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What should you give a 4 year old for cough/runny nose for 3-4 weeks what should I do?

What should you give a 4 year old for cough/runny nose for 3-4 weeks what should I do?

See doctor.: If your child has had cough & runny nose nonstop for that long, it's time to see the doctor to see if there's a bacterial infection or allergies as the cause. ...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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4 year old with runny nose, cough at times complaning of neck pain specially when lukin down. Can it be just flu?

4 year old with runny nose, cough at times complaning of neck pain specially when lukin down. Can it be just flu?

Consult doctor: Your 4 years old may be having flu with cough and running nose,but neck pain when looking down may be muscular pain ,injury to neck or any infection causing pain . He needs to be examined by your doctor for flu or another infection ,to rule out meningitis . ...Read more

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4 year old boy has a fever, 38-38.8 only respond to Nurofen and for panadol (acetaminophen) fever not going down. He had cough/ runny nose for couple of days.

4 year old boy has a fever, 38-38.8 only respond to Nurofen and for panadol (acetaminophen) fever not going down. He had cough/ runny nose for couple of days.

See Your Doctor Now: Fever is an indicator of infection which can have numerous causes. Young children are particularly vulnerable to serious complications. Be aware that children have limited communication skills. Cues that identify significant illness can be missed, leading to delayed medical care. This can have disastrous consequences. See your doctor now for prompt, correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...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 4 year old lol is getting frequent respiratory infections with runny nose, cough and fever. Her BT shows Relative neutrophilia. please help.

My 4 year old lol is getting frequent respiratory infections with runny nose, cough and fever. Her BT shows Relative neutrophilia. please help.

Recurrent URI: If your child is attending daycare that is a very good reason for recurrent URI, her elevated neutrophil count is expected as a response to these infections, make sure she is up to date with her immunization & annual flu vaccine, give her vitamins daily & healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits & vegitables. IF this problem continues check back with her pediatrician. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has bad cough and runny nose?

My 4yr old has bad cough and runny nose?

Cold or flu likely: This time of year, we are seeing lots of influenza and RSV (a cold in most children, but can cause long lasting wheezing and pneumonia in others). If he is eating well, sleeps and looks well, and is not in distress, you can watch and treat symptomatically (extra fluids, sleep, humidifier). If not, see your dr promptly--and get a flu shot when he's better! ...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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4 yr old phlegmy cough, runny nose for 5 days. On day 6 low grade fever decreased appetite, then vomiting. Acts normal all day?

4 yr old phlegmy cough, runny nose for 5 days.  On day 6 low grade fever decreased appetite, then vomiting.  Acts normal all day?

Viral : Runny nose and phlegmy cough are irritating the back of his throat causing him to vomit out the mucus after a coughing spell and decreased his appetite. Need plenty of fluids , rest and give him a combination of decongestant , histamine/cough medicine eg pediacare , robitussin, (guaifenesin) brand. If no better or worsening condition, take your child to the doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best antihistamine to give a 4 year old with a runny nose?

What is the best antihistamine to give a 4 year old with a runny nose?

Variable: Kids are variable in their response to a particular med and no one product is the "gold" standard of efficiency. The speed of action, duration of effect and frequency of side effects also varies from one product to another.I like the non--sedating products like fexofenadine and loratadine, but for some benedryl is quicker and well tolerated.Trial and error helps decide for the individual kid. ...Read more

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4 year old in school, coughing, red spots on soft pallet roof of mouth, says mouth hurts, runny nose(spots are not blisters). Causes?

4 year old in school, coughing, red spots on soft pallet roof of mouth, says mouth hurts, runny nose(spots are not blisters). Causes?

Most likely viral: Could be hand foot and mouth disease (if there are bumps on foot and hands) - which is a virus, or can be cused by other visrues or if he has a sore throat it can be strep. ...Read more

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Four year old has had a runny nose and cough all week, now has fever. Was already on an antibiotic with a cough for two weeks prior.

Four year old has had a runny nose and cough all week, now has fever. Was already on an antibiotic with a cough for two weeks prior.

How high?: If the fever is under 102 , it is likely a viral infection . Another explanation would be that the antibiotic used for the prior infection is not the right one. ...Read more

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5 year old child has runny nose and cough for over 5 days. Should I give a cough suppressant or let it run its course? No fever and is acting fine.

5 year old child has runny nose and cough for over 5 days.  Should I give a cough suppressant or let it run its course? No fever and is acting fine.

Cough: If it is not interfering with daily activities or sleep, is better not to use cough suppressants. If the cough is bad, you can use a teaspoon of delsym (dextromethorphan) every 12 hours. ...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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How do you treat a post nasal drip chronic cough/ no runny nose in a 6 year old. Have been giving Claritin and Flonase for 3 months with no relief. ?

How do you treat a post nasal drip chronic cough/ no runny nose in a 6 year old. Have been giving Claritin and Flonase for 3 months with no relief. 

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Depends: ARe you sure the chronic cough is due to post nasal drip? It could be caused by asthma or reflux. Also you may not be using the Flonase properly, make sure it is pointed outward toward ear and use consistently on a daily basis. Claritin might not be strong enough antihistamine. Have child checked by pediatrician or allergist. ...Read more

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Four year old with a congested sounding cough runny nose and complains with ear ache any idea what it could be?

Four year old with a congested sounding cough runny nose and complains with ear ache any idea what it could be?

?middle ear infecton: Your 4 yr old definately has ahead cold. If the ear pain is not improving with offerring more fluids, upright positioning-see you pediatrician. The exam will reveal the answer! ...Read more

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A four year old with runny nose, high temp that is sporactic, bottom of throat hurts to talk or swallow. Deep cough.Raspy sounds breathing chest clear?

A four year old with runny nose, high temp that is sporactic, bottom of throat hurts to talk or swallow. Deep cough.Raspy sounds breathing chest clear?

Laryngo-tracheitis: Sounds like it started with a simple viral infection ( croup) but now has secondary bacterial infection ( usually staph). Antibiotics ( esp for staph and strept coverage) should 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


Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Runny Nose (Definition)

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