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What are causes of a continuous cough and runny nose in an infant?

What are causes of a continuous cough and runny nose in an infant?

Many: Continuous cough and runny nose in an infant should be discussed with your doctor. It might be as simple as recurrent colds this time of year, but it could signify a chronic condition (wheezing or acid reflux), or a more serious infection (whooping cough or bronchiolitis). Treatments vary based on the cause, so a careful exam should be done by your pediatrician. ...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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Irritability cough and a runny nose in an infant?

Irritability cough and a runny nose in an infant?

Depends on . . .: Babies ages 3-12 months can easily catch colds from other people. If there is just a runny nose, without much fussiness, without any high fever, without other worrisome symptoms, then parents can leave the nose alone. If the mucous is blocking the nose somewhat, try a few drops of saline, followed by gentle suctioning with a suction bulb. A doctor should examine younger or more symptomatic babies. ...Read more

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If I am breast feeding and have severe cough and runny nose does this affects my 3 week infant? I am also giving her formula bottle .

If I am breast feeding and have severe cough and runny nose does this affects my 3 week infant?  I am also giving her formula bottle .

Yes but: You may be contagious, but breast feeding is the best way to protect your baby from illness. Practice good handwashing, don't kiss your baby on the face, and keep breast feeding! hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Side effects of flu shot in infants? Also, would they be contagious? 6mo got flu shot on Friday and has had elevated temp no fever runny nose cough

Side effects of flu shot in infants? Also, would they be contagious? 6mo  got flu shot on Friday and has had elevated temp no fever runny nose cough

Unrelated: The child's symptoms are unrelated to the vaccine. It is possible the child came in contact with someone with a cold around that time. The flu vaccine is a dead virus vaccine, does not cause illness, nor is the patient who receives the vaccine contagious. ...Read more

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My 11!months baby has dry cough and runny nose?

My 11!months baby has dry cough and runny nose?

M.D. visit: Babies prefer to breath through their noses,and keeping the nasal passages open with nasal saline and gentle suction is recommended. If the cough worsens or persists a visit to your pediatrician to evaluate possible wheezing, pneumonia and other causes is suggested. ...Read more

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Dry cough and runny nose cause fever?

Dry cough and runny nose cause fever?

Not really: I would say that dry cough and runny nose can be associated with fever in the context of an infection (common cold), but cough and runny nose do not actually cause the fever. ...Read more

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Baby has a cough and runny nose now he has that rattle noise/ wet cough done humidifier, saline drops any suggestions?

Baby has a cough and runny nose now he has that rattle noise/ wet cough done humidifier, saline drops any suggestions?

Cough: In addition push fluids but not milk . Elevate the child' mattress when sleeping. Use a bulb syringe before using the nose drops. Use fever medicine if necessary. ...Read more

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Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Can. Allergies cause cough and runny nose producing different color mucus like green brown yellow?

Acute Sinusitis: Allergic rhinitis can cause increased nasal congestion, cough, runny nose that can lead to discolored sputum, facial pain/pressure, nasal blockage, fevers, and loss of taste/smell which are symptoms concerning for an acute sinus infection. Daily steroid nasal sprays and other allergy medications can help reduce or prevent these infections. See an Allergist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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3 ear infections in a row (over 2mths) for 2.5 & 3.5 year olds. Also had cold symptoms cough and runny nose. Started with swimming. Caused by it?

3 ear infections in a row (over 2mths) for 2.5 & 3.5 year olds. Also had cold symptoms cough and runny nose. Started with swimming. Caused by it?

Swimming usually ok: Swimming CAN cause EXTERNAL ear infections (probably not what they had). Likely the culprit was a viral syndrome (cold with cough & runny nose). Repeat infections are not uncommon. But also keep in mind that it can takes months for the fluid to resolve from behind the eardrum, which can cause continued hearing issues and discomfort, and is NOT a re-infection, but is often misdiagnosed as such. ...Read more

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My baby daughter is 2 mths old and developed irritating cough, she also had runny nose and it was a bit blocked. How can I help her. ?

My baby daughter is 2 mths old and developed irritating cough, she also had runny nose and it was a bit blocked. How can I help her. ?

See Your Doctor NOW: 2 mos old has "irritating cough". Babies at this age do catch colds however the distinction between a simple upper respiratory infection vs. more serious such as Pneumonia is difficult to make. Signs & symptoms are unreliable at this age & it is easy to miss cues of worsening condition. Also fever may or may not be present. See your baby's doctor NOW for correct diagnosis and prompt treatment. ...Read more

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My baby will be 6 months in 2 weeks. Her temperature is now 97.1°F. She has a cough and a runny nose. should she go to the ER?

