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My 2 year old has barking cough and runny nose should he be seen?

My 2 year old has barking cough and runny nose should he be seen?

Maybe: Just playing the odds, he probably has a cold or a mild case of croup. But if there's a question of his safety in your mind, then better safe than sorry. Here's some basic guidelines i use: if he's having trouble breathing (not just coughing), if he's refusing to drink, not urinating, in pain, inconsolably irritable or barely responsive, he definitely needs to be seen. Beyond that, it's your judgement. ...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


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3.5 yr old had runny nose and low grade temp last wk. Now barking cough & 38.7 degree Celsius temp. Can hear phlegm dripping in back of throat.

3.5 yr old had runny nose and low grade temp last wk. Now barking cough & 38.7 degree Celsius temp. Can hear phlegm dripping in back of throat.

This is probably: viral, but if she/he isn't drinking fluids, complains of pain, or is having difficulty breathing, I would recommend checking in with her/his doctor. Also, if the fever and cough continue, she/he should have her/his chest listened to by a doctor. ...Read more

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For 3 days I've had a barking cough, a slight fever, body aches, runny nose and im weak and shakey. What could it be and should I see a doctor?

For 3 days I've had a barking cough, a slight fever, body aches, runny nose and im weak and shakey. What could it be and should I see a doctor?

Yes: You could have whooping cough, which is a bacterial infection that may appear to be a severe cold. If you do have it, you are contagious, and antibiotics will help you get better faster, and prevent you giving it to others. Most respiratory infections are viral, and antibiotics do not help. If you have had a vaccination called tdap, it is unlikely you have whooping cough, as the vaccine protects. ...Read more

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Hello my two year old daughter has had a fever since yesterday morning and also a runny nose and nasty cough. Idk what to do now please help?

Hello my two year old daughter has had a fever since yesterday morning and also a runny nose and nasty cough. Idk what to do now please help?

A child with a fever: Needs to be seen at the doctors' office. If the fever persists, or if your child is lethargic then this can be an urgent problem. If your child is not lethargic and is eating then you can wait and see in the morning. ...Read more

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Home remedies for a cough and runny nose in a 2 year old?

Home remedies for a cough and runny nose in a 2 year old?

Honey: A teaspoon of honey works better then OTC cough & cold medications in children! Nasal saline for the runny nose. And of course lots of TLC! ...Read more

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My 2 year old had a bad cough and a runny nose. What can I give him or do for him?

My 2 year old had a bad cough and a runny nose.  What can I give him or do for him?

Symptom relief: Keep an eye on his temperature and activity level. An active, playful, and energetic child is a reassuring sign. Encourage fluids. As much as possible, keep him away from others, as what he has is probably contagious. Honey can relieve coughs and soothe throats. Have him checked by his doctor to determine if he needs any kind of treatment, or just time for this illness to resolve. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has had a runny nose for 2 weeks and cough with vomit recently what should I do.

My 2 year old has had a runny nose for 2 weeks and cough with vomit recently what should I do.

Runny nose and cough: Runny nose can cause your child to cough, and cough can makes your child to vomit. When it lasts for 2 weeks, you should bring your child to see a physician. A viral infection should not last that long. If he/she gets bacterial infections, he/she usually looks sick, has colored phlegm and would need antibiotics. A 2 years old can develop allergies to the environment and presents similar way. ...Read more

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My 2 1/2 year old son has a little runny nose, a wet cough. He seems to breath with a noise as he breathes. Its hard to explain but he fully active.?

Nasal noise: The nose & upper airway of small kids is a bit rubbery & vibrates when additional air is moving through with a cough or deep breath.This can produce lots of odd sounds/squeaks. The inner membranes of the nose can swell & constrict the nasal passages increasing the noise & vibrations.A kids general play activity is a good gauge of how sick they are, so this sounds minor. ...Read more

Dr. Ralph Wharton
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Barking Cough (Definition)

A barking cough is a symptom in which a child's cough sounds like a seal's barking. It is called croup and is usually caused by a viral infection in the larynx (voice box area). Adults with similar viral infections don't cough the barking sound because adults ...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