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Child has watery eyes, runny nose, cough, fever, headache. Can more medicine be given?

My 16 month old has watery eyes a stuffy runny nose a chest cough a small fever and seems to hold his head sometimes like he has a headache . He has an appointment tomorrow but he seem so miserable we gave him little fevers about four hours ago but seems to worn off. Can we give him more or does he just got to tough it out
Asked On : Sun, 6 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Thanks for your query,
symptoms of watery eyes,stuffy nose,fever and cough are symptoms of respiratory infection,which is usually viral in origin.I advise you to give paracetamol for fever after every 6 hours.give her plenty of fluids,warm water will be soothing,steam inhalation should be done.
In case symptoms gets aggravated take her to pediatrician.
Your daughter will be fine,
God bless.
Answered: Sun, 6 Jan 2013
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Pediatrician, Cardiology Dr. Pradeep Kumar's  Response
All these symptoms are suggestive of viral respiratory tract infection. You have not mentioned any breathlessness so it seems that its an upper respiratory tract infection.
Actually for viral URI only antipyratics, some antiallergic and zinc is needed. Also plenty of fluid should be given to such babies. In few cases superadded bacterial infection may occur then an antibacterial will also be required.
So as of now don't worry too much and be watchful for any respiratory distress or decreased oral intake till you visit your physician. You can use nasal saline drop in case of nasal obstuction.
With regards
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Pediatrician Dr. Kaushik K Murthy's  Response
you can give paracetamol every 5 to 6 hrs once, kindly include sponging with warm water to reduce fever instantly.
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