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My 5 daughter has a bark sounding cough and fever what could it be?

My 5 daughter has a bark sounding cough and fever what could it be?

Croup?: She should be evaluated by a doctor. Barking cough is often associated with swelling in the voice box or breathing tube ( larynx and trachea.) the cause can be viral and bacterial. This should be evaluated asap. ...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 6 mo baby is coughing and it sounds like she has phlegm. She also has a runny nose. What remedies can I give her?

My 6 mo baby is coughing and it sounds like she has phlegm. She also has a runny nose. What remedies can I give her?

Cough: At age 6 months there are really no medications to use. The best things to use are saline nose drops and her bulb syringe, a cool mist humidifier, and momma love. if she is having fevers or the symptoms are persistent for several days then I would take her into her doctor for an evaluation. Any wheezing or difficulty breathing requires immediate evaluation. ...Read more

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My son has a horriable muscy cough and i can hear his chest rattling very bad what could it be. He is two and he also has a fever with it.

My son has a horriable muscy cough and i can hear his chest rattling very bad what could it be. He is two and he also has a fever with it.

Go to the Doctor: You have a very ill child. PLEASE sign off of the internet and get this child to his physician for urgent medical attention, evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My daugter has a fever and cough what could be wrong, she is also sleeping a lot?

My daugter has a fever and cough what could be wrong, she is also sleeping a lot?

See her doctor.: It's impossible to say without examining her, but with fever, cough, and sleeping a lot, i strongly recommend taking her to her doctor. I hope she feels better soon! ...Read more

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My 9 month old has a cough, runny nose. It sounds wet and he has started to sound like its rattling. Should itake him in to be seen? No fever

My 9 month old has a cough, runny nose. It sounds wet and he has started to sound like its rattling. Should itake him in to be seen? No fever

Congestion in 9 mo o: How loong has this been going on for. If ohterwise okay, u can keep an eyeon it at home. If last more than 2 weeks go see the pediatrician. Or if fever or other symptoms come on, also seeur doc. ...Read more

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My daughter has a goupy eye (she is almost 2). He also has a bad runny nose. Should I be concerned?

My daughter has a goupy eye (she is almost 2). He also has a bad runny nose. Should I be concerned?

Be seen by MD: The one year old should be seen and examined to rule out ear infection and other issues. though you did not mention fever, the eye findings and "bad runny nose" may be associated with a need for medications. No bottles to bed empty or full, as this can increase chances of ear infection, choking and cavities in front teeth. Hope everything will be fine. ...Read more

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My 4 month old has a fever of 100.1 and she has a cough and runny nose is there anything that i can give her?

My 4 month old has a fever of 100.1 and she has a cough and runny nose is there anything that i can give her?

Baby cold: There is not much medicine available for young infants. Usually if the baby still has a good appetite and the fever is just 100, it most likely is a virus. Some remedies are to use a hot steam vaporizor, Normal Saline nose drops and nasal suction and could give some acetominophen if approved by your doctor. The dose is based on weight. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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My 5mth old has a cold(i think). He has a runny nose(which is sticky), cough, && sneezing.Could it be a cold or allergies ? It been like this for a wk

My 5mth old has a cold(i think). He has a runny nose(which is sticky), cough, && sneezing.Could it be a cold or allergies ? It been like this for a wk

Cold versus allergy: A cold is unlikely to last for more than several days, and might be linked to a low-grade fever. However, an allergy can cause itchy eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose for weeks at a time. It's sometimes difficult to tell, especially during the Spring in the Northeast. Check with the child's pediatrician to see if there are any other signs/symptoms of an upper respiratory infection ('cold'). ...Read more

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My daughter ran a temp of a 102 accompanied by a barky cough. I am sure she has the croope. But she also has this horrible wheezing on top on it?

My daughter ran a temp of a 102 accompanied by a barky cough. I am sure she has the croope. But she also has this horrible wheezing on top on it?

