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What can I do my 7 month old has a cough and fever?

What can I do my 7 month old has a cough and fever?

Fluids/monitor: Your 7mo is due for 5-7 uri's/yr to age 5 & most can be monitored at home. Playful times/fluid intake enough to wet diapers every 6hr/breathing not too noticable all suggest home care ok. Lack of play/noticable incresaed work to breathe/poor fluid intake all suggest a dr visit in order. Nasal saline helps keep the nose clear & tylenol (acetaminophen) as a comfort med may help. ...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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Would you recommend any vapor products (vapor rub, plugs, bath, etc) for a 7 month old w a bad cold? My son has a low fever, cough, stuffy/runny nose

Would you recommend any vapor products (vapor rub, plugs, bath, etc) for a 7 month old w a bad cold? My son has a low fever, cough, stuffy/runny nose

Nacl drops: Nacl - small tubes for inhalation can be purchased at pharmacy use 1 drop to each nostril this will clear nose use neosporin to nostrils with q tip once or twice a day. ...Read more

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My almost 7 month old little boy has been breathing heavily with wet cough, runny nose, and fever. Could the breathing be a sign of rsv?

My almost 7 month old little boy has been breathing heavily with wet cough, runny nose, and fever. Could the breathing be a sign of rsv?

RSV: Respiratory syncytial virus is most often seen from dec to mar but can be seen at any time. More often in premature and the very young <12 weeks old. Can be associated with day care. Most symptoms are fever, runny nose, cough, wheezing trouble breathing and loss of appetite. Any young infant with fever should be evaluated. It could just be a cold but an examination would be best to check. ...Read more

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My 7 month old grandson has a fever of 101.8 also runny nose and cough. Should we call the dr. Or give tylenol (acetaminophen) or wait.

My 7 month old grandson has a fever of 101.8 also runny nose and cough. Should we call the dr. Or give tylenol (acetaminophen) or wait.

How does he look?: If he is alert, is willing to drink some fluids, wants to cuddle with you and have you read to him that favorite book, he does not need a doctor tonight. Fever is not a disease that needs treatment - it is just one of many symptoms that something is going on. At his age, likely a virus, but if he is not acting right or fever persists, then call your doc tomorrow for further advice. Drink lots! ...Read more

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My 7mo old tested positive for flu and is on tamiflu (oseltamivir). She only has a runny nose, fever and slight cough. Will her symptoms get worse?

My 7mo old tested positive for flu and is on tamiflu (oseltamivir). She only has a runny nose, fever and slight cough. Will her symptoms get worse?

They could...: Symptoms usually peak on day 3-4, and the cough can worsen and hang around for weeks. This may be decreased by the tamiflu (oseltamivir). However, being so young she is at a significant increase risk for serious disease that could make her quite ill. Please everyone, get your flu shots today! ...Read more

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7 mo old runny nose cough no Fever Drainage out of ear looks like wax, no odor. Might be teething. Mildly fussy sleeping normal ear infection or no?

7 mo old runny nose cough no Fever Drainage out of ear looks like wax, no odor. Might be teething. Mildly fussy sleeping normal ear infection or no?

Cold: Symptoms as you described will make a baby fussy as they do not like nasal congestion. It does not sound like your baby has an ear infection. Just observe for now and offer comfort as you can. A cold should resolve in a few days and until it does expect a crabby baby. ...Read more

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7 month old baby is teething and is coughing but no fever but throws up milk even tried orange flavored pedialyte gag on is there anything else.?

7 month old baby is teething and is coughing but no fever but throws up milk even tried orange flavored pedialyte gag on is there anything else.?

Call pediatrician: Some babys cannot expectorate phlegm and vomiting is how they clear mucous; however, I siggest a pediatric evaluation. ...Read more

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My 7 month old girl has been running a fever, green runny nose, coughing up mucus, extra cranky & not sleeping well. Teething or somethmelse?

My 7 month old girl has been running a fever, green runny nose, coughing up mucus, extra cranky & not sleeping well. Teething or somethmelse?

Something Else: While teething may cause a low grade fever and crankiness, it does not cause a green runny nose and coughing up mucus. I would bring your baby to their pediatrician asap, this is not teething. ...Read more

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My niece has scarlett fever I have a 7 month old. Is it dangerous to have the baby around my neice or people that have been in contact with my niece?

My niece has scarlett fever I have a 7 month old. Is it dangerous to have the baby around my neice or people that have been in contact with my niece?

