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9yr old has harsh bad cough for over 2 weeks with little congestion no fever feeling fine. Does this require antibiotic? Can't seem to rid cough

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to say

Antibiotics are useless in treating cough unless there is a bacterial infection causing it.
Some kids with simple viral bronchitis will cough hard for up to a month. Work with the kids doc to see what is going on. Don't assume that antibiotics are needed, although they could be. Sometimes they develop a sinus infection that triggers persistent cough after the initial issue has passed.

In brief: Hard to say

Antibiotics are useless in treating cough unless there is a bacterial infection causing it.
Some kids with simple viral bronchitis will cough hard for up to a month. Work with the kids doc to see what is going on. Don't assume that antibiotics are needed, although they could be. Sometimes they develop a sinus infection that triggers persistent cough after the initial issue has passed.
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4 doctors agree

In brief: He may be wheezing

Has he done this before? Persistent cough he is not able to shake for weeks? Is there a family history of Asthma? Does he seem to cough when he is playing or running around? See your Pediatrician, he may be wheezing and needs to be treated

In brief: He may be wheezing

Has he done this before? Persistent cough he is not able to shake for weeks? Is there a family history of Asthma? Does he seem to cough when he is playing or running around? See your Pediatrician, he may be wheezing and needs to be treated
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