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Toddler has cough /low grade fever. He's in great spirits but cough seems like it's getting worse. Is it normal for cough to get worse before better?

Toddler has cough /low grade fever. He's in great spirits but cough seems like it's getting worse. Is it normal for cough to get worse before better?

Cough: It is common for upper respiratory symptoms to get worst before better but if cough continuously gets worst, does not improve, has associated difficulty breathing, fever, not eating well, not sleeping well from cough then needs to seen by his/ her physician. ...Read more

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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What is the best fever and cough nedicine for a toddler?

What is the best fever and cough nedicine for a toddler?

No cough meds: There are NO GOOD cough medicines for toddlers. The studies very clearly show they don't work and have undesirable side effects. Try some honey in tea, warm showers and a humidifier. With regard to fever reducer, remember fever is just a symptom and doesn't usually "need" treatment. However, if the child is feeling bad because of the fever, then acetaminophen and ibuprofen work equally as well. ...Read more

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Toddler has congestion and cough, is it common for her to have a headache with this? No fever

Toddler has congestion and cough, is it common for her to have a headache with this? No fever

See Your Doctor Now: Upper respiratory infections are common in children; body aches & headache can occur however headache can be a sign of more serious illness or complications such as sinus infection, meningitis. & more. Be aware toddlers have limited communication skills & cues to worsening or severity of illness are easily missed. See your child's doctor now for correct diagnosis & prompt treatment. ...Read more

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Toddler has had mild cold and cough for past 3 days - no fever. Last night he got a fever 101.5 and is now coughing regularly. Should I be concerned?

Toddler has had mild cold and cough for past 3 days - no fever. Last night he got a fever 101.5 and is now coughing regularly. Should I be concerned?

Maybe: Many colds eventually trigger middle ear infections or other secondary infections. You may want to contact the kids doc before the weekend and discuss the symptom pattern for guidance. A visit may or may not be needed. ...Read more

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4yr old toddler fever, headache. No cough no mucus. After fever has calm down she plays and eats. She's had fever on and off for 3 days?

4yr old toddler fever, headache. No cough no mucus. After fever has calm down she plays and eats. She's had fever on and off for 3 days?

Might need to see dr: Keep track of the time that she has had fever and how high would it reach. A constant fever for 3 days need to be checked to find the source of infection. If is on and off is more difficult to assess. You say is playful and that's very good sign. ...Read more

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How do we treat cold and flu (cough) in a 2 year old toddler?

How do we treat cold and flu (cough) in a 2 year old toddler?

All natural: Steam up your bathroom with a hot shower and read a story. Your toddler breathing in warm steamy air will help with congestion. As she is over a year old, can also give a teaspoon of honey. The CDC and AAP do not recommend cold medicine for children under 4. http://www. Cdc. Gov/getsmart/community/for-patients/symptom-relief. Html ...Read more

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My child (4 years) has a fever every night for the last ten days. During the day he is quite active. He eats and drinks less and has a cough.?

My child (4 years) has a fever every night for the last ten days. During the day he is quite active. He eats and drinks less and has a cough.?

Mgt: He may have an infection of the respiratory tract. Has he been screened for TB? Is there a chest radiograph, complete blood count available for review. If this persists or worsens, please see your PCP. In the meantime, a virtual appointment can be scheduled to further detail. ...Read more

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Child had fever now has cough and nausea what is it?

Child had fever now has cough and nausea what is it?

Cough: This may be a viral upper respiratory infection. The nausea may be from swallowing mucus. I would want to make sure there isn't a more serious illness like pneumonia. It would be a good idea to see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My toddlers cough has progressed and sounds dry but no fever, is he sick?

My toddlers cough has progressed and sounds dry but no fever, is he sick?

Cough No Fever: Even without fever a dry cough that lasts more that a week should be evaluated. It could be due to post nasal drainage from a nasal allergy or narrowing of the breathing tubes similar to asthma. Toddlers are prone to to this problem with allergies or viral infections. See your pediatrician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Child with fever and cough. On antibiotics but looking like it's not effective, so maybe change medicine?

Child with fever and cough. On antibiotics but looking like it's not effective, so maybe change medicine?

Be patient: Most cough/fever in a kid is a cold or some other virus. Treating a cold with antibiotics will not heal it faster or fix a fever that is not caused by bacteria. If the kid was labeled as a bronchitis or some other infection, the antibiotics may or may not have been needed. Unless the kid is going down hill you should give it some time to self heal. ...Read more

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My child has had cough, congestion, no fever until today now has add fever and headache.

My child has had cough, congestion, no fever until today now has add fever and headache.

Influenza: Your child needs to be seen and examined by your family doctor or pediatrician. This may be influenza, but other diagnoses are possible. Needs to be checked out. ...Read more

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7 yr old child with cough and high grade fever. Took co amoxiclav for 10 days. Esr 37, tlc 8800, cxr normal. Cough not settling. Temp of 99f?

7 yr old child with cough and high grade fever. Took co amoxiclav for 10 days. Esr 37, tlc 8800, cxr normal. Cough not settling. Temp of 99f?

Wheezing?: Is he wheezing? Try xoponex mdi (available by prescription only). May be you are dealing with scute bronchitis (instead of infection)! sed rate just indicates 'inflammation' anywhere in body (may be chest?). And TLC not impressive. I think--- it's viral infection leading to acute bronchitis. See your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Child has strep been on antibiotics since yesterday, taken 2 doses. Should he still have a fever? Its 101.5 plus a mucousy cough. When will fever stop

Child has strep been on antibiotics since yesterday, taken 2 doses. Should he still have a fever? Its 101.5 plus a mucousy cough. When will fever stop

Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within 3-4 days if the appropriate antibiotic was prescribed, and they were taken as directed. Relapse or persistence of symptoms is generally regarded as a treatment failure or inaccuracy of the original diagnosis (i.e. viral not bacterial). Fever from Strep usually resolves in 2-3 days with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Child has strep and very mucusy cough that began after starting antibiotics, could this be pnuemonia? Still has fever after dose 3 of antibiotics

Child has strep and very mucusy cough that began after starting antibiotics, could this be pnuemonia? Still has fever after dose 3 of antibiotics

See doctor now: It is not clear that your child has strep pharyngitis or not? Was it confirmed by rapid strep screen? You said he had 3 doses or 3 kinds of antibiotics? Any way he is still running a fever. He needs to see the doctor ASAP. Maybe more blood tests or CXR need to done to make a correct diagnosis and followed by appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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