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My two year old baby has s really bad cough should I take her to the clinic or OTC medicine?

My two year old baby has s really bad cough should I take her to the clinic or OTC medicine?

No to OTC Cough Meds: Otc cough medicine is no longer recommended for toddlers/children; it tends to do more harm than good. It is best to pay a visit to your pediatrician/family physician in clinic. ...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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2 year old has a really bad cough, wheezing, fever on n off, runny nose, n vomits sometimes. Inhaler helps breathing but cough very bad please help..

2 year old has a really bad cough, wheezing, fever on n off, runny nose, n vomits sometimes. Inhaler helps breathing but cough very bad please help..

See doctor!: Your child must be seen right away by a doctor before the difficulty breathing gets worse. The cough and wheezing may be evidence of severe asthma, which can be life-threatening if untreated! ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to give a 2 year old cetirizine hydrochloride syrup 1 ml for cough?

Is it possible for you to give a 2 year old cetirizine hydrochloride syrup 1 ml for cough?

Check with doc: Cetirizine is good as an allergy medicine for control over a period of time. It's not meant as an acute treatment. If your child suddenly has cough, you should have him examined to make sure the issue is viral vs. Asthma or other etiology. A 2 year old can take cetirizine, but it's off-label, and should be guided by a physician. ...Read more

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About 1 week ago my 2yr old had a fever for 3 days. Now she has a really bad cough with flem + a runny nose. It seems to be getting worse not better!

About 1 week ago my 2yr old had a fever for 3 days. Now she has a really bad cough with flem + a runny nose. It seems to be getting worse not better!

Common: The virus is spreading down to the airways. She might have a viral pneumonia and chest x-ray would be warranted. Visit your physician for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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My15 month has a bad cough with congestion would u think better to give him bromfed or Zyrtec (cetirizine)?

My15 month has a bad cough with congestion would u think better to give him bromfed or Zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Neither.: With little kids, I like to keep it simple. You'll likely get just as much benefit from a nasal saline mist than you would from any medications, and why medicate your kid when you really don't need to, right? ...Read more

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Can I taken Zyrtec (cetirizine) and NyQuil? I have a bad cough and runny nose.

Can I taken Zyrtec (cetirizine) and NyQuil? I have a bad cough and runny nose.

Yes, But: It's OK for a short while - if symptoms get worse or persist for over 7-10 days, you may have something more than a cold or the flu. If those happen, see you physician to have it checked out. ...Read more

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My allergies is keeping me stuffed up with a bad cough my doc gave me astelin nose spray and I take zyrtec (cetirizine) my chest has never been this bad.

It's tree season: Welcome to a bad tree allergy season! Consider seeing a board certified allergist for appropriate evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has hada bad cough for like 4 days, we took her to the doctor and they said they couldn't give her anything. How can I help her sleep?

My 2 year old has hada bad cough for like 4 days, we took her to the doctor and they said they couldn't give her anything. How can I help her sleep?

Cough relief: Steam her in the washroom by turning on the hot shower for20-30 minutes. Afterwards let the vaporizer run where she sleeps. Elevate her mattress by means of a wedge. If her nose is running use saline nose drops. Finally rub vapo rub on her chest. ...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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My 8 year old son has a really bad cough I have been giving him Mucinex (guaifenesin) cough but it does not seem to be helping.

My 8 year old son has a really bad cough I have been giving him Mucinex (guaifenesin) cough but it does not seem to be helping.

Cough: Try delsym (dextromethorphan) cough syrup over the counter it is great. If this does not work? You can check with your pediatrician. He or she can decide whether your child needs Codeine or something else. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child is 13 years old she has always had post nasal drip. It really bothers her and she constantly gets a really bad cough can this be cured?

What do you suggest if my child is 13 years old she has always had post nasal drip. It really bothers her and she constantly gets a really bad cough can this be cured?

PMD: If the cough is due to post nasal drip it may be related to allergies. Allergy testing can determine what she is allergic to and then she can be treated with medications like antihistamines and nasal steroids/nasal antihistamines. Over the counter nasal saline is also helpful. Other causes of cough in child include infection, GERD (reflux), or asthma. It is important to see a doctor to find out why ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a really bad cough for a day or two after getting back into running after 2 years?

Is it normal to have a really bad cough for a day or two after getting back into running after 2 years?

Bronchospasm?: This could possibly be exercise-induced asthma. In your case, the bronchospasm is being manifested by a cough. If this is the case, the treatment is to take a bronchodilator inhaler prior to exercise and have it available for use post-exercise. This should prevent the cough. So, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What's a good cough medicine for my 4 year old? She has bad allergies but the zyrtec (cetirizine) isn't helping. She also ran a low fever.

What's a good cough medicine for my 4 year old? She has bad allergies but the zyrtec (cetirizine) isn't helping. She also ran a low fever.

