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My 1 year old is wheezing has had a low grade fever but no runny nose. He had a really bad ear infection last week. What can I do?

My 1 year old is wheezing has had a low grade fever but no runny nose. He had a really bad ear infection last week. What can I do?

Take child to ED: If your child has never wheezed before, may have a condition called bronchiolitis, common at this time of the year. But it is associated with runny nose and nasal congestion and cough usually. Your child should be seen in ED to rule out pneumonia or aspiration with a chest Xrays. ...Read more

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What can cause ongoing (6 months) elevated WBC and neutrophils in a 1 year old? Chronic wheeze not responding to asthma/allergy meds. Other tests norm

What can cause ongoing (6 months) elevated WBC and neutrophils in a 1 year old? Chronic wheeze not responding to asthma/allergy meds. Other tests norm

Define "elevated": When you post a question it helps if you provide actual data, not assumptions. A 6 mo tends to run higher WBC counts than older kids or adults. With no number to look at I can't assume there is a problem. ...Read more

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My 1 year old son has a cough/running nose for 3-4 weeks, but no fever or other issues.  today he was wheezing when he was walking. What should we do?

My 1 year old son has a cough/running nose for 3-4 weeks, but no fever or other issues.  today he was wheezing when he was walking. What should we do?

Wheezing: You need to take your child to your doctor to get him checked. He can have a cold that went down to his lungs or he could have RSV bronchiolitis. ...Read more

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My son will be 1 year old on 2/16/16. He started having a runny nose, congestion and a cough on Tuesday. No fever, clearish snot, and didn't seem to really be bothered by it until yesterday. I noticed that he's wheezing a little bit and I wasn't sure if I

My son will be 1 year old on 2/16/16. He started having a runny nose, congestion and a cough on Tuesday. No fever, clearish snot, and didn't seem to really be bothered by it until yesterday. I noticed that he's wheezing a little bit and I wasn't sure if I

Wheezing: Some viruses in infants are associated with wheezing, particularly the RSV virus. If he is working hard to breath, has poor PO intake of high fever, he should be checked. The treatment is symptomatic and involves keeping his nasal passages clear, elevating his head and making sure his room is not too hot or dry. All the best. ...Read more

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1year old has a temperature and a wheezy cough. He also has a dry rash one side of his face?

1year old has a temperature and a wheezy cough. He also has a dry rash one side of his face?

Mgt: I would recommend that he be seen. Do you have Albuterol already prescribed? Did he start this illness with cold symptoms?

A follow up appointment may be booked online as an inbox consult. ...Read more

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1year old has a wheezy cough, high temperature and a dry rash on one side of his face. He has had a runny nose too?

1year old has a wheezy cough, high temperature and a dry rash on one side of his face. He has had a runny nose too?

Viral?: Sounds like he has a viral infection. Wheezing at this age per se does not necessarily mean asthma although it may be treated as such if he has problem breathing. ...Read more

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Is it safe to start steroids in 1 year old baby who has indications of mild wheeze and had pneumonia recently?

Is it safe to start steroids in 1 year old baby who has indications of mild wheeze and had pneumonia recently?

Steroids in infants: Steroids like Prednisolone are potent medications that can have significant side effects. Nevertheless, in patients with asthma there is really nothing else that can reverse the airway inflammation quickly. According to studies children actually handle steroids much better than adults do. Steroids are routinely indicated for toddlers with asthma. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a 2 year old that has a horrible cough and she is wheezing you can hear it in her chest what is the best thing I can give her to help ease it?

I have a 2 year old that has a horrible cough and she is wheezing you can hear it in her chest what is the best thing I can give her to help ease it?

Needs a visit: A kid this age with this pattern of symptoms may have a treatable form of pneumonia or asthma. Treatment would depend on the findings of exam and possibly an x-ray. If it is doing this I wouldn't try to manage this with over the counter meds. ...Read more

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My 7 year old son has been coughing & wheezing with a low grade fever for 11 days now.?

My 7 year old son has been coughing & wheezing with a low grade fever for 11 days now.?

See the doctor: This time of year, many respiratory infections are being spread among children in school. Some of them are minor, but some may be serious. If your child has had cough, wheezing, and fever for 11 days, they need to be seen by their doctor to determine the cause of the illness. Please do not delay seeking treatment! ...Read more

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My 4 year old has been coughing a dry cough but not sick at all no wheezing either. No asthma or anything should I be worried?

My 4 year old has been coughing a dry cough but not sick at all no wheezing either. No asthma or anything should I be worried?

Not right now: A dry cough without other symptoms, is safe to observe. It should resolve in several weeks. If there are new symptoms consider having him/her checked. All the best. ...Read more

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My two year old has a wheezing cough and is struggling to eat as her nasal passages are blocked, what can I do to ease the symptoms?

