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Pregnant. Have severe cough and cold. Will that effect my baby? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Aug-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
Doctor:Proceed with your query.
User:I am 26 weeks pregnant. I am having severe cough and cold. Whether it will effect my baby?
Doctor:Upper respiratory tract infection generally doesn't cause any serious harms to the baby.
User:For cough I am having chericof syrup.but for cold I am not having any medicine.
Doctor:But I want you to take care of yourself since pregnancy can lower body resistance and infections can behave in different manner.
Doctor:May I know who recommended chericof syrup?
User:My gynecologist
User:Is it safe having that syrup?
Doctor:Chericof has not caused any serious effects during pregnancy. However it's use needs to be monitored by the doctor.
Doctor:I am happy that you are taking the syrup as advised by a gynecologist.
Doctor:Now as far as cold is concerned, there are a few options.
Doctor:The most safest measure is to try steam inhalation.
Doctor:You can try it along with home remedies such as ginger.
Doctor:The next option would be to try nasal sprays - saline nasal drops or decongestant spray.
Doctor:Third option would be use of oral antihistamines.
Doctor:All these measures produce variable results in controlling the cold.
User:Due to hard cough I got umbilical hernia also.
Doctor:Now your treating doctor would determine which option can be tried.
Doctor:Have you followed what I said?
Doctor:Do you have any other questions?
User:Yes I am .
Doctor:Do you have any questions?
User:Is hernia will create any problem normal delivery?
Doctor:Hernia would not directly interfere with delivery. However pregnancy and delivery can have its toll on the hernia.
User:K thank you sir.
Doctor:You will need to be followed up regularly for the problem. Your doctor can evaluate hernia during the antenatal check up.
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