er. Use the inhaler properly and as directed, and if there is still a problem with the cough, be seen again. ...Read more

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How do we treat cold and flu (cough) in a 2 year old toddler?

How do we treat cold and flu (cough) in a 2 year old toddler?

All natural: Steam up your bathroom with a hot shower and read a story. Your toddler breathing in warm steamy air will help with congestion. As she is over a year old, can also give a teaspoon of honey. The CDC and AAP do not recommend cold medicine for children under 4. http://www. Cdc. Gov/getsmart/community/for-patients/symptom-relief. Html ...Read more

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What is a good dm cough medicine for a toddler with bronchitis?

What is a good dm cough medicine for a toddler with bronchitis?

None: There are no cough medicines recommended for toddlers, or any child under the age of six. Recommend humidifier, elevating head of bed, and honey as needed if the child is over a year old. ...Read more

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Trying to get rid of a consistent phlegm cough in our toddler. ..

Trying to get rid of a consistent phlegm cough in our toddler. ..

Need: More information, how long has the toddler had the cough, any prior treatment or evaluation or any associated fever or wheezing ...Read more

Aspiration (Definition)

1. The removal of a gas or fluid by suction. 2. The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath. 3. A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and ...Read more