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My 11 month old has a bad cough and diarrhea but no fever, is it serious?

My 11 month old has a bad cough and diarrhea but no fever, is it serious?

Viral Illness: May be enterovirus or alike. Starts with upper respiratory symptoms with runny nose, cough, sometimes vomiting, and ends with diarrhea. Give pedialyte 4-6 ounces for each diarrhea, continue if you are breast feeding. Food will be mainly: bananna, rice, applesauce, chicken/soup, crackers. For cough can give Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 4 ml twice daily, use steam inhaler or a vaporiser. If cough worse, see his/her doc. ...Read more

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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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My 11 month- old has a bad cough and diarrhea but no fever. Is it serious?

My 11 month- old has a bad cough and diarrhea but no fever. Is it serious?

Likely viral: Make sure he's getting plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration - pedialyte works well. If any difficulty breathing or fever he should be evaluated. ...Read more

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My 11 month old has a bad cough and diarrhea but no fever. Is this serious?

My 11 month old has a bad cough and diarrhea but no fever. Is this serious?

See a pediatrician: Any child under a year in age with these symptoms should be seen, if only to check for dehydration. Your pediatrician should be able to reassure you. Good luck. ...Read more

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15 month old. Had a fever started a bad cough. No fever now but in pain. Soar throat I think. Crys and says ow. What can I do?

15 month old. Had a fever started a bad cough. No fever now but in pain. Soar throat I think. Crys and says ow. What can I do?

Crying baby: Okay. Start with some Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for the pain. Then call the doctor for a check up. Sore throat, ear infection or both are possibilities. It is really hard to know your child is in pain and feel helpless. You will feel better too if you take the trip to the doctor ...Read more

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My 5 month old acts like he is teething. He is congested and has a bad cough. He isn't sleeping well and seems exhausted. This is day three and there is no fever yet. Whatshould I do?

My 5 month old acts like he is teething. He is congested and has a bad cough. He isn't sleeping well and seems exhausted. This is day three and there is no fever yet. Whatshould I do?

Nasal congestion: At 5mo the primary cause of congestion are irritants or colds. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that don't bother adults but irritate a babies nose. A good nasal clean out with saline can remove much of this irritant load, but removing the offending irritants from babies life helps more in the long run. Irritants aggravate colds & nasal wash helps. ...Read more

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What can I take for a cough. I have no fever nothing just a bad cough and no mucus?

Mucinex/Delsym: Many anticough medicines are available otc--such as mucinex, (guaifenesin) delsym, Robitussin etc...Since you don't really have much in term of concerning symptoms, you can try the above meds for a few days. If not better or should symptoms worsen, please then consult doc for an eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had a bad cough for about 2 weeks. No fever or other symptoms what should I do?

I have had a bad cough for about 2 weeks. No fever or other symptoms what should I do?

Possibilities...: Possible diagnoses include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, sinus problems or even a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments so you need to see your doctor so you can be diagnosed and then treated. If you are smoking, you need to quit and your doctor can help with this as well. ...Read more

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My daughter has a bad cough but no fever should I take her in?

My daughter has a bad cough but no fever should I take her in?

Uncomfortable?: Age? If you are uncomfortable with the way she looks or the way she is acting, you should have her seen. Unless she is wheezing or grunting, in general, it is less important how the cough sounds than how the child looks. If she has a history of asthma or pneumonias, if the cough has been progressing or lasting a week, if her breathing is labored or she appears uncomfortable, have her evaluated. ...Read more

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Hi I have a question. So I have a bad cough. Been about a week it started out with body aches and those symptoms are gone. Now but I'm coughing up alot of phlegm. And there's a slight popping. When I exhale. Worse when I lay down. But I have no fever jus

Hi I have a question. So I have a bad cough. Been about a week it started out with body aches and those symptoms are gone. Now but I'm coughing up alot of phlegm. And there's a slight popping. When I exhale. Worse when I lay down. But I have no fever jus

Cough w/ phlegm: Could be you had viral infection and have superimposed bacterial infection, could be post infectious reactive airways when you lie down it is worse because you are compressing lungs. Keep head of bed at 25-45% with pillow under mattress. May need inhaler, also may need antibiotics. Antihistamines before bed may also assist as may have post nasal drip f/u w/doc ...Read more

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Been having a bad cough producing mucus and sever chest discomfort/ pain. No fever. Runny nose. Could it be acute bronchitis?

Been having a bad cough producing mucus and sever chest discomfort/ pain. No fever. Runny nose. Could it be acute bronchitis?

Yes: It sounds like you have viral bronchitis. Most cases of bronchitis are caused by respiratory viruses that do not respond to antibiotics. More severe and prolonged cases are usually bacterial bronchitis caused by strep. Pneumoniae, hemophilus sp. And moraxella sp. These are usually treated with zithromax, ceftin, (cefuroxime) vantin, Augmentin or levoquin. ...Read more

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My 2 month old son is really congested no fever and bad cough with some wheezing what can I do to make breathing better? Did saline drops (don't help)

My 2 month old son is really congested no fever and bad cough with some wheezing what can I do to make breathing better? Did saline drops (don't help)

Congestion: Your profile says he has RSV a very common virus that can make small infants very very sick. If he is wheezing you need to take him to pediatrician for nebulizer treatements, please. ...Read more

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11 month old has a runny nose changing from clear to green going on 2 weeks now and a bad cough & coughed up blood with phleghm?

11 month old has a runny nose changing from clear to green going on 2 weeks now and a bad cough & coughed up blood with phleghm?

