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Child has cough with green-yellow mucus. Gargling with food soda. Should a nebulizer be used?

My 14-tear-old son has a relatively deep cough , mostly in the morning, but not going away for a couple of weeks, and couphs up greenish yellow and sometime greenish mucus . We make him gargle with the NaHCO3 (Natrium hydrocaronate is called food soda and commonly used at home). We contempate purchasing a nebulizer and use with normale saline , NaHCO3. Any advice?
Asked On : Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for your query,
Cough for more than 2 weeks of duration with greenish sputum needs to be investigated.
I advise you to take pediatric consultation .He needs CBC,ESR,X ray chest,sputum examination
and in ase of any infection treated accordingly.

Wishing your son good health
God bless
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Pediatrician, Cardiology Dr. Pradeep Kumar's  Response

Productive cough in your son may be due to bronchitis. Nebulisation helps only when there is bronchospasm. Cough may also be a variant of asthma in which bronchospasm will be there. But for making a diagnosis of asthma eosinophil count and pulmonary function test will help.
Sodabicarb is not used for nebulisation.

So I would suggest you to consult your doctor to find the cause of cough by clinical and some lab tests and then management accordingly.


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