My two year old has a wheezing cough and is struggling to eat as her nasal passages are blocked, what can I do to ease the symptoms?

Immediate exam: Use saline nasal saline drops from the drug store and a vaporizer for your child. Help to gently clear the discharge with tissue. Also, I suggest an immediate exam at a clinic. Serious illnesses such as pneumonia must be checked for. The sooner your child is properly examined at a clinic the better the chances for a full recovery. ...Read more

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A 6 year old has a high fever 40 deg sudden onset and coughing/ wheezing. What could it be?

A 6 year old has a high fever 40 deg sudden onset and coughing/ wheezing. What could it be?

Mgt: There are several conditions, but from this description a lower respiratory tract infection is likely. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a dry hacking cough when she sleeps. No stridor or wheezing. What can I do to ensure it does not turn in to something worse?

My 2 year old has a dry hacking cough when she sleeps. No stridor or wheezing. What can I do to ensure it does not turn in to something worse?

Mgt: One possible cause are allergies and another is reflux and aspiration. Post nasal drip if there is congestion usually causes a wet cough. If there is a parental history of allergies, asthma and if she has had eczema and/or allergic reactions, these may be more likely to occur. ...Read more

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My 3 year old son has sesame and nuts allergy. Are they for life? He used to cough a lot when he was a child but no wheezing

My 3 year old son has sesame and nuts allergy. Are they for life? He used to cough a lot when he was a child but no wheezing

Plan On It: They could be. Even though he has not had wheezing, it could develop as he gets older. Stay away from the nuts and talk to your doctor about giving him an epi-pen in case of a breathing related emergency related to the allergy. ...Read more

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A few nights a week my five year old daughter wheezes and coughs. She will also have a blocked nose. Her breathing can become rapid too.?

A few nights a week my five year old daughter wheezes and coughs. She will also have a blocked nose. Her breathing can become rapid too.?

Airways inflammation: Is what she probably has, upper airways affection causing the blocked nasal passages and possibly sinus affection, and lower airways inflammation manifested by cough and wheezing, especially at night. Try to identify triggers: smoking, pets, dust, pollens, etc. She'll need good evaluation, see her doctor or an allergist, if you have access to. Meanwhile, saline nasal washes, bronchodilators, goodluck ...Read more

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Are there long term effects of using albuterol and pulmicort? My three year old has had to use them to treat his wheezing for over a month now

Are there long term effects of using albuterol and pulmicort? My three year old has had to use them to treat his wheezing for over a month now

Very few: Albuterol can cause tachycardia (fast heart rate) which ceases when the medication is metabolized. Pumicort is an inhaled steroid. Users of this can develop thrush (oral fungal infection). Rinsing the mouth after use usually prevents this. ...Read more

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2 year old still drooling. He is not teething. He wheezes a lot. He coughs all day and all night. Could it be caused by large tonsils?

2 year old still drooling. He is not teething. He wheezes a lot. He coughs all day and all night. Could it be caused by large tonsils?

Drooling: It could be. Another cause could be reflux, allergies or some other things. These are only guesses; you need to see your doctor, have him evaluated, and referred to a specialist, if indicated. ...Read more

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4.5 year old w/ 5 month dry cough that doesn't respond to asthma or anti-reflux meds or abx. Classic asthma triggers but no wheezing? Pertussis neg.

4.5 year old w/ 5 month dry cough that doesn't respond to asthma or anti-reflux meds or abx. Classic asthma triggers but no wheezing? Pertussis neg.

Post-nasall drip: Persistant cough is 95% of the time a combination of reflux, cough-variant asthma and/or post-nasal drip. The PND can be caused by allergy, chronic low grade sinusitis or non-allergic rhinitis. If all these problems have been excluded the child needs a thorough evaluation by either an allergist or pulmonologist who is experienced with children. ...Read more

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Today my 5 year old son felt wheezing problem. When I took him to the doctor, it is bcoz of ibuprofen I gave him for past two days for cold. Is it right?

Today my 5 year old son felt wheezing problem. When I took him to the doctor, it is bcoz of ibuprofen I gave him for past two days for cold. Is it right?

I do not know: If the child reacted to one of the ingredients in the Ibuprofen (like the dye) then it is possible that the wheezing was from that - an allergic reaction. Often wheezing is form a cold as well...If you stopped the Ibuprofen and the wheezing did not improve then have your child seen again. ...Read more

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2 year old with stuffy nose, and cough that sounds like a bark? No fever, no wheezing, worse at night. How do I make him feel better?

2 year old with stuffy nose, and cough that sounds like a bark? No fever, no wheezing, worse at night. How do I make him feel better?

See Doc re: Croup: When a child has a cough that has a "barking" quality, a doc should check them for an illness called Croup. A pediatrician should see your little guy today. Croup can have serious complications at times even requiring hospitalization. Since your child is young, he probably can't tell you how sick he really is. He should be assessed today and monitored closely. Rx treatment will help him get better ...Read more

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Hi, my 9 year old daughter is wheezing, coughing, constant chest pain, and has trouble breathing. She was negative for cf, and taking a asthma test.

