Signs that my baby has a respiratory infection?

Cough and runny nose. A respiratory infection is, basically, a cold. Typical symptoms are cough, runny nose and congestion, restlessness, fever possibly. Sometimes they don't eat as well, especially with the runny nose. If there's trouble breathing, a lot of fever or dehydration, call your pediatrician immediately.
Nasal congestion. An upper respiratory infection (URI) is usually caused by a common cold virus, and the typical symptoms, nasal congestion or runny nose, cough, and decreased appetite for foods, but drinking ok – usually resolves in 3-5 days. Prolonged symptoms, including high fever, worsening cough and increasing fussiness needs evaluation by a doctor. Also, sometimes a middle ear infection complicates a uri.

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Can pollution cause respiratory infection in babies?

YES... Air, pollution can cause irritation to the developing airways. Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke, for example, can lead to airway hypersensitivity, hyper-reactivity leading to cough, breathing difficulty, wheezing, which eventually make the infant vulnerable to infections, e.g. Respiratory, ear infections, etc. And chronic ill health. Read more...

Is there any chances of allergy or reaction with nipples of bottles cause respiratory infection to babies?

No. I don't know of any situation where an allergy or reaction to nipples of bottles causing respiratory infection in babies. However, if the baby is having silent aspiration, which can only be diagnosed with a modified barium swallow, then pneumonia can result from this. If your child is getting frequent resp. Infections, i would suggest having a modified barium swallow done. Read more...

My 5mos. Old baby has a wheezing sounds sometimes when he breathes. Is this a sign of respiratory infection?

Noisy Baby Breathing. An occasional wheezy sound can come from a stuffy nose, allergy to something in the environment, if the baby's head is positioned to far forward or tilted too far backward. See the pediatrician if the sound persists, is associated with fever or signs of labored breathing: rapid breathing, flaring of the nose, heaving of the chest or stomach, sucking-in between the ribs or above the collarbone, etc. Read more...

Can a child get an infection from a cat that has a respiratory infection?

Not likely. There are illnesses that can pass from animals to humans like tapeworm, skin fungus called ringworm, leptospirosis, and some others. It is not likely that a cat will pass a respiratory infection to your child. It is unusual for animals to be ill so i would have the cat see the vet. Read more...

My husband has a respiratory infection (3rd day, 1st on meds), is ok for him to be around 10wk baby?

Use mask; wash hands. A person with a respiratory symptoms (allergy, cold, flu, strep throat, pink-eye symptoms, etc...) should only be near a young baby if he truly needs to help with baby care, regardless of whether or not he is on medication. If he must help with baby care, he should put on a surgical mask (available at drugstores) and then wash his hands and arms. Avoid holding the baby up to the ill person's head. Read more...
Yes. Remember that infections aren't spread by magic. This type would be spread by contact, either with infected surfaces or respiratory secretions spread by coughs or sneezes. Good hand washing and mouth covering should suffice, just be careful. But no reason dad needs to be banished to the basement... Read more...

What are the symptoms of upper respiratory infection and what kinds of drugs can give to baby of 8 month old?

No drugs. Symptoms of URI are runny nose, cough, low grade fever, decreased appetite etc. Please do not use any over the counter medicines besides tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for reducing the fever. Most of the uri's are self limiting and symptomatic treatment with lots of fluids and rest are sufficient. If there is worsening of symptoms please see your pediatrician. Read more...

What meds can I take for a upper respiratory infection while nursing? My baby is only 1 week old.

NONE. Assuming you have a virus, ignore all the noise from people trying to sell you things for this. Soup and other liquids may feel good in your throat. Nose spray can open your nose if severely stuffed. Antibiotics, vitamins, and herbs are all useless for this. Do not smoke. For severe cough there is albuteral inhaler. The less they know, the louder some people crow on this subject. Read more...