Her cough: Is more than likely from her postnatal drainage. If she does have a stuffy nose and chest congestion (noisy breathing, wet cough or a rattle in her chest), you can give her Mucinex (guaifenesin) 1/2 teaspoon twice daily for 2-3 days and see if it helps. Take her in, if her condition gets worst, start wheezing, fever going up and not eating or drinking or if you are concerned! ...Read more

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2yo slight elevated temp x1wk 99.5-100.1 acts normal Has cough runny nose Taking zyrtec (cetirizine) per ENT F/u 10/7 w/ poss ton/adn removed Call pcp, ENT or wait?

2yo slight elevated temp x1wk 99.5-100.1 acts normal Has cough runny nose Taking zyrtec (cetirizine) per ENT F/u 10/7 w/ poss ton/adn removed Call pcp, ENT or wait?

Monitor: At those levels it is not likely a real treatable condition is involved. As long as baby is taking fluids well I would monitor the situation at home. If fluid intake drops ant temp goes up, consider a visit during regular office hours. ...Read more

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Can I give my 3 1/2 year old Zyrtec 2 hrs after giving him hylands cold and mucus?

Can I give my 3 1/2 year old Zyrtec 2 hrs after giving him hylands cold and mucus?

Meds in combination: With Medication combinations, you need to ensure that you are not using the same type of medications together. Try always to know OTC medications and what they contain. Hyland's medications are Homeopathic formulations. Zyrtec is considered a " modern" or allopathic medicine. To doctors of Homeopathic Medicine we are known as Allopathic doctors. We cannot advise you on the Homeopathic medicine. ...Read more

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Can I give my 2 year old children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night.... and how much.....she takes zyrtec in the morning?

Can I give my 2 year old children's Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night.... and how much.....she takes zyrtec in the morning?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) + Benedryl: The occassional use of Benedryl for breakthrough allergy symptoms in addition to regular use of Zyrtec (cetirizine) should generally not cause any problems. Dosing of Benedryl is based on your child's current weight. A simple phone call to your pediatrician should be all that is needed to confirm that the appropriate doses of Zyrtec (cetirizine) and Benedryl are being given. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a minor cold. Can I give her 2.5ml of children's mucinex cold, and still give her prescribed 5ml of children's zyrtec? She is 33 Lbs

My 2 year old has a minor cold. Can I give her 2.5ml of children's mucinex cold, and still give her prescribed 5ml of children's zyrtec? She is 33 Lbs

Better not: Children's Mucinex cold has more than one formulation, and some contain an antihistamine as zyrtec, you don't want to combine both, besides some ingredients in these formulations may have side effects on your toddler. As for the zyrtec, 2.5 ml (2.5mg) would be enough, saline nasal washes, acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) would be helpful, together with rest and fluids, if any problem, call/ see her MD ...Read more

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My father is 56, he has a really bad cough and has had it for half a year and it really bothers him and he doesn't have a diagnosed condition?

My father is 56, he has a really bad cough and has had it for half a year and it really bothers him and he doesn't have a diagnosed condition?

Cough x 6mo: Advise your father that the cough of six months may signal a very serious problem. There are many possibilities and this requires a physical exam, chest xrays, tests etc. To determine the diagnosis and treatment. Urge him to get medical care asap. ...Read more

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How can you treat a really bad cough when you had esophageal atresia surgery a long time ago?

How can you treat a really bad cough when you had esophageal atresia surgery a long time ago?

Mgt/workup: It really depends on the underlying cause. If you have had a repair of esophageal atresia, there can be areas of swelling that may impinge on the airway. I would recommend seeing your physician and having pulmonary function testing and a TB test.
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My Daughter its 2 Weeks Old and has a Really bad cough can I Put a vaporizer in the room since she is to young to drink medicines?

My Daughter its 2 Weeks Old and has a Really bad cough can I Put a vaporizer in the room since she is to young to drink medicines?

Needs check up: A 2 week old baby should be sneezing and hiccupping, but not coughing. A vaporizer will help with a stuffy nose, but a bad cough in a small baby can be more serious. Bronchiolitis is a wheezing illness that needs to be seen by a doctor. An important sign of having trouble breathing is if she is not feeding well. Any fever in a baby less than 2 months old also needs to see a doctor. ...Read more

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My 17 month old has a really bad cough and fever, not acting himself either. What could this be?

My 17 month old has a really bad cough and fever, not acting himself either. What could this be?

Could be viral: Usually it is a virus that causes cough and fever, but it can often be bacterial. If he does not improve with tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen, call your pediatrician or go to the nearest emergency room if your child had trouble breathing. ...Read more

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My 9 month old son has a really bad cough which he has had a course of penicillin. The cough is still there and he is doing about 7 soiled nappies?

My 9 month old son has a really bad cough which he has had a course of penicillin. The cough is still there and he is doing about 7 soiled nappies?

RSV, influenza: Many of the winter viruses are still circulating around and could be the cause of his ongoing cough. Have him rechecked to make sure he is not wheezing, developed or worsened pneumonia or other causes of chronic cough. Make sure to get flu vaccine every year! ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Cetirizine (Definition)

Ceftirizine is the generic name of an antihistamine previously marketed under the ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Zyrtec (Definition)

Zyrtec is a non-sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more