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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
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
Can you give some advice on how to treat bronchitis or a cold when your coughing up phlegms? For an adult and toddler, any advice?
AURI: If the colds is severe and kid can ' t breath good, try giving 1/2 tsp. 2x a day. No relief, increase dose to 1 tsp. Below 3 years old we do not give rx. ...Read more
Acetomenophen or: The basic selection for children includes acetomenophen & ibuprophen (after 6mo).There are a number of brand or generic versions thit i consider equivalent. Avoid the products with other meds added in as they reduce your dosing flexabillity. Aspirin products are avoided under 16 years of age due to an association with liver failure/reye syndrome. ...Read more
Cooling measures: By overheating, does that mean that they are in a hot place or they are playing sports? Generally getting to a cooler place, removing and making clothing loose and drinking fluids like pedialyte or gatorade are helpful. Overheating can be very serious and if the child is confused or very red in color this would be serious and need to be seen by a doctor immediately ...Read more
You get tested: Unfortunately, the vaccine avoiders have increased the frequency of pertussis in the us to dangerous levels. With wide vaccine use, this disease affected as few as 2500 nationwide with rare deaths in the early 90's but is now up to 30, 000 nationwide, with more than 30 deaths/yr, most in infants. A test of the secretions in your kids nose can be assessed for evidence of the pertussis. ...Read more
Asthma: Your doctor needs to examine you & know your symptoms first. ...Read more
Honey: Honey was compared to cough syrup with dextromethorphan and honey was equally effective for helping coughs. So a tsp of honey or some warm herbal tea with honey is fine. Running a humidifier and having the child sleep propped up may also help. Remember, never give honey to babies under 1 year of age. ...Read more
Can you tell me is there any over-the-counter asthma relief medicine i can get for a steam nebulizer?
Depends on Cause: Otc cough suppressants for children contain mainly dextromethorphan, a mild cough suppressant. Some studies show honey to be equally/more effective for soothing cough (never give to children <1yo). If caused is posterior nasal drip, consider use of antihistamine. If due to inflammation (wheezing) in lungs, child may benefit from bronchodilator tx (albuterol) and/or steroid therapy. ...Read more
Try neb or spacer: How old is this toddler? There is more and more research showing administering albuterol with a spacer to a toddler is more effective than using a nebulizer. I toddler that is crying is less likely to inhale nebulized albuterol effectively and given it takes 5-10 minutes to administer it may be actually easier to use the appropriate spacer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I describe his symptoms to you and give a list of his medication an how long he's been taking it and then can you give us your medical opinion ?
Start w/symptom: list and someone can respond. Be as clear as possible. Peace and good health. ...Read more
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