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What is the treatment for cough in a child?

My 1 year old son has an extremely bad cough, it is starting to make him sick. we cannot get to the doctor because of the adverse weather condition but my 3 year old daughter has an antobitic for tonsilitis called calvapen. could i give him a small dose of this till we can get to a doctor
Thu, 5 Sep 2019
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Pediatrician, Pulmonology 's  Response
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 relieve nasal congestion. Do not use antibiotic as the cough is usually suggestive of viral illness and antibiotics are not indicated.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Sumanth Amperayani, Pediatrician, Pulmonology
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