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Irritability cough and a runny nose in an infant?

Irritability cough and a runny nose in an infant?

Depends on . . .: Babies ages 3-12 months can easily catch colds from other people. If there is just a runny nose, without much fussiness, without any high fever, without other worrisome symptoms, then parents can leave the nose alone. If the mucous is blocking the nose somewhat, try a few drops of saline, followed by gentle suctioning with a suction bulb. A doctor should examine younger or more symptomatic babies. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Fussiness (Definition)

The term "irritability" is used for infants and young children who, when ill, are especially fussy, whiny, and fretful, despite attempts at comforting and soothing them. Irritability can be a very early sign of serious problems. Although irritability is not a symptom of any specific illness, it should arouse suspicion in the parent that something might be wrong with the child, even though there may not ...Read more


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9mo baby has runny nose, fever, irritable/fussy with a wheezing type cough.Is this just a cold or should I be concerned. Also has been diag.W/ reflux?

9mo baby has runny nose, fever, irritable/fussy with a wheezing type cough.Is this just a cold or should I  be concerned. Also has been diag.W/ reflux?

Fever & cough: You baby's symptoms may just be a cold but the fact that he has acid reflux and is also irritable, fussy and wheezing makes me more concerned. Please have him checked by the pediatrician today to rule out any bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What are causes of a continuous cough and runny nose in an infant?

What are causes of a continuous cough and runny nose in an infant?

Many: Continuous cough and runny nose in an infant should be discussed with your doctor. It might be as simple as recurrent colds this time of year, but it could signify a chronic condition (wheezing or acid reflux), or a more serious infection (whooping cough or bronchiolitis). Treatments vary based on the cause, so a careful exam should be done by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Side effects of flu shot in infants? Also, would they be contagious? 6mo got flu shot on Friday and has had elevated temp no fever runny nose cough

Side effects of flu shot in infants? Also, would they be contagious? 6mo  got flu shot on Friday and has had elevated temp no fever runny nose cough

Unrelated: The child's symptoms are unrelated to the vaccine. It is possible the child came in contact with someone with a cold around that time. The flu vaccine is a dead virus vaccine, does not cause illness, nor is the patient who receives the vaccine contagious. ...Read more

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If I am breast feeding and have severe cough and runny nose does this affects my 3 week infant? I am also giving her formula bottle .

If I am breast feeding and have severe cough and runny nose does this affects my 3 week infant?  I am also giving her formula bottle .

Yes but: You may be contagious, but breast feeding is the best way to protect your baby from illness. Practice good handwashing, don't kiss your baby on the face, and keep breast feeding! hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Son 1yr8mnth had runny nose/cough virus not getting better, crying all time 30min intervals, irritable and distressed with head butting no temp?

Son 1yr8mnth had runny nose/cough virus not getting better, crying all time 30min intervals, irritable and distressed with head butting no temp?

Time to see doctor: Your child is miserable and it is time for him to see a doctor if the problem is getting worse or has been present for more than a week. ...Read more

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5 month old, bad cough, runny nose, low grade fever, extremely irritable, not sleeping, eating 3 oz less per feeding. Going on over a month. Virus?

5 month old, bad cough, runny nose, low grade fever, extremely irritable, not sleeping, eating 3 oz less per feeding. Going on over a month. Virus?

Sick baby: What you are describing going on in a five mo old baby is very worrisome. Your baby should be examined by the doctor to determine the cause of the cough and fever that has been going on for over one month. After diagnosis then proper treatment can be given. ...Read more

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My baby will be 6 months in 2 weeks. Her temperature is now 97.1°F. She has a cough and a runny nose. should she go to the ER?

My baby will be 6 months in 2 weeks. Her temperature is now 97.1°F. She has a cough and a runny nose. should she go to the ER?

More info needed: Thank you for your question! I would have her go to the ER if she is having trouble breathing (wheezing, noisy breathing). Most likely it is a common cold (antibiotics wouldn't help). Just use a humidifier in her room and watch her temp. If she develops a fever (defined as over 100.3 F, then she should go to the ER. I hope she feels better!!! ...Read more

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My 7 month n10days baby has runny nose little bit cough n blocked , his under eyes become bit red . Plz help me?

My 7 month  n10days  baby has runny nose little  bit cough n blocked , his under eyes become bit red . Plz help me?

Red eyes: He may have caught a viral infection that can cause cold like symptoms as well as a viral conjunctivitis causing red eye. Recommend following up with your doctor to make sure he hasn't caught any severe infection that needs to be treated. Viral infections are usually self limited so it will probably improve in a matter of days. ...Read more

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My 11!months baby has dry cough and runny nose?

My 11!months baby has dry cough and runny nose?

M.D. visit: Babies prefer to breath through their noses,and keeping the nasal passages open with nasal saline and gentle suction is recommended. If the cough worsens or persists a visit to your pediatrician to evaluate possible wheezing, pneumonia and other causes is suggested. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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