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Please tell me what can I do for my baby for his dry cough?

Please tell me what can I do for my baby for his dry cough?

Acute cough in Peds: How old is your baby? Has your child received all of his vaccinations such as whooping cough and haemophilus influenzae? Does your child have fever or is he working hard to breathe, w/chest retractions or wheezing? If so, take him to be seen immediately. If your baby looks well, the peak season for infective cough is Jan-Mar. 90% acute cough viral/pediatrics, but asthma, etc. possible see peds md ...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 can I do for my baby's fever?

What can I do for my baby's fever?

Don't worry: Fever itself is harmless, but it can make a baby feel poorly. Treat it safely with the correct dose of Acetaminophen (past 3 months) or Ibuprofen (past 6 months). For babies less than three months, contact your pediatrician before treating. If your child has a fever and is acting ill even after fever medicine, see the doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do for my baby's eczema?

What can I do for my baby's eczema?

Emollients: A combination of liberal emollient use and antihistamines to control itching may be sufficient for mild eczema. Good emollients include plain vasoline, aquaphor, cerave, eucerin, or cetaphil. Antihistamines such as non-sedating zyrtec, claritin, or Allegra can help itching, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Atarax at night can help. For moderate to severe eczema, prescription steroid ointments may be necessary. ...Read more

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What can I do to let my one year baby sleep early?

What can I do to let my one year baby sleep early?

Sleep deprivation: Most babies sleep a consistent number of hours per day. It's a matter of when they sleep. If you'd like your baby to fall asleep earlier in the evening, keep him/her awake for a longer time during the day, perhaps skipping an afternoon nap. This should tire out the baby so he/she falls asleep more easily that night. Once you've 'reset' his/her internal clock this way, it usually stays on schedule. ...Read more

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What do I need to have in my baby's nursery?

What do I need to have in my baby's nursery?

Keep it simple: I usually tell new parents to try and keep the nursery environment simple. A crib, a changing table, some clothing shelves and perhaps a comfortable chair. ...Read more

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What can I do for to control bronchitis in my child?

What can I do for  to control bronchitis in my child?

For control see dr.: Acute bronchitis usually occurs in association with viral respiratory tract infection.Chronic bronchitis is recurring inflammation and degeneration of the bronchial tubes that may be associated with active infection.Chronic bronchitis often associated with asthma, cystic fibrosis, dyskinetic cilia syndrome, foreign body aspiration, or exposure to an airway irritant. See pediatric pulmonologist. ...Read more

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My grandson has abad cough what do I need to do.?

My grandson has abad cough what do I need to do.?

More Info needed: Is your grandson an infant, child, teenager, or an adults. What other symptoms does he have? Is there a history of asthma? How is his breathing? If he is an infant and you feel nervous about it, consider taking him to an urgent care for immediate check by a physician. ...Read more

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What should I do for my baby's ear care?

What should I do for my baby's ear care?

Baby's ear care: I assume that the mom is asking about how to clean baby's ear canals. I do not recommend the use of qtips to clean the baby's ear canals because of potential harm. However cleaning the baby's ear lobes and the opening of the ear canals shoild be sufficient. ...Read more

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My 10 week old is always stuffy. What can I do to help him?

My 10 week old is always stuffy. What can I do to help him?

Infant stuffy nose: Stuffy nose in infants is very common. If he is able to nurse then there is nothing to worry about. You can always use Normal Saline drops and a nasal bulb to clean out his nostrils. As he grows, his nose will get larger and the stuffiness will go away. ...Read more

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What can I do for my 8-month-old baby when he getts the flu and a cough?

What can I do for my 8-month-old baby when he getts the flu and a cough?

Illness in infant: Nasal congestion and coughing in an infant is usually associated with an upper respiratory infection. Most are viral and cannot be cured, bacterial forms in this age group can be very dangerous. Nasal saline drops to the nose can help with congestion (too young for any medication) while you are preparing for your doctor visit. Tamiflu is indicated for flu positive infants 2 weeks and older. ...Read more

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Starting to get a cold, I'm exclusively breastfeeding my 1 month old baby what can I take for this cold and what To do so my baby doesn't get sick?

Starting to get a cold, I'm exclusively breastfeeding my 1 month old baby what can I take for this cold and what
To do so my baby doesn't get sick?

