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When should I take my child to the dr if she is running 100.6 temperature?

When should I take my child to the dr if she is running 100.6 temperature?

If under 8 weeks: Fever of 100.8 in the first 8 weeks should be evaluated immediately by a physician.After that point the need for evaluation is less and more dependent on other symptoms.Failure to wet diapers at least every 6 hours, lethergy, or an unwillingness to feed or play some would warrent a regular office visit. ...Read more

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Will running hot water for the steam help my child's cough?

Will running hot water for the steam help my child's cough?

Steam for cough: Steam often will help loosen a cough and give a child relief. Particularly if the child has a croup-like cough (barking like a seal). Croup causes inflammation in the airways and the moisture in the air from the steam helps relieve the cough. ...Read more

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If my child is running a fever, should I wake her up to give her medication?

If my child is running a fever, should I wake her up to give her medication?

No: Sleep is a healing /supportive process as is fever to some extent. If a kid is grumpy with fever & awake, i feel it is fine to use meds.If the kid is fine but hot, treatment is unnecessary.You should never wake a kid just for fever meds. ...Read more

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Should i give my sick child a bath especially if she's running a fever?

Should i give my sick child a bath especially if she's running a fever?

Bathe as needed: I would be sure to use warm, not hot or cold water in the process. Cold water can trigger shivering & end up pushing the fever higher. If the kid is soiled or stinky, a good cleaning is therapeutic for everybody involved. ...Read more

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My child has a bad cough, so would he be better if he sleeps with a vaporizer running?

My child has a bad cough, so would he be better if he sleeps with a vaporizer running?

Possibly: The first thing to do is to find the cause. If he coughs in his sleep without waking, it might be an exaggerated reflex caused by bad diet. If you look at other answers that I have offered you will see that the children of U.S.A. Are being made sick in many ways because their nervous systems are being made hyperactive by the standard american diet (spells sad!). ...Read more

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My child's nose always running not just clear liquid, but thick sometimes. She is only 2 yr.?

My child's nose always running not just clear liquid, but thick sometimes.  She is only 2 yr.?

Not unusual: Year olds often have a runny nose for what seems like forever, particularly those in day care. The color and consistency will vary and does not mean necessarily that it is sinus infection but if it remains thick green and yellow for 2-3 weeks he may benefit from an antibiotic. I always recommend using saline nose spray and suctioning if you can>. ...Read more

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My child is vomiting randomly but has no other symptoms and is fine other than that, running around. Playing, ect.?

My child is vomiting randomly but has no other symptoms and is fine other than that, running around. Playing, ect.?

Usually OK: Not too infrequently, we encounter children who vomit randomly. As long as child thrives, vomiting not associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea or respiratory symptoms, e.g., wheezing/cough, work-up results in low yield. ...Read more