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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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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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2yr old has a cough for 4 weeks day and night.Eats/plays normal. No fever,or runny nose, no wheezing.Throat irritated from cough.Allergies?Doc visit?

2yr old has a cough for 4 weeks day and night.Eats/plays normal. No fever,or runny nose, no wheezing.Throat irritated from cough.Allergies?Doc visit?

This could be: allergies, but I would recommend a visit to her doctor. With a cough for 4 weeks, she should be examined, so that the proper diagnosis can be made and proper treatment ordered if needed. ...Read more

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11 month old has watery eye & one-sided runny nose, on the right side. Thought it was cold, but why would it only be on one side? Call doc? No fever.

11 month old has watery eye & one-sided runny nose, on the right side. Thought it was cold, but why would it only be on one side?  Call doc? No fever.

Rhinitis: Asymmetric runny nose may be simply due to allergy or virus with swelling more on one side. Gentle saline and suction may help. However, persistent symptoms only on one side should be evaluated for foreign body, congenital cysts or tumors and choanal atresia. See an otolaryngologist with any persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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My baby is 6 months old and has been coughing all wheezing and has runny nose I have been using the nebulizer but is there anything i can give him?

My baby is 6 months old and has been coughing all wheezing  and has runny nose I have been using the nebulizer but is there anything i can give him?

Few options: Although most cold preparations are not approved, a runny nose in a healthy, full term 6 month old could be managed with Cetirizine (zyrtec) or Diphenhydramine (benadryl). Given the wheezing and history of nebulized treatments, i would consult with the prescribing md for any additions. Also, suction the baby's nose immediately following neb treatments. The steam usually loosens secretions. ...Read more

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9mo baby has runny nose, fever, irritable/fussy with a wheezing type cough.Is this just a cold or should I be concerned. Also has been diag.W/ reflux?

Fever & cough: You baby's symptoms may just be a cold but the fact that he has acid reflux and is also irritable, fussy and wheezing makes me more concerned. Please have him checked by the pediatrician today to rule out any bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Coughing runny nose wheeZing trouble breathing what's wrong with me?

Coughing runny nose wheeZing trouble breathing what's wrong with me?

Virus/asthma: Your symptoms sound like a virus which is affecting your chest. If you are having trouble breathing, go to the ER for assessment and treatment. This may be an asthma flare up or a first episode of wheezing. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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My 20 month old has a cold with a runny nose, coughing and wheezes when he breathes. Is there anything he can take for the coughing?

My 20 month old has a cold with a runny nose, coughing and wheezes when he breathes. Is there anything he can take for the coughing?

Wheezing: The cough may be related to the wheezing you hear. The usual over the counter cough and cold medicines do not usually help wheezing. The best thing is to see the pediatrician for the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. It occurs when air flows through ...Read more


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

Mucus fluid from the nose, usually caused by ...Read more