My baby will be 6 months in 2 weeks. Her temperature is now 97.1°F. She has a cough and a runny nose. should she go to the ER?

More info needed: Thank you for your question! I would have her go to the ER if she is having trouble breathing (wheezing, noisy breathing). Most likely it is a common cold (antibiotics wouldn't help). Just use a humidifier in her room and watch her temp. If she develops a fever (defined as over 100.3 F, then she should go to the ER. I hope she feels better!!! ...Read more

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How can a differentiate a cold (cough, runny nose) and pinkeye in a 6mo from early measles symptoms? Baby doesn't have pinkeye anymore. I'm scared.

How can a differentiate a cold (cough, runny nose) and pinkeye in a 6mo from early measles symptoms? Baby doesn't have pinkeye anymore. I'm scared.

Measles: Yes measles is spreading but the cold/conjunctivitis is way more common than measles and likely just that. Be on the lookout for fever or new rashes. The pediatrician might or might not be able to see Kopliks spots in the inside of the mouth if possible measles. ...Read more

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What causes a horse voice &u lingering cough &u runny nose? What can I do for it with a 4yr old?

What causes a horse voice &u lingering cough &u runny nose? What can I do for it with a 4yr old?

Reflux/nodules/allrg: This pattern brings to mind cases where the child had mild reflux that increased with feeds before bedtime, producing night cough. Some made it onto the vocal cords causing nodules or swelling. Runny nose can be due to reflux irritation of the backside of the nasal passages. An ENT evaluation would help. Sometimes avoiding late feeds has helped. ...Read more

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Is it ok to give baby of 2 month old augment as per dr.Presc and she is with fever runny nose cough and mild crep .!

Is it ok to give baby of 2 month old augment as per dr.Presc and she is with fever runny nose cough and mild crep .!

Yes: Your pediatrician should have prescribed a weight appropriate dose of the antibiotic. If they didn't think your child needed it, they wouldn't be prescribing it. Drug resistant bacteria from inappropriately prescribed antibiotics is a real problem, a problem that they should be aware of. ...Read more

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When do you decide for your 16 month old baby to stay at home or to go to chreche? Is a runny nose and a cough good enough reason?

When do you decide for your 16 month old baby to stay at home or to go to chreche? Is a runny nose and a cough good enough reason?

Runny nose: If the child is not febrile and fussy then a cough and runny nose does not have to keep you in. Just make sure he/she is eating/ drinking appropriately and otherwise behaving normally. ...Read more

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After exposure to rsv, my 4yr/o developed rsv/cold. Sick about 6d, mostly cough/runny nose. No breathing probs. See dr or continue treating symptoms?

After exposure to rsv, my 4yr/o developed rsv/cold. Sick about 6d, mostly cough/runny nose. No breathing probs. See dr or continue treating symptoms?

Keep observing: If no fever or severe cough or breathing problems, then recommend treating the RSV as the typical cold virus it is for children this age. If kids are healthy then RSV is only generally dangerous for young infants and toddlers. Recommend saline spray for the nose and a vapor rub for the chest to help the symptoms. See your doctor for fever, worsening cough, or any new concerns. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 8mnths old baby has been ill 4 3wks know, shez got a cold runny nose n a bad cough, I have try everyfing but its still not going away, please help ?

My 8mnths old baby has been ill 4 3wks know, shez got a cold runny nose n a bad cough, I have try everyfing but its still not going away, please help ?

Cold and cough: Your baby needs to be evaluated by his pediatrician very soon. A bad cough can be a sign of pneumonia which needs to be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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My 2 months baby girl has a bad cough runny nose and she is fussy?

Cold: Probably your child has cold.But you should go to doctor , because you child only 2 m. Old, to r/o more seroius infections. ...Read more

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Baby 7 MS coughing and runny nose no fever eating well, cough is dry..Any suggestions?

Baby 7 MS coughing and runny nose no fever eating well, cough is dry..Any suggestions?

Cough: Your baby's cough is due to a post nasal drip. Use a bulb syringe to suck up the mucus. Rinse nostrils with salt water nose drops several times a day. Use the vaporizer especially when sleeping. Elevate the child' mattress and push fluids. ...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


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

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