Office visit time: With the duration of sx and bloody phlem an office visit for evaluation is needed. It may be something simple or may be moving toward something more worrisome. Make the call. ...Read more

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11 month old with a bad cough and some wheezing... Should I bring her in?

11 month old with a bad cough and some wheezing... Should I bring her in?

YES: Many parents do not immunize their children.The risk of pertussis-whooping cough- is much greater now. Please see your dr. Soon. ...Read more

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9yr old has harsh bad cough for over 2 weeks with little congestion no fever feeling fine. Does this require antibiotic? Can't seem to rid cough

9yr old has harsh bad cough for over 2 weeks with little congestion no fever feeling fine. Does this require antibiotic? Can't seem to rid cough

Hard to say: Antibiotics are useless in treating cough unless there is a bacterial infection causing it. Some kids with simple viral bronchitis will cough hard for up to a month. Work with the kids doc to see what is going on. Don't assume that antibiotics are needed, although they could be. Sometimes they develop a sinus infection that triggers persistent cough after the initial issue has passed. ...Read more

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My 5 month old daughter has had some loose stools. No fever, eating normally, and active. She has a red bottom, relieved with diaper cream. Could it be teething?

My 5 month old daughter has had some loose stools. No fever, eating normally, and active. She has a red bottom, relieved with diaper cream. Could it be teething?

Maybe: I can be hard to determine the exact cause of an infants symptoms... It might be related to teething or it might be a cold. Please monitor your child closely and give palliative care:
1. Cold compresses
2. Children's tylenol (acetaminophen) per the label's directions.
3. Maintain hydration, plain water is ok.
4. Call your pediatrician if the fever increases or persists for more than 3 days. ...Read more

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2yrs old has a bad cough low fever took him to dr they say spleen inflamed but just a cold he's not eating but is drinking all he wants to do sleep?

2yrs old has a bad cough low fever took him to dr they say spleen inflamed but just a cold he's not eating but is drinking all he wants to do sleep?

COUGH, LOW GRADE: Fever, diminished appetite are signs of viral infection. I assume, the pediatrician mentioned some inflammation of 'lung', not spleen. As long as he is drinking well, not to worry. If not better in 5-7 days, or any worsening, check with the pediatrician.
Tip: to get more accurate answer, mention country/ city/region/race, etc. (splenic enlargement is common in sickle cell disease/african race, etc). ...Read more

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If my 3 year old had a high fever but is now gone and has a bad cough to where he pukes should I take him to the doctor?

If my 3 year old had a high fever but is now gone and has a bad cough to where he pukes should I take him to the doctor?

Dehydration: If he is coughing and vomiting he is at risk of becoming dehydrated. Give him clears, monitor his urine output. If urine output significantly down and the he cannot keep clears down then go to the doctor. ...Read more

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My 6 year old son has a unexplained bruising on his lower back this the scound time he has had it and it comes with a bad cough and low fever?

My 6 year old son has a unexplained bruising on his lower back this the scound time he has had it and it comes with a bad cough and low fever?

See a doctor: Bruising with fever and cough can be an indication of low platelets, and other hematologic abnormalities that can happen with infections. See a doctor, asap. ...Read more

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My 6 yr old son had the flu 2 weeks ago. Now he has a bad cough, vomiting and mild fever. Should I take him to the er? He's been sick too long.?

My 6 yr old son had the flu 2 weeks ago. Now he has a bad cough, vomiting and mild fever. Should I take him to the er? He's been sick too long.?

Take him to his doc: If he is not in respiratory distress - not struggling or working hard to breathe, you can wait to see his pediatrician over the next day. Some children get pneumonia with the flu. He will need to get examined and possibly get a chest xray to determine if this is the case. And then he can be treated. If he is in respiratory distress, take him to the er. ...Read more

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Three year old with cough and diahrrea no fever?

Three year old with cough and diahrrea no fever?

Viral illness: Symptom or comfort care and monitoring would be my suggestion if she is otherwise not too distraught or bothered by the cough at night and diarrhea is not overwhelmingly bloody, mucousy or associated with poor intake/weight loss. Consider rest, fluids and steamy baths to soak in. Follow up with your doc if worsens/persists. ...Read more

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11month old seems a bit warm. Clammy hands but no fever seems fine just a bit tired with a light cough. Can I give her over-the-counter med? If needed

11month old seems a bit warm. Clammy hands but no fever seems fine just a bit tired with a light cough. Can I give her over-the-counter med? If needed

No meds: Since there is no fever higher than 103, no need for any medications. All cough medication sold otc for children should not be used until the child is at least 6 years old. But even then, it doesn't do anything, don't waste your money! ...Read more

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Very bad cough for two weeks. No fever. Now 4 weeks later throat still sensitive and get into coughing fits even by looking up or laughing. What's up?

Very bad cough for two weeks. No fever. Now 4 weeks later throat still sensitive and get into coughing fits even by looking up or laughing. What's up?

Chronic cough: You should make an appointment with your doctor to see what the cause of your chroniccough many be. You may have an infection or you may have to be evaluated for asthma. ...Read more

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Been having a runny nose bad cough especially at night, Claritin (loratadine) hasn't been working. No fever, no chills, just cough and runny nose. What should I do?

See doctor: Post-nasal drips is likely the most common cause for a chronic cough but you will need to be checked out for asthma also. Nasal steroid is usually more effective than Claritin in reducing the nasal symptoms -> improvement in your cough if asthma is not present. If your nasal discharge is often discolored, then sinusitis needs be ruled out. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more