Hi, my 9 year old daughter is wheezing, coughing, constant chest pain, and has trouble breathing. She was negative for cf, and taking a asthma test.

Has asthma: Your child has asthma. A asthma test is a good idea to see what her baseline lung function is, but it is not needed to make the diagnosis here. She has wheezing, cough, dyspnea (trouble breathing) - she has asthma. She needs to be hit hard with meds immediately to get symptoms under control - she may even be bad enough for inpatient admission. Then the doc visits to asthma and/or allergy specialist ...Read more

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Wheeze. Short of breath. Cough sometimes clear sometimes yellow. 8 pack year hist. Copd? Asthma? Just sick? Xray had hyperinflation follow up one fine.

Wheeze. Short of breath. Cough sometimes clear sometimes yellow. 8 pack year hist. Copd? Asthma? Just sick? Xray had hyperinflation follow up one fine.

Any of number cond.: Both conditions are associated with cough and wheezing. A pulmonary function test is a helpful diagnostic test which can help your physician determine the underlying cause of your shortness of breath and productive cough. Checking your temperature and providing a sputum sample for analysis may be helpful as well. Prmg will review records at attn. Prmg fax 858 259 9689. ...Read more

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Hi, my 5 year old daughter has cough and wheezing. Can I give her salbutamol liquid medicine by mouth along with albuterol inhaler?

Hi, my 5 year old daughter has cough and wheezing. Can I give her salbutamol liquid medicine by mouth along with albuterol inhaler?

Better not: If you are giving her the right dose with the right technique, using a spacer. Repeating the inhaler dose every 20-30 minutes if needed, till symptoms abate, if no improvement despite that, you need to call her doctor or go to ER, best wishes ...Read more

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2 year old has a really bad cough, wheezing, fever on n off, runny nose, n vomits sometimes. Inhaler helps breathing but cough very bad please help..

See doctor!: Your child must be seen right away by a doctor before the difficulty breathing gets worse. The cough and wheezing may be evidence of severe asthma, which can be life-threatening if untreated! ...Read more

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I'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

I'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

Unlikely: Do you have asthma? Are you over-weight? It would be prudent to consult a doctor as your symptoms warrant a more detailed history, physical examination and may be some tests. If you are over-weight, try losing some weight. (easier said than done). ...Read more

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3 year old boy with fever for 1 day, cough 3 days, wheeze and runny nose. On xray it says asthmatic bronchitis. Does he need antibiotic?

3 year old boy with fever for 1 day, cough 3 days, wheeze and runny nose. On xray it says asthmatic bronchitis. Does he need antibiotic?

Probably not.: It doesn't sound like a bacterial pneumonia. But if the fever persists or he gets worse, i'd call your doctor back. 'asthmatic bronchitis' and viral infections look very similar on xrays. ...Read more

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Shall I give benedryl for wheezing for 6 years old boy?

Shall I give benedryl for wheezing for 6 years old boy?

Treatment of wheeze: Wheezing is a common symptom of asthma and is treated with albuterol inhalers for quick relief. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an old antihistamine that is helpful for allergies, but is not the preferred medication for wheezing. A physician can assist in identifying the cause of wheezing and the best treatment. ...Read more

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A case of child 5 years old with history of eating green bean with sudden cough& audible wheezes after that.

A case of child 5 years old with history of eating green bean with sudden cough& audible wheezes after that.

? Choking vs allergy: This sounds like the child might have choked the food and food went to wrong passage i.e. Respiratory (lungs), known as aspiration. Sometime, food cause allergy and develop similar symptoms. If persist, please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Short of breath all the time, when reading aloud to my children I get puffed. I am 32 years old. Wheezing at night?

Short of breath all the time, when reading aloud to my children I get puffed. I am 32 years old. Wheezing at night?

Could be asthma: Or reactive airway disease for whatever cause such as viral infection, overwieght/obesity can add to the problem, but need to rule out asthma first, check with your doctor, wish you wellness ...Read more

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1yr old been sick since 30August was wheezy had a few bad nights now breathing sounds crackly, yuck cough and conjunctivitis. Night time, and early mornings are the worst, what can I do for him? Doctors I went to are full so he hasn't been seen to

1yr old been sick since 30August was wheezy had a few bad nights now breathing sounds crackly, yuck cough and conjunctivitis. Night time, and early mornings are the worst, what can I do for him? Doctors I went to are full so he hasn't been seen to

I'll 1 yr old: Hi

Your child has to be assessed by a doctor to determine what is going on. It is difficult to be sure what is wrong unless a proper history and examination is done and I would not advise putting this off any longer. ...Read more