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My 2yr old has a bad cough and kind of strains when he coughs. What should I do?

My 2yr old has a bad cough and kind of strains when he coughs. What should I do?

Take him to doctor.: If he is having that much trouble when he coughs, his doctor needs to see him to make sure it's not something more severe that a common cold. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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 16 month old son has a very bad dry crackling cough and when he coughs it sounds horrible and hard to cough what can I do to get rid of this asap?!

My 16 month old son has a very bad dry crackling cough and when he coughs it sounds horrible and hard to cough what can I do to get rid of this asap?!

Time for a visit: The possibilities for a horrible crackly cough range from a chest cold to bronchitis to an asthma flare up or pneumonia.If it is as bad as you describe & interfering with sleep , fluid intake or appetite, it would be good to have him evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a 8 month old who has a really bad deep caught runny nose and sneezing and when he coughing his eyes run what should I do?

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I have a 8 month old who has a really bad deep caught runny nose and sneezing and when he coughing his eyes run what should I do?

Probably a cold: The common cold is the likely explanation but if the problem persists or worsens, see your pediatrician. In the meanwhile, honey may possibly help his cough (cough medicine does not seem to work in children) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may possibly reduce his runny nose. The duration of cold symptoms should not exceed 10 days however. ...Read more

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My baby boy has a bad cough,  comes from deep inside. What should I do? Should I get him some kind of baby medicine or any other suggestions? 

My baby boy has a bad cough,  comes from deep inside. What should I do? Should I get him some kind of baby medicine or any other suggestions? 

See the doctor: Babies can have many causes for a deep cough from infections such as pneumonia or other causes such as heartburn and choking. Cough medicines are not recommended in children and especially in infants. You should see the doctor to help determine the cause of the cough. ...Read more

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My son is only coughing, has a little of mucus, and when he coughs a lot he throws up. Should I be worry & what can I do? Home remedy? If possible.

My son is only coughing, has a little of mucus, and when he coughs a lot he throws up. Should I be worry & what can I do? Home remedy? If possible.

Coughing: If this is of short duration, make sure his room is cool and not too dry. Encourage small amount of fluids frequently. If it persists or if he developed a fever have him checked. Coughing with vomiting is a symptom of whooping cough. I hope he feels better. ...Read more

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My 16 yr old brother has this really bad cough at night and I give him cough medicane and that doesn't work. What could this cough be caused by?

My 16 yr old brother has this really bad cough at night and I give him cough medicane and that doesn't work. What  could this cough be caused by?

Could be ...: In my experience (pediatric ENT practice), cough at night is often due to reflux (gastro-esophageal reflux, or ger). Even "cough-variant" asthma, that manifests as a night-time cough, is often caused by ger. Best to see your doc about options. Also visit my website for more info (not selling anything). ...Read more

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My 17months old has a bad cough and very congested and her boogers are starting to have a greenish color to them. What should I do?

My 17months old has a bad cough and very congested and her boogers are starting to have a greenish color to them. What should I do?

Respiratory illness: Your baby has an infection. It is time to get them to the clinic for evaluation and treatment. If the baby is hot or feverish this is an urgent problem. ...Read more

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My little brother has a bad cough. I can hear him breath he's got bad snot and has had it for ages also a cough. What is it?

My little brother has a bad cough. I can hear him breath he's got bad snot and has had it for ages also a cough. What is it?

3 main causes: The 3 most common causes of chronic cough are asthma, reflux disease, and allergies/sinusitis. It sounds like he may have the latter. He could try otc allergy meds and nasal saline irrigation. He may also need prescription medications and possible allergy testing. Other causes can be treated with acid medications or asthma medications and may need evaluation for other causes. ...Read more

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My 3yr old woke up wheezing, complaining about his throat and tummy hurting. He has a bad bad cough and runny nose what do I do? & what does he have

My 3yr old woke up wheezing, complaining about his throat and tummy hurting. He has a bad  bad cough and runny nose what do I do? & what does he have

Possible virus: Wheezing, cough and runny nose can be symptoms of a virus. Frequently there is fever as well. If these symptoms have occurred before or become recurrent, this could be early signs of asthma, especially if the child has eczema, food allergies, hayfever or parents with asthma. Wheezing suggests significant lung involvement and warrants a trip to the doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if my 1 yb old baby has a cough, running fever, and teething what should I do?

