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Should I call the doctor if my baby has a runny nose and is wheezing?

Should I call the doctor if my baby has a runny nose and is wheezing?

Yes: Wheezing can indicate airway obstruction that may need treatment. Any wheezing should be evaluated by your baby's doctor promplty. Your pediatrician may prescribe a bronchodilator medication such as albuterol to help with this or steroids if the wheezing is severe. ...Read more

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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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Should I be worried if my 3 year old has had a cold for over a week. She can barley breath out her noise. She has a runny nose, Cough, and hasn't ate for the second night. Her doctor says it's allergies. Is this common with allergies.

Should I be worried if my 3 year old has had a cold for over a week. She can barley breath out her noise. She has a runny nose, Cough, and hasn't ate for the second night. Her doctor says it's allergies. Is this common with allergies.

Cold: Stuffy nose in kids can make them not breathe properly . Cold can be allergic or due to viral infection hence symptomatic relief can be from over the counter antiallergics . Allergies are commonest cause for runny nose . ...Read more

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If my baby’s nose has been runny for a week, should I call the doctor?

If my baby’s nose has been runny for a week, should I call the doctor?

Not necessarily: Most colds last 7-10 days. If baby doesn't have a fever or trouble breathing, and has been peeing normally (even if eating/drinking a little less), s/he may not need to be seen. Unfortunately we don't have treatment for runny noses, although nasal saline drops and bulb suctioning can help baby feel better. If you have concerns, though, your doctor is happy to check her/him! ...Read more

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My infant is five months has a dry cough for a week and has a runny stuffy nose no fever should I take him to doctor is it a cold?

My infant is five months has a dry cough for a week and has a runny stuffy nose no fever should I take him to doctor is it a cold?

Cough: it is always hard to know when to take your baby to the doctor. If he is eating, drinking, pooping, peeing and acting otherwise well and having no fever then I would say no. If he has any trouble breathing, the cough becomes worse, he gets a fever, he becomes lethargic, dehydrated or you are just too worried then get him seen. Worried Mommas are always right. ...Read more

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My daughter has a runny nose slight congested cough and is pooping but not a lot but her fever is normal.Do I need to take her through emergency?

My daughter has a runny nose slight congested cough and is pooping but not a lot but her fever is normal.Do I need to take her through emergency?

Nah: There is nothing here that makes me think she is emergency room material tonight. I do not however know her age. But even if she is less than one month of age, congestion and slight cough are no cause for alarm. Push fluids, and keep her comfortable. ER's are for listless children who do not perk up with motrin, short of breath babies who can't keep down fluids, for example. ...Read more

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Do i need to take my 3 week old to the hospital for a 99.8`F„ temperature if he is coughing and his chest sounds congested? And he has diarr

Do i need to take my 3 week old to the hospital for a 99.8`F„ temperature if he is coughing and his chest sounds congested? And he has diarr

Not ER but...: A temperature of 99.8 taken rectally in a 3 week old is normal, so that wouldn't be my concern; however, the symptoms of cough and chest congestion warrant a visit to see his pediatrician this morning! He is young and those symptoms could be indicative of RSV, flu, or other illnesses that should be evaluated. Could also be reflux. Babies can normally sound congested but not with a cough. See doc! ...Read more

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How would I know if my baby has strep throat if all I see is the stuffy nose?

How would I know if my baby has strep throat if all I see is the stuffy nose?

Have it tested: Babies do get strepa disease & it may be more nasal than throat & can be anal sores. The only way to verify is thru teating.A quick test that takes a few minutes is available in many primary care offices.If your baby had a known exposure & is showing symptoms a visit is worthwhile.You do have several days to treat before strep might trigger complications. No fever?No change in behavior? Doubt it. ...Read more

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My son was vomiting yesterday, today his throat is sore and has diarrhea that is green. Should I take him in to see a doctor or is it viral?

My son was vomiting yesterday, today his throat is sore and has diarrhea that is green. Should I take him in to see a doctor or is it viral?

Yes, and yes.: Yes, this could be viral. But yes, you should bring your son to a doctor, or at least consult with one of us formally, to be sure. ...Read more

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My 18 month old son has a leaky nose and cough for the last week. The nose liquid is clear and the cough seems to be dry. What can i do to help him?

My 18 month old son has a leaky nose and cough for the last week. The nose liquid is clear and the cough seems to be dry. What can i do to help him?

Cold symptoms : he may have upper respiratory infections. Keep him well hydrated to help his body to fight infection. give him honey & tea for symptomatic relief ( since he is > 1 year old). Sometimes sitting for a few minutes in a steamy bathroom after a shower can help thin out the mucous and soothe the throat. If there is any kind of distress especially respiratory or high fever or worsening symptoms t ...Read more

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Daughter had a mild fever for two days and now has a stuffy nose, what could it be she has? And what would be the best medication for stuffy nose?

Daughter had a mild fever for two days and now has a stuffy nose, what could it be she has? And what would be the best medication for stuffy nose?