Not so much: If you have the label then the kid has been diagnosed & should be on treatment. Unless the kid had close contact with the 7mo it would be hard for it to get the Strep A infection that causes it. Contact during the early symptom phaze or 1st 24 hrs on meds would be the vulnerable period. If so the baby would get the rash too. Contact with saliva would be the mode of transfer, not from being nearby. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get high fever after shots for a 7 month old?

Is it normal to get high fever after shots for a 7 month old?

No: A "high fever" is not normal after any of the usual vaccinations for any child, so a parent should consider contacting the doctor for advice. ...Read more

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My 7 month old has has diahrrea x 3 days, no fever, slightly more lathargic than usual, eats ok now, what should I do?

My 7 month old has has diahrrea x 3 days, no fever, slightly more lathargic than usual, eats ok now, what should I do?

Continue formula: As long as the baby is taking in enough fluids that the diaper gets wet every few hours, you can handle most diarrhea with patience. If he refuses to drink, develops fever, vomits frequently, or keeps crying, you need to take him to see the doctor the same day. A baby under a year old should still be having formula or breast milk, so don't replace those exclusively with pedialyte, or similar. ...Read more

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My almost 7 month old has had on going fevers for three days the highest one was 102.2. Is it ok to take her outside for fresh air. Well that help?

Possible roseola: If you would like to take your child outside, I get the impression that she is playful despite the high fever. She may be incubating roseola, where kids run a fever for three days and then break out in a rash after the fever breaks. When you go out keep her away from other children. ...Read more

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What is the correct dose of Fapanil 250 for 1 year 7 month old baby having fever. We gave 5ml of fapanil 250 every 4.5 hours. Is it ok.

What is the correct dose of Fapanil 250 for 1 year 7 month old baby having fever. We gave 5ml of fapanil 250 every 4.5 hours. Is it ok.

Need weight: I need to know the weight of your baby and not the age to calculate the correct dose of the medication. 250mg seems like a bit high of a dose for a 19month old toddler. Please resubmit question with a weight attached next time. Also, fever does not absolutely need to be "treated" - if child is happy and taking fluids well, just let fever be - it helps fight off infections. ...Read more

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So after 4 days of fever my 7 month old daughter has roseola. What should I do? How long does this last?

So after 4 days of fever my 7 month old daughter has roseola. What should I do? How long does this last?

You are over worst: Once the rash appears, the worst of the illness is already over and done with. As you saw, baby usually has pretty high fever for a few days, then the fever breaks and the rash appears. Now is no longer contagious, and nothing you need to do anymore. The rash will fade on its own in a couple of days. One childhood illness down -? Many to go! ...Read more

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My 7 month old baby has fever. She wants to be held always and is refusing to be put down. Is that normal? She also is crying mostly. She takes her feed.

My 7 month old baby has fever. She wants to be held always and is refusing to be put down. Is that normal? She also is crying mostly. She takes her feed.

Shd be seen: 7 month old baby who is crying all the time shd be seen by a doctor to ascertain the source of infection. Particular attention be paid to presence of ear infection and urinary tract infection. U can use paracetamol (acetaminophen) to make her comfortable but see a doctor as soon as possible. Avoid giving the medicine for 3-4 hours before u see the doctor so as not to mask the infection. ...Read more

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My 7 month old is running a 100.9 fever should I take him to the doc?

My 7 month old is running a 100.9 fever should I take him to the doc?

Maybe: Infants greater than 2 months that have a temperature of 101 deg. F should be kept well hydrated with breast milk, formula or oral rehydration fluids (like pedialyte) and given tylenol (acetaminophen) in the does of 15mg/kg every 4hours. If your child is not feeling better in 24 hrs, they should be evaluated by a medical provider. If your child shows signs of worsening illness, seek help faster! ...Read more

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Why would my 7 month old get a fever of 103.0? He has hydocephalus and is teething his shunt was put in 2 months ago.

Why would my 7 month old get a fever of 103.0? He has hydocephalus and is teething his shunt was put in 2 months ago.

Teething: Teething and the symptoms attributed to it are a common concern for parents. Lots of studies have looked at this and shown the most common symptoms of teething to be:
-increased biting
-drooling
-gum-rubbing
-sucking
-irritability
-wakefulness
-ear rubbing
-facial rash
-decreased appetite for solid foods
-slightly elevated temperature (but still under 100.4f orally)

any temperature over 100.4f orally is more likely to be caused by illness, not teething.

