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Having throat pain, cough and cold after delivery. Breastfeeding. What could be reason? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 01-Mar-2013
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User:Hello doctor
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Its 2 months now since my delivery (normal)
User:and I have got throat pain, cough and cold since yesterday
User:with mild head ache
User:and there is no fever
User:could you suggest me how would I proceed /
User:since i am feeding baby, i hope i am not supposed to take any powerful medications right ?
Doctor:The symptoms you report are suggesting an upper respiratory inflammation.
Doctor:Most often the cause is a viral infection or allergies.
Doctor:Yes, some medicines are to be avoided while breastfeeding.
Doctor:Hence I shall suggest you few non medical measures that should help you.
User:please go ahead
Doctor:1. First, its important that you take good amount of water and good food.
Doctor: XXXXXXX vegetables and fruits are very much effective in treating viral conditions.
Doctor:You need to add them in your diet and good amount of it.
Doctor:2. Proper rest is also beneficial.
Doctor:3. Since sorethroat, cold and headache may be bothersome
Doctor:try steam inhalation.
Doctor:You can add some menthol / eucalyptus oil or vicks into the hot water and try XXXXXXX inhalation.
Doctor:Alternatively you can get some Karvol plus capsule (green coloured capsule) which is easily available at any pharmacy.
Doctor:You can add the content of the capsule into hot water and inhale it.
Doctor:This you can try 3 times a day for 3-5 days.
Doctor:If the cough is very severe, try lozenges such as vicks, Nivaran and so on.
User:ok .. but cough is not so severe
Doctor:Since these are herbal preparation, they do not cause much problems with your child.
User:only cold and head ache
Doctor:In addition, you can try Tab. Dolo 650mg
Doctor:one tablet whenever the headache is severe.
Doctor:This tablet contains paracetamol which is one of the safest medicines
User:ok.. Dolo 650 is for head ache
Doctor:Watch out for fever and record your temperature.
User:it will not affect lactation ?
User:Dolo 650 ?
Doctor:If you develop high grade fever (above 100 degree) then you may need antibiotics.
User:ok ..
Doctor:Yes, dolo 650 will not affect lactation or your baby too.
User:got it
Doctor:upper respiratory infections can easily spread to near and dear ones who are in close contact.
Doctor:Hence it might be a good idea to limit your contact with your child or any other infant.
Doctor:You should be better in a few days with these measures.
Doctor:Have you followed what I have suggested?
User:very much
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:yes ..
Doctor:Proceed with your query.
User:one more query regarding my baby
Doctor:Proceed with your query.
User:i am taking iron and calcium tablets as suggested by my gune
User:is it required to give iron and calcium supplements to my baby also ?
Doctor:Breast milk is the one and only supplement that contains enough source of nutrients which is needed for your child.
Doctor:Though the iron content of the breast milk is little lower, it is sufficient for a growing child.
Doctor:If you are able to feed you child well and if your child is growing and developing well,
Doctor:you do not need to give any other supplements for atleast 4 months.
Doctor:Do you follow?
Doctor:Is there any other query?
User:yes yes
User:got it
Doctor:Is there any other query?
User:i have some query regarding baby's vaccinations
User:during her 1.5 month she was given Polio, Hepatitis B and DPT
User:and Hib
User:which was painless
User:i mean 2 pricks
User:for the next 2 times also i am planning the same
User:if that is the case then when can be the optional vaccinations be given - which are rotta virus and IOV
User:which were suppose to be given along with the vaccines given during 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5 ?
User:in one prick if i am not wrong
User:if it is 1 prick (pain one) then what are vaccinations that are included in it ?
Doctor:Rotavirus vaccine is available orally while IPV is given by infections.
User:when it can be given /
Doctor:I am not sure what you meant by IOV ?
User:i mean IPV
Doctor:Rotavirus vaccine is suggested between 2 to 6 months of age.
User:ok .. is it one dose only ?
Doctor:And IPV vaccine is available in 3 doses which can be administered along with Oral Polio vaccine at the 6th, 10th and 14th week.
Doctor:In addition you can give a booster IPV at 15 - 18 months.
Doctor:Have you followed what I suggested?
User:yes ..
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:but my baby was not given IPV and Rota Virus during her 6th week
Doctor:These are optional vaccination.
Doctor:It means it is not a must according to National Immunization schedule of India
User:but if they should be given , then can it be given later /
Doctor:You can opt for such vaccine.
User:yes as per that schedule DPT, Polio and Hepatitis B are given
Doctor:The need for such vaccines after the age of 5 years is not significant.
User:i am asking if these optional ones can be started later ?
User:my question is
Doctor:You can administer these optional vaccines at a later stage.
Doctor:But not earlier.
User:if we opt for same painless injections during 10th and 14th weeks also
User:for DPT and Hepatitis B then
User:when can we opt for these optional vaccines from
Doctor:The vaccines given at the 10th and 14th weeks are the same.
Doctor:They are administered subcutaneously which are less painful than an intramuscular injections.
Doctor:Your child would invariable be getting the same vaccines administered in a similar way.
Doctor:So do not worry.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:u mean there will be more than 2 pricks if we opt for these Rota Virus and IPV during 10th and 14th week /
User:is that right doctor ?
User:are you there Sir ?
Doctor:I am sorry.
Doctor:I shall make it clear to you.
User:yes please Sir
Doctor:The vaccination schedule is prepared in such as way that a child doesn't receive more than 2 live vaccines at a time.
Doctor:OPV which is given by mouth is a live vaccine.
Doctor:It's just some drops fed to by mouth.
Doctor:Rotavirus is also similar vaccine given by mouth.
Doctor:So if you plan to give your child this one, it would be fed by mouth and not injected.
User:can it be given along with any other vaccines that are planed /
Doctor:The rest of the vaccines that is DPT, Hepatitis, and HiB are sometimes available as single injections.
Doctor:However IPV is usually a second injection.
Doctor:So if you plan to give IPV too, it might be a two injections and not one.
Doctor:You may confirm this at the immunization centre.
User:got it
User:last query sir
User:is it required ti visit my Gune for check up every month ?
User:i did after 15 days of delivery and then during my 6th week
Doctor:Post partum period usually last upto 6 weeks normally.
User:i was given iron and calcium tablets
User:and BP and weight were checked
Doctor:The need for further follow-ups after 6 weeks will depend on your general condition.
User:i am again told to visit at 10th week
User:since i would be in my native i will not be able to visit
Doctor:Hence the need for further follow ups can be determined only by your gynecologist.
Doctor:So, I am sorry. I may not be able to comment about your further follow ups.
User:ok ... till when it is required to continue iron and calcium tablets /
Doctor:I suggest you to continue your pills as suggested by the gynecologist
Doctor:who have examined you physically.
Doctor:Without a proper physical examination and review of your records
Doctor:I will not be able to comment about it further.
Doctor:Hope you understand that.
Doctor:Welcome again.
User:One sec
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:sorry Sir i am done
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
User:thanks a lot for your time and information
Doctor:Wish you a speedy recovery.
User:nice talking to u
Doctor:My pleasure.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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