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11month old baby caught with cough and cold. She is having running nose, little fever too. Please suggest the medicine and home remedies both.

11month old baby caught with cough and cold. She is having running nose, little fever too. Please suggest the medicine and home remedies both.

URI: Cold and cough preparations are not recommended for 11 month old babies. Nasal congestion can be managed with a gentle saline spray as often as required. A fever may be treated with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen. She room should be kept cool and not too dry to help with her breathing. Give her extra clear fluids. Follow up with her doctor for any concerns. I hope she feels better soon. ...Read more

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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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My son of age 8 months is suffering from cough and cold and fever. What treatment I have to follow?

My son of age 8 months is suffering from cough and cold and fever. What treatment I have to follow?

Supportive care: Most infants will self heal in a week to ten days without specific meds or treatment. Maintaining normal schedules, assuring adequate hydration & nutrition allow the body to respond as well as possible.The occasional use of a fever reducer is fine if grumpy but will not shorten the illness. Cough medicines are discouraged at this age due to their side effects & lack of clear benefit. ...Read more

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My son is suffering from a persistsnt cough and cold and keeps getting poorly from it onto 3 weeks now what is the best treatment for it?

My son is suffering from a persistsnt cough and cold and keeps getting poorly from it onto 3 weeks now what is the best treatment for it?

Cough and cold: Very possibly a sinus infection. A cold will generally resolve on its own in 7-10 days and does not need any specific treatment. 3 weeks likely needs antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is there a recommended cough and cold medicine for a 6 week old infant? Dosage? My son does not have a medical card yet and I have no money to pay for a prescription from a doctor

Is there a recommended cough and cold medicine for a 6 week old infant? Dosage? My son does not have a medical card yet and I have no money to pay for a prescription from a doctor

There : There are no cough and cold medicines recommended for a child of your son's age. The best treatment is to use a blue bulb syringe to suction out his nose , especially before feeding. Please make sure he gets supplemental water and does not dehydrate. ...Read more

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Whats' them best cough remedy for babies below 2?

Whats' them best cough remedy for babies below 2?

Not much...: Cough and cold medications are no longer available for children under the age of 4 yrs. Most were not very helpful anyways. For kids over 1 yr old, a spoonful of honey works well to quell the tickle in your throat effect of a cold. Hot steam, like sitting in a shower, can get snot to drain out and thus decrease coughing. If severe, or there is difficulty breathing, consult your doc asap. ...Read more

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At what age can I give my child cough and cold medicine?

At what age can I give my child cough and cold medicine?

Better to wait: The american academy of pediatrics has positioned against cold and cough medications for children, because the side effects of the medications far outweigh the benefit. They do not treat the cold virus. Unfortunately we are all susceptible to these viral illnesses which last 2-5 days, while the cough may persist a few additional day beyond. Stay patient and check with your pediatrician if needed. ...Read more

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Both my kids had pneumonia and continue to suffer from cough and cold, what homemade remedies should I follow?

Both my kids had pneumonia and continue to suffer from cough and cold, what homemade remedies should I follow?

Kids sick: Be sure the children are healthy otherwise and do not have conditions e.g. Allergies or something lowering their immunity system. Have a healthy diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and wild salmon and sardines, nuts. Be sure they are not esposed to smoke or other chemical irritants. Give vitamins especially vitamin d3 in significant doses (check with your doctor). ...Read more

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What is the good medicine for the baby of having a cough and cold?At age of 3 months old.

What is the good medicine for the baby of having a cough and cold?At age of 3 months old.

Post nasal drip: Babies are nose breathers and get a lot of mucus in their nose. Since they can't blow their noses they have a post nasal drip which causes them to cough use the bulb syringe as suggested, but also use saline nose drops 4times daily. Use a vaporizer and elevate your childs mattress. ...Read more

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I am in 6th week of pregnancy.. Now i got severe cough and cold.... Willl it affect babay or pregnancy?

I am in 6th week of pregnancy.. Now i got severe cough and cold.... Willl it affect babay or pregnancy?