Since your child has a shunt, it is important that you call your child's doctor with any fever because a shunt infection is an emergency. ...Read more

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My son is 7 month old and has very disturbing sleep. Wakes up with crying few times during night. No fever. What it can be?

My son is 7 month old and has very disturbing sleep. Wakes up with crying few times during night. No fever. What it can be?

7mo. With abd pain: Several possibilities. Any change in diet? Was he breast fed and recently switched to cows milk formula or other formula? This could be formula or milk sensitivity causing allergy or irritation. If you are breast feeding then check your diet, as it effects breast milk. ...Read more

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My 7 month old son has a temperature of 36.8 C taken from his armpit. He seems pretty fussy. Does he have a fever? Thanks

My 7 month old son has a temperature of 36.8 C taken from his armpit. He seems pretty fussy. Does he have a fever? Thanks

No, this is not: A fever. Is he sick in any way? Does he have a cold? Is he teething? Those could all be some reasons for his fussiness. Is he eating and drinking? If he remains fussy, even without a fever, I would recommend that you have him seen by his doctor. ...Read more

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My 7 month old is on amoxicillin. He has a slight fever, can I give him tylenol (acetaminophen)?

My 7 month old is on amoxicillin. He has a slight fever, can I give him tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Why and how long: You do not mention why your child is on amox or for how long. Or what is a slight fever.
Kids on antibiotics for a bacterial infection usually break their fever within 72 hours. ...Read more

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7 month old son that's teething no fever cannot seems to keep stuff down even tried pedialyte orange flavor what else can I do!

7 month old son that's teething no fever cannot seems to keep stuff down even tried pedialyte orange flavor what else can I do!

Viral?: It is possible that he picked up a virus. Give 1 ounce every hour of clear pedialyte or other clear fluid for 24 hours. Don't force foods today. Eliminate milk and milk products also. Make today about keeping him hydrated. Use ibuprofen for the teething, it lasts 8-12 hours and has anti inflammatory properties as well as pain relief. ...Read more

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What would the pertussis symptoms be in a vaccinated 7 month old be? My son is teething and has a slight cold, no fever but had been exposed to famili

What would the pertussis symptoms be in a vaccinated 7 month old be? My son is teething and has a slight cold, no fever but had been exposed to famili

Cough: Pertussis is "whooping cough". A disease caused by infection w bordetella pertussis and the symptom that stands out is the intense paroxysm of cough followed by a inspiratory whoop. If your son was vaccinated he may have a milder case that will sound more like croup. It is probably a good idea to see ur peds doc. If your son is not vaccinated call your peds asap and get him examined + tested. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my 7 month old daughter got her first dose of pneumoccocal vaccine (prevnar) 2 days back and still has fever.?

No: A few days of fever is normal after Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine. If you have a measurable temperature of 100.0 f or more after 3 days, then there might be another problem and I would see the doctor. ...Read more

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My 7 month old is congested in the chest. He's been having fevers for 2 days straight on and off. But not congested in the nose? What can I do?

My 7 month old is congested in the chest. He's been having fevers for 2 days straight on and off. But not congested in the nose? What can I do?

Pediatrician: I would suggest you use a humidifier overnight and make an appointment with the pediatrician in the morning (due to the fever for 2 days) just to make sure there isn't a bacterial component of the illness. If he has any increased work of breathing/difficulty breathing then seek treatment at ER immediately. ...Read more

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My 2 year 7 month old son is shaking but can still talk. His temperature is 38degrees. I just gave him some paracetamol & Empaped. Could it be fever?

My 2 year 7 month old son is shaking but can still talk. His temperature is 38degrees. I just gave him some paracetamol & Empaped. Could it be fever?

Shaking: If he is shaking for an extended period without responding to you, bring to Emergency Room to check out. IT appears to be a fever that he is losing heat from his body. Continue your temp control and observe for other symptoms or worsening, then bring into reg MD/ER if this occurs. Welcome to health tap, Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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My baby is 7 month old. She has a high fever of 103. If its a UTI can I give her cranberry juice?

My baby is 7 month old. She has a high fever of 103. If its a UTI can I give her cranberry juice?

Probably not enough: A baby with 103 degree fever should not be treated at home. There are too many variables to consider for this to be safe. The most important feature, with the help of a medical professional, is to ascertain exactly what is the source for your baby's fever. Often this requires testing of blood & urine, and possibly even x-rays. Cranberry juice while famous for treating adult utis is not recommended. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

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