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My 8 months is having cold, cough and fever any home remedies to overcome his cold. Can I give zertac for cough.

My 8 months is having cold, cough and fever any home remedies to overcome his cold. Can I give zertac for cough.

8 month URI: For the fever over 101 degrees, you need to give acetaminopen or ibuprofen (each is 5 ml per 20 pounds). Zyrtec (cetirizine) will dry up his runny nose but may or may not help with the cough. Try some warm tea with a little sugar, humidifier. ...Read more

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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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Congested chest&sticky phlegm in throat, best home remedies to bring quick relief? For adults? For children?

Congested chest&sticky phlegm in throat, best home remedies to bring quick relief? For adults? For children?

Lots of fluids!: Extra fluids may help. Make your own cough medicine by using 1 part tea, 1part honey, and l part lemon juice. An "expectorant" is an over-the-counter medication which may help to liquify mucous secretions and make them easier to cough up. Don't give honey to babies under one year old. And it goes without saying that a non-smoking environment will be helpful to everyone. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Chesty cough for 3 weeks now, symptoms starting now are congested nose, green phlegm. Can't get a doc appointment are there any home tips to help?

Chesty cough for 3 weeks now, symptoms starting now are congested nose, green phlegm. Can't get a doc appointment are there any home tips to help?

Saline irrigation: It appears that your cold has been complicated by a bacterial sinus infection. Go to an Urgi Care if you can't get to see your doctor in the next 72 hrs to get evaluated and treated. In the meanwhile, try irrigating your sinuses and nose with saline solution. ...Read more

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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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Can i give our 3 1/2 year old little remedies cold medicine with cough suppressant in it. Tried honey and natural stuff. Nothing is helping?

Can i give our 3 1/2 year old little remedies cold medicine with cough suppressant in it. Tried honey and natural stuff. Nothing is helping?

NEED SOME PATIENCE:: If honey and natural stuffs not helping, then check with his pediatrician. Some cough is good because it is a natural defense mechanism to clear the upper airway, sinuses and lower respiratory tract. If cough is prolonged, interferes eating, sleeping, then further evaluation needed to rule out asthma, allergy, sinus issue. Otc cough meds has a lot of side effects, not good for kids. ...Read more

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Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

Asthma plan: Reducing post nasal drip with nasal saline rinses and a mild decongestant at bedtime may help alleviate their symptoms. If they have asthma, I would suggest reviewing their asthma plan. Some children will need an inhaled or by mouth steroid during an illness, to control inflammation. A virtual appt is also available online. ...Read more

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My daughter has a non stop cough that wakes her up at night.Are there natural remedies for allergical bronchitis? Thank you.

Not recommended: Night time cough can be from postnasal drip or asthma. See a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Don't recommend natural remedies. Just because something is natural doesn't make it safe or effective. ...Read more

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Daughter has parainfluenza coughs are so bad that she wakes up with croupy cough trying to breath on predisolone why not helping ER sends me home ?

Daughter has parainfluenza coughs are so bad that she wakes up with croupy cough trying to breath on  predisolone why not helping ER sends me home ?

Parainfluenza: this is a viral infection which causes a cough for several days and since it is viral there is no treatment to kill the virus. Symptoms are a croupy cough that is caused by soft tissue swelling of the upper airway. These symptoms can be treated with steroids and moist air such as by a cool mist humidifier or sitting in a bathroom with steamed air from the shower. If she worsens get her rechecked ...Read more

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Itchy throat and cough keeping me 'and' everyone else up at night- tips to get rid of or soothe? Medicine and throat lozenges do nothing for it.

Itchy throat and cough keeping me 'and' everyone else up at night- tips to get rid of or soothe? Medicine and throat lozenges do nothing for it.

Post nasal drip: You may have. Post nasal drip that is causing your cough and itchy throat. Use salt water nose drops several times a day. Go to sleep with a vaporizer and sleep on several pillows. Use vaporub on chest before you go to sleep. ...Read more

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My child has asthma and the poor kid is suffering, Any home remedies to treat this?

My child has asthma and the poor kid is suffering, Any home remedies to treat this?

Unfortunately no: If you know he or she is suffering, you definitely need help, please go to ER or urgent care for a quick fix, then please follow up with an asthma specialist for long term care, goodluck ...Read more

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Any home remedy for wheezing and dry cough, my son 9year old frequently suffering, feeling bad of giving him antibiotic more...