What to do if my 1 yb old baby has a cough, running fever, and teething what should I do?

See Pediatrician: Cough and fever probably viral in origin and just happens to be teething at same time. Check in w your pediatrician. Also, 1st dental cm-up w a pediatric dental specialist as soon as 1st tooth erupts. Pedodontist will do exam, diet and oral hygiene instruction, Fluoride balancing, crania-facial growth and development evaluation, and will begin the bonding process w your child. Don't put it off. ...Read more

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Has something on my tonge like blisters that giving me cough all night long. I had bad flu recently also. What should I do ?

Has something on my tonge like blisters that giving me cough all night long. I had bad flu recently also. What should I do ?

See doctor...: You need to see a doctor so that the "blisters" on your tongue can be examined. It is not possible to know what theses lesions are without examining them. If you are short of breath, go to the er as this can be a life-threatening problem. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has a bad cough and that's her only smyton what could it be?

My 3 year old has a bad cough and that's her only smyton what could it be?

Could be a few thing: Talk it over with your doc and get looked over. If drainage or throat clearing, colds or allergies. If cough in pm and with exercise, maybe asthma. Maybe reflux. Maybe habit cough. Could be many things. Get an exam and talk it over with your doc. ...Read more

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Hi my son is 6 months old and he have a runny nose cough and sneeze what can I do?Thank you

Hi my son is 6 months old and he have a runny nose cough and sneeze what can I do?Thank you

1st,Symptomatic care: Runny noses are very common during baby's first year. Most often these are of viral origin, which are self-limited. Usually saline drops and gentle suction are adequate for symptomatic relief. However, if baby displays fussiness, fever, sleeplessness, worsening cough, or diarrhea then concerns of possible ear or throat infection must be considered, triggering a call to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What can I do for my 8-month-old baby when he getts the flu and a cough?

What can I do for my 8-month-old baby when he getts the flu and a cough?

Illness in infant: Nasal congestion and coughing in an infant is usually associated with an upper respiratory infection. Most are viral and cannot be cured, bacterial forms in this age group can be very dangerous. Nasal saline drops to the nose can help with congestion (too young for any medication) while you are preparing for your doctor visit. Tamiflu is indicated for flu positive infants 2 weeks and older. ...Read more

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I have a 3m old girl she just started a cough with a lot of mucous in her troat it sounds terrible! what should I do for her to feel better ?

I have a 3m old girl she just started a cough with a lot of mucous in her troat it sounds terrible! what should I do for her to feel better ?

Uri treatment: Use a bulb syringe to duck up the mucus, spray salt water nose drops in her nose 4 times daily. Take her in the washroom, turn on the hot shower an d steam her for20-30 minutes 4 times daily. Keep vaporizer on where she sleeps and elevate her mattress with a wedge so she's sleeping on an angle. ...Read more

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My son is three months old and has a cough, kind of mucus sounding and is really tired and sneezing. No fever. What can I do?

My son is three months old and has a cough, kind of mucus sounding and is really tired and sneezing. No fever. What can I do?

Congested cough: At 3mo the primary cause of congestion/cough are irritants. 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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My 1 year old daghter has had a cough and runny nose with green mucus for 6 days i took her too the doctor she's. Still sick what should I do.

My 1 year old daghter has had a cough and runny nose with green mucus for 6 days i took her too the doctor she's. Still sick what should I do.

Take her back: Obviously whatever treatment they gave her did not work completely, call the doctor and let them know she is still sick. Also try using a saline nasal spray to help her congestion. ...Read more