M.D. visit: A variety of viruses may trigger both croup and asthma. Treatment of asthma includes albuterol and possibly inhaled steroids. If the cough is barky she may have inflammation of the upper airway and keeping the air moist with a humidifier may help relieve the cough. It is important to follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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Hi my son is 2 he is breathing in at the ribs has cold and a really bad cough just worried if he has phemomia or somtimg?

Hi my son is 2 he is breathing in at the ribs has cold and a really bad cough just worried if he has phemomia or somtimg?

Doctor can evaluate: A 2 year-old who is breathing hard and is pulling in between his ribs should be examined by a doctor now. He may be having asthma symptoms, bronchiolitis symptoms, or pneumonia. After the doctor evaluates him, he may or may not be cleared to return home, with follow-up dependent on how severe his symptoms are, and on what his diagnosis and past medical history is. ...Read more

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My son just turned 1 last month. He has a congested nose but it is runny, is sneezing a lot, and coughing as well. Is there anything I can give him?

My son just turned 1 last month. He has a congested nose but it is runny, is sneezing a lot, and coughing as well. Is there anything I can give him?

Baby URI: There are no safe medications for a 1 month old baby. You can elevate the head, use a humidifier and clean the nose with normal saline drops and a bulb syringe. If the temperature is over 100.8 F rectally, call pediatrician. ...Read more

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My 5 month old has a temp of 100.2 she has a runny nose and has been crying on and off. What could this be? Is it concerning? What should I do?

My 5 month old has a temp of 100.2 she has a runny nose and has been crying on and off. What could this be? Is it concerning? What should I do?

Many causes: As a fellow midwesterner, i know there is still lots of RSV and some influenza b still around. With low grade fever like she has, i suspect a virus causing a cold (upper respiratory infection or "uri", could be RSV if coughing alot or wheezing with it. Getting more fussy (crying on and off), could indicate a complication like an ear infection, which commonly accompanies colds in babies. ...Read more

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My 2 year old grandson has had a terrible cough. Could it be cause of asthma or something else?

My 2 year old grandson has had a terrible cough. Could it be cause of asthma or something else?

Cough: Depending on how long he has had it and when it is triggered, he may have asthma or just an acute infection. His pediatrician should be able to tell, and if need be an allergist can help him too. ...Read more

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My 10 month old son's body is extremely warm; but, strangely he doesn't have a temperature. He does have a runny nose and cough. What could be wrong?

My 10 month old son's body is extremely warm; but, strangely he doesn't have a temperature. He does have a runny nose and cough. What could be wrong?

Viral Cold: Regarding his "feeling warm" but not having a temp, you can be reassured he doesn't have a fever. If he is just starting a runny nose and a cough, then he most likely has a viral cold. I have found in my practice experience that it is not unusual at the outset of an illness for parents to subjectively feel that the child is warm, despite the child not measuring a fever, so its pretty common! ...Read more

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My son has been coughing a lot and he also has a fever. What could it be?

My son has been coughing a lot and he also has a fever. What could it be?

Time to see the Dr.: Many possibilities, but with what you are describing, he needs to be seen for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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My son has a fever and a mucus sounding cough he is sleeping and coughed 2 and then i heard him " whoop" is this pertusiss?Am i over reacting?

My son has a fever and a mucus sounding cough he is sleeping and coughed 2 and then i heard him " whoop" is this pertusiss?Am i over reacting?

Unlikely: Patients with pertussis (whooping cough) are generally afebrile. Typical cough spell is a repetitive coughs until child actually stops breathing briefly, followed by sudden deep inspiration (whoop). ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my son was up all night with a croupy cough, he also has asthma. Is it asthma or something else?

Should i be concerned if my son was up all night with a croupy cough, he also has asthma. Is it asthma or something else?

Asthma with croup?: You did not say how old your son is? It is possible to have croup in addition to asthma or reactive airway disease. Rsv (respiratory syncytial virus) is also a possibility, particularly in children under 1 year. Best to have a low tolerance and seek the care of your pediatrician. ...Read more

Cough And Fever (Definition)

A cough is the forceful exhalation to clear breathing passages it may be an indication of illness or normal depending upon the source. Fever is just the descriptor of ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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