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My daughter has a bad cough but no fever should I take her in?

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In brief: Uncomfortable?

Age? If you are uncomfortable with the way she looks or the way she is acting, you should have her seen.
Unless she is wheezing or grunting, in general, it is less important how the cough sounds than how the child looks. If she has a history of asthma or pneumonias, if the cough has been progressing or lasting a week, if her breathing is labored or she appears uncomfortable, have her evaluated.

In brief: Uncomfortable?

Age? If you are uncomfortable with the way she looks or the way she is acting, you should have her seen.
Unless she is wheezing or grunting, in general, it is less important how the cough sounds than how the child looks. If she has a history of asthma or pneumonias, if the cough has been progressing or lasting a week, if her breathing is labored or she appears uncomfortable, have her evaluated.
Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
To seek immediate medical advice depends on other symptoms like fever, difficulty breathing, chronicity, cough affecting daily activites and sleep, associated wheezing
Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends how bad

Cough is like rash, it's sometimes very subjective.
To some a bad cough is a couple times an hour, to others it's occasionally taking a breath in between coughs. If cough medicine makes things better, and there's no fever, you can watch it. But if the cough is worsening, or there's wheezing, fever, or distress, get seen immediately.

In brief: Depends how bad

Cough is like rash, it's sometimes very subjective.
To some a bad cough is a couple times an hour, to others it's occasionally taking a breath in between coughs. If cough medicine makes things better, and there's no fever, you can watch it. But if the cough is worsening, or there's wheezing, fever, or distress, get seen immediately.
Dr. Michael Amster
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