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What can you give a four year old for a bad cough?

What can you give a four year old for a bad cough?

Meds: There are two brands of honey based cough med that I have seen. One is made by hylands. The other by zarbees. These are ok for a 4 year old. You can also try a vaporizer. You can prop him/her up on a pillow at night. Vicks is also ok to use. If the child has shortness of breath, severe cough, labored breathing, high fever etc. Then you better take him or her to the doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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What to do if my 4 year old has had a bad cough and now she's breaking out in hives?

What to do if my 4 year old has had a bad cough and now she's breaking out in hives?

Contact your doc: Hives is a sign of an acute allergic reaction, such as to an antibiotic, for example. If she is taking an antibiotic or medication for the cough, she may be allergic to it, and this needs to be treated immediately. There are many less serious causes of hives, but an acute reaction should be ruled out first. ...Read more

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Need help docs! my 4 year old has had a bad cough and now she's breaking out in hives?

Needs evaluation: Bad cough, breaking out in hives, you should take your 4 year old to have an examination by a physician. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can give my 3 year old for a bad cough as far as over-the-counter medicine?

Is there anything i can give my 3 year old for a bad cough as far as over-the-counter medicine?

No: Over the counter cough medications do not work in young children. Use a cool mist vaporizer. If worse see your child's doctor. ...Read more

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What can you give to help a one year old with a cold with a bad cough ?Shes 24 lbs .

Honey: The feeling today is to avoid alot of the medications that in the past were used in infants. Honey can be used to soothe the throat in babies over 6 months. If there is bronchospasm then it might help to use a bronchodilator such as albuteral. If the baby is having more distress then a sh0rt course of oral steroids may be indicated. ...Read more

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My 2 year old had a bad cough and a runny nose. What can I give him or do for him?

My 2 year old had a bad cough and a runny nose.  What can I give him or do for him?

Symptom relief: Keep an eye on his temperature and activity level. An active, playful, and energetic child is a reassuring sign. Encourage fluids. As much as possible, keep him away from others, as what he has is probably contagious. Honey can relieve coughs and soothe throats. Have him checked by his doctor to determine if he needs any kind of treatment, or just time for this illness to resolve. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son has a sore throat and bad cough. What should I do?

My 4 year old son has a sore throat and bad cough. What should I do?

Pediatrician: Call your pediatrician for an appointment. In the meantime keep them well hydrated and resting in bed. ...Read more

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4 year old daughter has had bad cough and runny nose for 9 days. Now she has white bump on tongue and says it hurts. Related?

4 year old daughter has had bad cough and runny nose for 9 days. Now she has white bump on tongue and says it hurts. Related?

Likely: She has had a lengthy illness and her body may be having trouble fighting it. It may be an ulcer on her tongue related to this illness or a new illness, particularly if she is in a child are environment. Have her checked by your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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My 1 year old is starting with a bad cough?

My 1 year old is starting with a bad cough?

Doctor can evaluate: A one year-old with a "bad cough" should be seen by his primary care doctor. Common colds usually cause a mild cough, not a "bad cough". A bad cough can be bronchiolitis (due to RSV virus), asthma symptoms, croup (due to viral infection of the voicebox area), bronchitis (due to bacterial or viral infection), pneumonia, or an accidentally swallowed toy or object. A doctor can start treatment. ...Read more

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