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My seven year old has a hoarse cough and his chest hurts when he has these coughing fits? Should he see his doctor or wait it out? Thank you
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on timing
If he has only had symptoms for a day or two then there is a high probability he has a viral upper respiratory tract infection.
In that case his symptoms should improve within a few days. If he is having trouble breathing or if he has a high fever or if he is unable to eat or drink, these are all reasons to take him to the doctor right away.

In brief: Depends on timing
If he has only had symptoms for a day or two then there is a high probability he has a viral upper respiratory tract infection.
In that case his symptoms should improve within a few days. If he is having trouble breathing or if he has a high fever or if he is unable to eat or drink, these are all reasons to take him to the doctor right away.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Be seen
It is likely bronchitis, but if he is having pain with breathing, it should always prompt you to have him seen.

In brief: Be seen
It is likely bronchitis, but if he is having pain with breathing, it should always prompt you to have him seen.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Dr. Gregory Hines
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