Any home remedy for wheezing and dry cough, my son 9year old frequently suffering, feeling bad of giving him antibiotic more...

See an allergist: It looks like your child may be suffering from asthma related to respiratory infections, see an allergist to determine if he has allergies and treat the asthma properly, antibiotics will not address it. ...Read more

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My son 6yrs old has some coughing, flemmy throat and tends to make a grinding noise back of throat; bringing up green flem. What can I do?

My son 6yrs old has some coughing, flemmy throat and tends to make a grinding noise back of throat; bringing up green flem. What can I do?

Chronic inflammation: From either allergy or low-grade infection or both... Either way he deserves an exam that will evaluate his nasal cavity and his tonsils/throat. There is probably a regimen that will help him depending on the underlying cause. Get it checked out and it may lead to some beneficial changes in his sleeping and life! ...Read more

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My baby is 3 1/2 weeks old and has dry cough and stuffed nose. Is it okay for him to inhale Vicks with steam water ?

My baby is 3 1/2 weeks old and has dry cough and stuffed nose. Is it okay for him to inhale Vicks with steam water ?

Uri young baby: I prefer to stick with only normal saline drops in the nose followed by suctioning, upright position and a vaporizer isok in the room. I prefer to avoid the vicks at this young age. ...Read more

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What to do for a cough due to using clorox and ammonia for cleaning. She tryied drinking milk and halls droups for cough>she got a chronic cough

What to do for a cough due to using clorox and ammonia for cleaning. She tryied drinking milk and halls droups for cough>she got a chronic cough

See a doctor: The chemical combination is extremely irritating to the airways, if she is still coughing, she needs to be seen by a doctor and she may need an inhaler. ...Read more

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3 year old has congestion and a cough. What are some more natural ways to clear it up? Saline and shower steam dont seem to be helping.

3 year old has congestion and a cough. What are some more natural ways to clear it up? Saline and shower steam dont seem to be helping.

See Your Doctor Now: More info needed in order to make safe recommendations for your 3 yo child: duration of symptoms, fever, past medical history, & more. Viruses are very frequent cause of such symptoms however complications do occur eg. Pneumonia, Bronchospasm & more. Be aware children have limited communication skills, clues to worsening may be easily missed. See your doctor now for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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What home remedys can I do to cure our household stuffy runny noses and coughs?

What home remedys can I do to cure our household stuffy runny noses and coughs?

Few things...: I like to recommend honey for the cough - there's some data to suggest it works just as well in helping with cough from a simple viral illness as anything you'd buy over the counter. For the stuffy nose, steam and/or neti pots (nasal saline irrigation) work well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can i give a 15 month old anything to help her cough and congestion. Use Vicks baby rub and a humidifier but cough keeps her up at night.

Can i give a 15 month old anything to help her cough and congestion.  Use Vicks baby rub and a humidifier but cough keeps her up at night.

Avoid aromas: Any odor can aggravate a cough in a young infant or child. I encourage paents to avoid Vicks or similar aroma products until school age, if ever. Proper fluid intake, nasal wash with saline and Robitussin are the things we can use at this age. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can give my 16 month old to soothe a horrible cough? She can't sleep and humidifiers seem to make it worse.

Is there anything I can give my 16 month old to soothe a horrible cough? She can't sleep and humidifiers seem to make it worse.

Not sure: I certainly sympathize with your problem...Does she also have a fever? Any rash? Has she had anything like this in the past? Unfortunately it sounds like you need to have her examined by your pediatrician...Other than being sure she is drinking plenty of fluid ..I can't recommend anything else. Please call her dr. ...Read more

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Everytime my son catches cold and cough, his cough heals very late.Please suggest an effective cough syrup or medicine?

Everytime my son catches cold and cough, his cough heals very late.Please suggest an effective cough syrup or medicine?

The safest thing to : Do is see his pediatrician, as your son may have reactive airway disease or mild asthma. Upper respiratory infections can trigger bronchial spasms in people with these conditions, requiring medications called bronchodilators. It's always wise not to suppress coughs in children, except maybe at night for more restful sleep, but only if his doctor okays a medication with dextromethorphan. ...Read more