Most likely not: It is not the illness that is the problem. Your body's immune system should be able to take care of the cough and cold symptoms. The problem would be if you were taking medicines in order to deal with those. The placenta is an amazing barrier, however, when you're pregnant, limit yourself to tylenol/fluids/bedrest and other non-med support measures. Medication with pregnancy is a last resort. ...Read more

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Can i give my child hylands cough and cold multi symptom while shes on childrens motrin?

Can i give my child hylands cough and cold multi symptom while shes on childrens motrin?

Cough and cold : Over the counter cough and cold medicines are not for kids under 5 , consult your doctor if you need to use . ...Read more

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I am suffering from cough and cold since 2-3 days please, give me some home tips and hospital tips?

I am suffering from cough and cold since 2-3 days  please, give me some home tips and hospital tips?

Cold Tips: Agree w dr. Raff. Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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My 18 month d baby has a white coating on his tounge and bad breath he has had s viral infection with a cough and cold what could this be ?

My 18 month d baby has a white coating on his tounge and bad breath he has had s viral infection with a cough and cold what could this be ?

Thrush: He may have thrush or a yeast infection from the description of the white coating. The odor to his breath may reflect a throat infection. Have him examined to confirm a diagnosis and have him treated. All the best. ...Read more

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Can I give banana to my 7 month baby having cough? Wot type of food is contraindicated in the case of cough and cold?

Can I give banana to my 7 month baby having cough? Wot type of food is contraindicated in the case of cough and cold?

Baby cough treatment: You can take steps to ease the symptoms of cough. If the cough is due to a common cold, try plenty of fluids and keep the air moist using a humidifier. If the nasal passages are congested, try saline nose drops to loosen thick nasal mucus, and suction the nose. For the cough due to acid reflux, try smaller, frequent feedings, frequent burping, keeping the baby upright during/after feedings. ...Read more

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Can I give my child cough and cold medicine after giving him allergy medicine almost 4 hours prior?

Can I give my child cough and cold medicine after giving him allergy medicine almost 4 hours prior?

Allergies : That should be fine but too much medication is worse than too little so be careful to follow the instructions on the OTC bottle ...Read more

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2 months old baby had cough and cold and was treated with antibiotics via iv. Baby still has cold for 10 days now with no fever but stuffy noise

2 months old baby had cough and cold and was treated with antibiotics via iv. Baby still has cold for 10 days now with no fever but stuffy noise

Re check!: If your infant is still congested-have your pediatrician evaluate to determine if congestion is from stuffy nose or from the lungs-wheezing-"bronchiolitis" cough. This evaluation will determine what to try for "comfort" care. Often times, the congestion takes 1-2 weeks after your event with IV antibiotics to subside. ...Read more

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5 month Baby boy has fortnight back viral cough and cold .he was given taxim o and timnic.he is now recovering.mother has got cough.please advisei?

5 month Baby boy  has fortnight back viral cough and cold .he was given taxim o and timnic.he is now recovering.mother has got cough.please advisei?

Improving...: Although you stated that the cough was viral, it seems the baby was treated with antibiotics? Either way, you mention that the baby is recovering --- so I gather that means improving. Cough can linger for a few weeks - con't with supportive care - saline drops, humidifier. It isn't surprising if mom caught the cold - symptomatic care for her and seek medical care if either mom/baby worsen. ...Read more

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I have a four month old baby, she's having cough and cold. The doctor give her antibiotic, is it advisable to give her antibiotic while she's takin...

I have a four month old baby, she's having cough and cold. The doctor give her antibiotic, is it advisable to give her antibiotic while she's takin...

Clarify- repost: Could you repost question- last part of question truncated. Suggested edit 4 mo old with cough and cold -prescribed antibiotic. Can she take antibiotic while taking ________. ...Read more

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I get sick almost every month when I have my period with flu/cold symptoms... is there a home remedy I could use??

I get sick almost every month when I have my period with flu/cold symptoms... is there a home remedy I could use??

See a gynecologist: If your periods are causing problems, maybe you should consider seeing a gynecologist to have them regulated using a form of contraception or birth control. It's safe to do even if you're not having sex and can be really helpful for controlling any symptoms related to your periods. ...Read more