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Doctor insights on: Cough Lasting More Than 4 Weeks In A 5 Year Old

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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My younger brother , a five years old boy, has a fever with cough but we noticed that their is a little blood inside his phlegm. Is this a risk?

My younger brother , a five years old boy, has a fever with cough but we noticed that their is a little blood inside his phlegm. Is this a risk?

See below: Blood streaking in the phlegm could be due to a blood nose (epistaxis) that drained to the back of the throat, but it may also be due to other reasons, like a tear in the throat from hard coughing or worse . . . A bronchitis or pneumonia.. Especially if the child is having any breathing difficulty, get him seen asap. ...Read more

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I have a 5 year old boy who have cold and productive cough please advice?

Viral: If your child is fully vaccinated and does not have any underlying conditions, it is probably viral, with no need for antibiotics. If he has persistent fever or chest pain he needs an exam. Otherwise, fluids, prop him up to sleep, and some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before bedtime to help him sleep through the night without coughing. ...Read more

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My daughter has what I describe as a persistent "wet" cough. She was prescribed Bromfed. Is this suitable for a 5 year old?

My daughter has what I describe as a persistent "wet" cough. She was prescribed Bromfed. Is this suitable for a 5 year old?

Old time practice: We did this for many years, more to give you something to do than for known effectiveness. About a decade ago the AAP and other medical groups moved to limit any such products under the age of 6, because of limited benefit vs the risk of kids overdosing when they decided to treat themselves. ...Read more

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Is a heart rate of 140-150 an acceptable heart rate for a 5 year old with a fever of 102.5 and cough? He's taken mucinex and albuterol 2 hrs ago.

Is a heart rate of 140-150 an acceptable heart rate for a 5 year old with a fever of 102.5 and cough? He's taken mucinex and albuterol 2 hrs ago.

Yes: Expect an increase of 10-15 BPM for every increase in 1 degree Fahrenheit from normal .Albuterol will also increase the heart rate by a significant amount as long as it is in his system.The numbers you list are well within the expected and well tolerated at his age. ...Read more

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What can I give my 3.5 year old for a cough?

What can I give my 3.5 year old for a cough?

Not much...........: The american academy of pediatrics has come out not recommending cough medicines, due to a lack of improvement in multiple controlled studies--as well as several deaths. There has recently been an article confirming the efficacy of honey (in tea) as an effective reliever of cough. Honey should never be given to a child under one year of age. ...Read more

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5 year old has a night time cough all night what can I do to help him?

NIGHT TIME COUGH:: Many causes, e.g. Post nasal drip from sinus congestion, simple cold, asthma, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, etc. Because of weather changes, kids are getting more cold/viral illness with cough. Make sure he drinks enough fluid, avoid dairy for 4-5 days, keeps nose clean using saline nasal spray followed by gentle nose blowing. Honey is good for cough. Check with his pediatrician if not better. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has had a dry persistant cough since October it flares up then dies down but isn't unwell with it what could it be? Often at night

My 5 year old son has had a dry persistant cough since October it flares up then dies down but isn't unwell with it what could it be? Often at night

Suspicious asthma: A chronic cough that is often worse at night frequently is a symptom of a type of reactive airway disease (asthma). If your pediatrician has not been able to help you with this, recommend a pediatric pulmonologist or allergist. The other thing to consider is inhalation of a foreign body, although 5 is a bit old for this to commonly happen. Do you recall a choking episode around time this started? ...Read more

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