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My 5 year old has a cough, runny nose and hoarse voice should she see the doctor?

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Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: NotNecessarily

If your child is otherwise acting okay, and staying hydrated it is fine to observe.
Persistent sore throat, if fever lasts more than 3 days, of the color of the mucus changes, if any shortness of breath/wheezing/distress occurs then you need to take them to their doctor or the ED.

In brief: NotNecessarily

If your child is otherwise acting okay, and staying hydrated it is fine to observe.
Persistent sore throat, if fever lasts more than 3 days, of the color of the mucus changes, if any shortness of breath/wheezing/distress occurs then you need to take them to their doctor or the ED.
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Dr. Robert Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 5yo

it is probably a viral illness but you should go to their physician to be checked just to be sure

In brief: 5yo

it is probably a viral illness but you should go to their physician to be checked just to be sure
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Superinfection

Colds, or upper respiratory infections, are most commonly cause by viral infections which resolve on their own in 3-7 days.
Viral infections do NOT respond to antibiotics. However, when your immune system is taxed by fighting the viral infection, bacterial infections can set in. Symptoms that do not improve within a few days, worsening symptoms, new fever, or chest pain warrants a doctor visit

In brief: Superinfection

Colds, or upper respiratory infections, are most commonly cause by viral infections which resolve on their own in 3-7 days.
Viral infections do NOT respond to antibiotics. However, when your immune system is taxed by fighting the viral infection, bacterial infections can set in. Symptoms that do not improve within a few days, worsening symptoms, new fever, or chest pain warrants a doctor visit
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