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Why Wont My Child Stop Coughing
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anything to do for a 3-1/2-year-old child who can not stop coughing (only 2-second pauses in between)? It is a wet cough accompanied with a fever.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things: Sinusitis, allergy, asthma, exposure to smoke, heartburn, and whooping cough are common causes as dr belilovsky mentioned. Also consider a cough tic, particularly if not at night. Consider chest and sinuses xrys to ru;le out hidden infection. And of course see your pedatrician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cough Meds: Cough and cold meds are not safe if you child is under 4 years old. So for that age group you are stuck with warm drinks, a sucking candy, and maybe honey. For the older child, there are many choices of over the counter cough and cold medicines that you can try but don't count on any real effect except that most kids get tired from the medicine, so i would only suggest taking it at night. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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