Possible virus: As usual the symptoms are very non specific and could be due to a cold. If the fever surpasses 102 Fahrenheit or is present for more than 4 days I would suggest evaluation by your childs doctor. Medications for congestion depends on your childs age. It is usually not recommended to give over the counter cold meds to children less than 2 years,. For older kids any preparation with sudafed may be us ...Read more

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Hello my baby is 6 months and he start to have the flu is nose is runny he caugh and sneeze what should I do? Thanks

Hello my baby is 6 months and he start to have the flu is nose is runny he caugh and sneeze what should I do? Thanks

Sick baby: Children less than one year old are at high risk of dehydration with infection. If your baby has fever, change in feeding habits, is irritable or sleeping excessively or has vomiting would see the pediatrician immediately. If not would treat they symptomatically sucking out the nose with a bulb you can get at the pharmacy, and keep them comfy. If any of the above occur, go and have them seen. ...Read more

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My son Nathan has a mild cough and runny noise but no fever should I take him to the hospital or not?

My son Nathan has a mild cough and runny noise but no fever should I take him to the hospital or not?

Trust your instincts: It sounds like he has a cold. Unless he is having trouble breathing or a fever that doesn't respond to medication then you can use your judgement. If you think he really looks ill and you are worried then always trust your instincts. If he just has a mild cold then there is no reason to go to the ER. ...Read more

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Should i take him to the hospital? My son is 8 and has had a sinus infection for over a week.He is very congested and is wheezing and having trouble breathing.I just gave him his treatment.Should i wait a while and give him another treatment or take him r

Should i take him to the hospital? My son is 8 and has had a sinus infection for over a week.He is very congested and is wheezing and having trouble breathing.I just gave him his treatment.Should i wait a while and give him another treatment or take him r

I : I assume that since you are giving your son breathing treatments that he has asthma. Asthma attacks can have various triggers such as respiratory illnesses, allergies, pollution including cigarette smoke and perfume, very cold or hot air, and strenuous exercise. Giving albuterol whether through a nebulizer or inhaler is the first thing you should do for wheezing and respiratory distress. If the treatment is not working or if the child seems to need a treatment sooner than every 4 hours, this is a sign that they may need additional medications such as oral steroids and/or stronger albuterol treatments in an office or hospital setting. You should call your child's doctor and have him seen if it's during clinic hours or take him into the emergency room for evaluation. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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My daughter has a fever, cough, is losing her voice, sounds raspy, nd runny nose. What could this be? Should I take her to doctor or treat at home?

My daughter has a fever, cough, is losing her voice, sounds raspy, nd runny nose. What could this be? Should I take her to doctor or treat at home?

Depends: How old is your daughter? How long has she had a fever and how high? If your daughter is older than 3 months and fever has been less than 2 days and if pt is not in any distress then you can monitor at home for now. Based on the symptoms described this is most likely a viral URI causing laryngitis. If pt's fever > 101 and persisting for > 48 hrs and pt coughing a lot see the doctor soon ...Read more

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My 18 month old has a rash with runny nose. I have given him benadryl, (diphenhydramine) what could it be and should I take him to the doctor? He also has diarrhea.

My 18 month old has a rash with runny nose. I have given him benadryl, (diphenhydramine) what could it be and should I take him to the doctor? He also has diarrhea.

Viral infection?: Good morning, rash, runny nose, and diarrhea are usually caused by a viral infection at this age. Most of these infections are self-limited and should get better with adjusting food - fluids such as pedialyte. Watch for any sign of dehydration such as dry tongue and sick-look. If the child looks, it needs to be seen by a doctor. Rash usually does not require any treatment. ...Read more

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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace.In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier.A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level. ...Read more

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My daughter(age11) has had a stuffed nose for a week. She can breath through one nose hole but not the other. What should I do?

My daughter(age11) has had a stuffed nose for a week. She can breath through one nose hole but not the other. What should I do?

Saline nose drops: Use a cool mist humidifier.She can take a decongestant.She may have a deviated nasal septum so one side is more congested.try using dr Neil's irrigation for nasal congestion.it is available in all pharmacies.It can really help ...Read more

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My 3 week old baby has a congested nose and cough. His doctor only prescribed nasal drops but nothing for the cough. What can I give him?

My 3 week old baby has a congested nose and cough. His doctor only prescribed nasal drops but nothing for the cough. What can I give him?

Nasal wash: At 7 weeks the primary cause of congestion is the environment. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that may not bother you 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.Air particle filters can also help. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has a barking cough and is vomitting. Is this just a virus or should I take him to the peds tomorrow? No fever.

My 5 year old son has a barking cough and is vomitting.  Is this just a virus or should I take him to the peds tomorrow?  No fever.

Maybe croup: The characteristic cough of croup is barking of a dog or seal. It is often caused by parainfluenza viruses..Coughing can be quite bothersome and many children have post-tussive emesis (vomiiting from coughing). Try some cough syrup..Such as robitussin (guaifenesin). If not adequate, he may need to see doc for eval and treatment such as albuterol/steroid/ and stronger cough meds etc...Good luck. ...Read more

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My daughter has a wet cough and she doesn't have a fever or a runny nose and I gave her a breathing treatment but it didn't work what should I do?

My daughter has a wet cough and she doesn't have a fever or a runny nose and I gave her a breathing treatment but it didn't work what should I do?

Troubles breathing?: If she seems to be having troubles breathing and not just a wet cough, then I would see your MD. The cough most likely viral and will get better, but if in doubt, see MD. He or she can listen to her lungs to see that it has not gone down into her lungs. ...Read more

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Runny Nose (Definition)

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Wheezing (Definition)

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