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Suggest medication for cough & chest infection

Hi, my 8 month year old has had a really bad cough for over two months now. He had a cold to which went away a few weeks ago but came back yesterday (runny nose/sneezing). He is also teething i think. We took him back and forth to the dr s over the past two months but they said his chest was fine. Took him again and they said it could be a chest infection. However he had to come off the antibiotics (amoxicillion) as looks like he is allergic to penicillin. He also had s&d whch lasted about two weeks but cleared up three weeks ago now. He is sick now and again but it s from coughing so much. He has suffered with feveral convultions at 6 months old. His temp is fine but his cough just wont go away and it is stopping him from sleeping well. Dont want to go back to the doctors as I feel like i m being a pain. Can these coughs last as long as two months? I hope you can give me some advice? Many thanks Katie Lewis (first time mother)
Mon, 21 May 2018
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Pediatrician, Pulmonology 's  Response
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.

I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

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, that too only if fever is more than 100 F. I suggest not using combination medicines for fever, especially with Paracetamol. For cold you can use Cetirizine. For nasal block, plain saline nasal drops will do, every 4-6th hourly to relive nasal congestion.

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