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Low temperature with sneezing, running nose. Is it just cold? Why is cough dry?

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my two year old son has a low grade temp from 99.4 to 101.2 since yesterday and he has been sneezing and runny clear nose but he is still eating, playing and drinking liquids. Is it just a simple cold? he also has a small dry sounding cough but its not bad at all
Posted Fri, 15 Jun 2012 in Parenting
Answered by Dr. Hema Yadav 7 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
Yes, considering the details you provided its most likely to be symptoms of a cold caused by viral respiratory tract infections . Such infections are self limiting and usually the symptoms resolve within 7-10 days even without treatment .
Sometimes the child may require supportive therapy like antipyretic like acetaminophen for fever, decongestant and cough syrups for the cough and nasal congestion .
If the symptoms persist for more than a week or if the child develops any new symptom like high fever, worsening cough ,wheezy or fast breathing , refusal to feed etc then you should consult his pediatrician for a thorough evaluation to rule out any complications or a bacterial infection requiring antibiotics .
As of now the situation is not worrisome and nothing needs to be done.
Meanwhile you should keep him well hydrated ( plenty of fluids)and well fed.For a faster recovery you may use nasal saline drops(1-2 drops in each nostril) and steam inhalations thrice daily which helps in decreasing congestion and improving the blood circulation .Even without any measures a minor cold may resolve within a week .

Hope I have answered your query.
Wishing your son a speedy recovery .
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