Would you take your baby to the doc for just a cough, no fever?
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Katt - posted on 11/20/2009
I would and have lol My daughter has had a horrible cough (croup like) since she was 3 months old and every time I took her in to the doctors they would tell me it was teething, they would check her ears and her chest and found nothing. So I switched doctors and took her in again and just coincidence her cough was really bad, they doctor determined that she probably has asthma since she has had the cough for so long and since it's worse when she's teething and sleeping. She was put on 2 inhalers and her cough is gone! It was horrible lol I went to get my H1N1 shot and every time she would cough people would look at me like she had swine flu! People can be so paranoid. But yes, I would take my baby in...better to be safe than sorry :)
Janine - posted on 11/20/2009
My daughter had bronchitis and she didn't have a fever. I'd personally ask your local pharmacist first, you can normally get free advice in any chemist. But if it sounds deep i'd take him to the doctor, there are only so may over the counter meds you can buy for a young child. The doctor will be able to prescribe something effective if it is needed. You can never be too careful with young children, so many things can go very wrong very quickly. Better to be safe than sorry i my opinion.
Melissa - posted on 11/20/2009
More than likley not, but it depends on the cough. I remember my son had croup....which is a really nasty horse sounding cough and it is contagious and has taken the lives of babies before. But if it is just a natural cough with no fever, I wouldn't take him. If it persists for more than a week, I would call you doctor. Best of luck!!
Rachael - posted on 11/20/2009
i took mine to a doctors because she had a bad cough, i suffer from serious asthma and was worried her cough would cause her to get a bad chest i think it just depends on how bad the cough is and wot the family history is
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Kylie - posted on 11/20/2009
my son was very mucousy wen he was born and had to be propped up while sleepin from birth, he has since been diagnosed wiv asthma, if u feel the cough is not right go to a doc, not all coughs have a fever, doc s r there 4 these reasons and i have the view that if im not comfortable wiv a cough my son has, off to the docs we go.
Rest assured in the fact that ur child is 1st on ur mind and u would do nyfin 4 them, if u feel a doc is needed then no1 can hold that against u, ur not overprotective, ur just a mum
Katy - posted on 11/20/2009
You are the mom you know best!! i took in Freja for a cough and thought I would get the Doc to look at Heidi too since we were there and both had had "normal" cold symptoms, no fever but snotty and coughing. Anyway it turned out that Heidi had double ear infections and needed anitbiotics! So it doesn't hurt to go, if you are in question I say see the doc!!
Maria - posted on 11/20/2009
Yes! especially if the cough is distressing and possibly makes baby sick.
My little one gets a nasty cough every time he has an ear infection (often). The mucus draining down their throat from their ears tickles their throat and makes them cough constantly.
Also if coughing produces yellow or green mucus (dirty mucus), it's a sign of a respiratory system unfection and it is also worth a GP check.
Every baby is different, but it's worth getting your checked if you are worried.
Good luck. x
Kathryn - posted on 11/20/2009
I think it depends on the cough. If its like a seal cough then they could have crope. My baby just had a cough and a wheeze and she had bronchitis. The doctors are used to mums coming in being concerned about there babies and if this is what it takes to put your mind at rest you should do ahead and do it.
Shanna - posted on 11/20/2009
Another thing that will help in addition to a humidifier is putting them to sleep in more of a sitting position to help the mucous drain--I put my son to sleep in the bouncer when he had RSV. Also, use the nasal sucker thing--anything to open the airways more will help.
Crystal - posted on 11/20/2009
Padraic started coughing two days ago. It's his first cough and it's a little mucous-y. And you bet your ass I'm taking him to the doctor. I don't care if it turns out to be "just a cold." A cough means something is wrong and I'm not taking chances.
Shanna - posted on 11/20/2009
If the cough has lasted for more than 2 weeks, or if it is accompanied by fast breathing then I would bring them in for sure. If their belly moves significantly while they breath, and their breathing is fast then it is a sign that they are having a difficult time getting the oxygen they need. But as a mom you should trust your instincts. If you are worried and have a doctor you trust then take them in.
Donna - posted on 11/20/2009
That would depend on how long the baby has been coughing and the type of cough. Is it interfering with him/her sleeping? Chances are there is nothing the doctor will do because they don't like to give little ones anything to stop the cough.
Have you considered running a humidifier in the rooms where the baby is? That might help.
Evonne - posted on 11/20/2009
If your child has a persistent cough dry or wet more than 7-10 days I suggest you see a doctor before the treatment could just be a 5 day dose of 1 med than a hose of meds which can be costly. We all want to limit the amount of meds digested...especialy meds digested by our children. My trio had issues with a persitent cough that was not initially accompanied by a fever and it was due to sinus issues that resulted in a sinus infection. Keep your eyes open.
Ashley - posted on 11/20/2009
it depends on how bad the cough is, if it sounds like it is in his chest, then i would def. say go because my son had bronchitis when he was a baby and i am sooo happy i took him to the doctor when i did. i wouldnt say im "over protective" because i do take my son to the doctor whenever i feel like he isnt feeling well, and 9 time out of 10, he is sick. i would rather nip it in the butt before it gets bad. better to be safe than sorry!
Keri - posted on 11/20/2009
That's what im afraid of that it's bronchitus. It is a very deep cough and has been going on for a week or so. They last time i was at the doc with him being sick they gave me a cough medicine that they said was the strongest he could take as a 7 mth old. I have been giving him that and tylenol but not seeming to help. He is also teething and has a tooth breaking through so im thinking that has something to do with it.
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