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Child is coughing forcefully, can, t stop, he is taking big gasps of air right before each cough?

Child is coughing  forcefully, can, t stop, he is taking big gasps of air right before each cough?

Needs immediate care: Your description of your child worries me. At that age, he may have inhaled a foreign body into his lungs, he could have an infection, an asthma attack - so many possibilities. Also, are immunizations up-to-date? Concerned about whooping cough (pertussis) with this history. This should not wait the weekend - he needs to be evaluated today! ...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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Child has strep been on antibiotics since yesterday, taken 2 doses. Should he still have a fever? Its 101.5 plus a mucousy cough. When will fever stop

Child has strep been on antibiotics since yesterday, taken 2 doses. Should he still have a fever? Its 101.5 plus a mucousy cough. When will fever stop

Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within 3-4 days if the appropriate antibiotic was prescribed, and they were taken as directed. Relapse or persistence of symptoms is generally regarded as a treatment failure or inaccuracy of the original diagnosis (i.e. viral not bacterial). Fever from Strep usually resolves in 2-3 days with antibiotics. ...Read more

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My son coughs in the morning but stops pass 9am or 10am. Then he will cough again at night around 12midnight or 2am but it won't last 5 minutes during?

My son coughs in the morning but stops pass 9am or 10am. Then he will cough again at night around 12midnight or 2am but it won't last 5 minutes during?

Could be reflux: You need to take him to a doctor and have him evaluated for reflux. There are many reasons for cough but the kind that gets triggered when lying down is often from gastroesophageal reflux disease. ...Read more

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My four year old has a dry (wont stop) kind of cough ... Is there something i can give her to give her (and us) some relief?

My four year old has a dry (wont stop) kind of cough ... Is there something i can give her to give her (and us) some relief?

Could be asthma: Cough medications are not a good idea in a young child. If the cough is persistent, worsens with running or is worse between 2 and 6 am, it could be asthma, particularly if there are allergies in the family. If the cough is persistent, see your doctor. Coughs sometimes respond to a steamy shower, try that until you figure it out. ...Read more

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I cough and tried to remove my plem but my Adam apple also hurts and when it totally hurted me I stop but the pain won't go away its been 3 days now?

I cough and tried to remove my plem but my Adam apple also hurts and when it totally hurted me I stop but the pain won't go away its been 3 days now?

Visit needed: When having severe throat pain, I always consider strep throat as a possible cause. You may want to go to a walk-in clinic and be seen by a nurse practitioner or a family physician if you're able to. They can make a rapid diagnosis and if you need antibiotics provide you with a new prescription. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure a childs cough?

What is a good way to cure a childs cough?

Identify trigger: A cough is a response of the lungs to clear mucus. There are many reasons for a child to cough including infections, inflammation after infections, asthma, acid reflux, allergies, just to name a few. To appropriately treat a cough requires knowing what is causing the cough. An allergist or pulmonologist can assist in identifying the reason for the cough so a specific treatment can be offered. ...Read more

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What may be causing my child's barking seal cough?

What may be causing my child's barking seal cough?

Viral croup: There are many viruses that will invade the upper airway of a kid 6m-8y and trigger an outpouring of mucous & cough that sounds like a seal barking. This is generally a 4-5 day illness with low grade temp but sometimes complicated by an ear infection.Some cases are quite dramatic, marked by late night scary events&trips to the er while daytime brings harsh voice.Have kid seen if signs are worrisom. ...Read more

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What can I do if my child have cough in night time?

What can I do if my child have cough in night time?

Cool mist humidifier: May be helpful, especially if in a dry climate. ...Read more

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