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Child has cold, cough, varying respiratory rate. Taken antibiotics. Right path?

hello sir , my baby is 42 days old . he is suffering from cough and cold with little respiratory distress and respiratory rate varying from 48 to 54 / min , he had completed antibiotic course (swich 50 ) for 7days but still cough n cold persist , so doc prescribe for Mucolite twice a day 5 drops for 3 days and incase no changes in condition then Augmentin Duo twice a day (2.5ml) to be given. Please guide me if am right way.
Asked On : Wed, 7 Nov 2012
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Below 2 months of age, respiratory rate more than 60 per min is abnormal.
To have the correct rate, count the respiration when baby is asleep.

Does he have fever? How is the feeding? Does he have difficulty while feeding? Fever with cough and fast breathing suggests pneumonia that is treated with antibiotics usually.
After treatment with antibiotics is over, cough alone can persist for few more days.

If he still has all the symptoms and its almost 10 days now, its wise to have x ray chest done before starting another antibiotic.

So have him examined again, look for feeding difficulties and if its just a cough/ cold and no other problems, and his chest is clear, he might not need another course of antibiotics.

Hope my answer helps you.
Wish a speedy recovery for your kid.
Answered: Thu, 8 Nov 2012
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