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Hi Doctor, My daughter is 3.5 years old. She ia

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Posted on Wed, 13 Mar 2019
Question: Hi Doctor,

My daughter is 3.5 years old.

She ia suffering from cough and cold, some pain in the ear as well.

Also all through out the night she scratches her teethss like upper jaw and lower jaw teeths.

Could you please suggest what we should do.

Thanks!
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Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Could be a simple viral upper respiratory illness and worm infestation

Detailed Answer:
Hi...Cough and cold are viral 95% of the times in children. For cold you can use anti-allergics like cetirizine and for nose block, saline nasal decongestants will do. Paracetamol can be given in the dose of 15mg/kg/dose (max ceiling dose 500mg) every 4-6th hourly, that too only if fever is more than 100F. I suggest not using combination medicines for fever, especially with Paracetamol.
For cold you can use Cetrizine at 0.25mg/kg/dose every 12 hourly for 3 days.
For nasal block, plain saline nasal drops will do, every 4-6th hourly to relive nasal congestion.

the teeth grinding is called sleep bruxism and this could be a manifestation of worm infestation.

You can give for albendazole 400 MG 1 tablet today and another tablet after 10 days which is available as over the counter.

Best regards - Dr Sumanth Amperayani
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Hi Doctor, My daughter is 3.5 years old. She ia

Brief Answer: Could be a simple viral upper respiratory illness and worm infestation Detailed Answer: Hi...Cough and cold are viral 95% of the times in children. For cold you can use anti-allergics like cetirizine and for nose block, saline nasal decongestants will do. Paracetamol can be given in the dose of 15mg/kg/dose (max ceiling dose 500mg) every 4-6th hourly, that too only if fever is more than 100F. I suggest not using combination medicines for fever, especially with Paracetamol. For cold you can use Cetrizine at 0.25mg/kg/dose every 12 hourly for 3 days. For nasal block, plain saline nasal drops will do, every 4-6th hourly to relive nasal congestion. the teeth grinding is called sleep bruxism and this could be a manifestation of worm infestation. You can give for albendazole 400 MG 1 tablet today and another tablet after 10 days which is available as over the counter. Best regards - Dr Sumanth Amperayani