Colds+breastfeeding: Avoid taking decongestants such as pseudoephedrine (the D component in combo antihistamine-decongestant) as that will decrease breast milk production. Antihistamines such as zyrtec, allegra or claritin are fine. Your body is creating antibodies against the cold which will be excreted into the breastmilk. Your baby may end up with a cold but no need to stop breastfeeding. ...Read more

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What do I do after i breastfeed my baby? What baby has to do and how?

What do I do after i breastfeed my baby? What baby has to do and how?

Nourish & nurture : To promote your baby's development, learn her cues for hunger, satiety, fatigue, & discomfort, talk, play while she's on her tummy on the floor, read; no tv till age 2. Have a consistent bedtime & routine, wipe out her mouth before putting her on her back in her own crib, drowsy but awake, to self-calm to fall asleep.Personalize the aap's healthy child app or on www.Aap.Org for more. ...Read more

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What's the best thing I can do for my 21 month old for his runny nose and cough that won't go away?

What's the best thing I can do for my 21 month old for his runny nose and cough that won't go away?

URI: A plain uncomplicated cold may last up to 7 to 10 days, the mucus changes from clear to cloudy and you may have a productive cough. Make sure you run a humidifier and suction the nose out with saline drops. If your child seems to be in any way worsening, has difficulty breathing and has cha ge in behavior and activity, is not eating or drinking and has a protracted fever, see your child's doc asap. ...Read more

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What can I do for my baby to not become a cry baby?

What can I do for my baby to not become a cry baby?

Accept and nurture: Babies cry to get basic needs met early & later cry in tantrums & responding to negative events.Nurturing does not create a cry baby.The kid who stubs his toe will cry loud & briefly, settle & return to play. The parent who tells him to stop crying invalidates his decision that it hurt & degrades his self worth.Try to strike a balance accepting the valid cry & rejecting the self indulgent whining. ...Read more

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I have a runny nose. Can u tell me what medicine can I use for it. Also, my baby he is 21 months has the cold like me. What can I do for him?

I have a runny nose. Can u tell me what medicine can I use for it. Also, my baby he is 21 months has the cold like me. What can I do for him?

Several options: The easiest way to treat the symptom of runny nose is over the counter antihistamines (like Allegra (fexofenadine) or zyrtec). For your 21-month old, i would not use these medications (not approved for those less than age 2)--i would recommend having your baby see his pediatrician. ...Read more

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What can I do for my child's eczema?

What can I do for my child's eczema?

Multifaceted: Proper treatment for eczema should start with identifying any possible triggers for worsening. A proper skincare regimen starting with a topical emollient is of utmost importance. Then depending on severity, medications such as topical steroids or other prescription products are available. talk with your pediatrician about tips to limit eczema flare ups (bath time, light towel drying, etc) ...Read more

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What care should I take after delivery..........Doctor is saying to operate me now i want to get sugesstions and important tips for my and my child ca?

What care should I take after delivery..........Doctor is saying to operate me now i want to get sugesstions and important tips for my and my child ca?

Watch teaching video: At the hospital, there will be several teaching videos for new moms. The nurses are helpful, too. Entire books are written on this subject. Regarding the baby, don't pass the baby around to visitors until the baby is 2 months old (to avoid baby infections). Select only a couple of main helpers, such as grandparents. Try to get all adult and child contacts are vaccinated before the baby is born. ...Read more

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How do I care for my teething baby?

How do I care for my teething baby?

Pain control: Good pain control really. The mainstay for significant discomfort is tylenol (acetaminophen) for kids under 6 months and tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for kids over 6 months. Topical meds work ok as well, such as orajel and can be applied as needed. ...Read more

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I need to know why do they discharge my son all the time I take him to the hospital for croup I tries everything for croup but dosent work please hel?

I need to know why do they discharge  my son all the time I take him to the hospital for croup I tries everything for croup but dosent work please hel?

What is croup: Not sure what is happening from your description, but i can share with you that croup is a cold that has caused enough swelling right at the vocal cords to interfere with air flowing past the vocal cords. If the narrowing is bad enough, emergency treatments are needed to protect breathing. Not sure your child has croup or what was done, but this is some general information. ...Read more

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