Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Amy | 2008/09/23

Q.

Cold

Hi doctor,

My 5 month old started creche 3 weeks ago. He got a cold within the first week and I treated it with saline drops only. It has now gone to his chest and i took him to the paediatrician who told me to let it be and just keep using the saline drops for his nose. He also told me to give him some panado drops every 4 - 6 hours for his throat. (Which seems to be a bit red and therefore sore from all the coughing) He never has a fever and in general is quite happy. He' s eating a bit less but I suppose that' s to be expected with his throat being sore and his nose being stuffy. However, what I want to know is how long is it going to take for him to get better? His nose seems to be less blocked now and more runny, but he' s still coughing. The paed said this was due to a post nasal drip caused by his snotty nose, but at what point do I need to treat him? I' m worried that we' re just leaving it and it might get worse. What should I look out for? Or should I take him back if it hasn' t cleared up after a certain time frame? Also, the mucus in his nose is green and someone told me that that is a sign of infection. Is this true? Thank you for your advice.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your son has a bad cold which if my calculations are correct has been going on for almost 2 weeks. He seems somewhat better but still has some post nasal mucous which is causing him to cough. You know that his chest is clear because the paediatrician was happy to continue with the nose drops only. There is no indication here for giving him the Panado syrup. Keep using the nose drops twice day very regularly. His cold should clear within a week or so.The only problem is that is possible that he has already caught another cold at his new creche and this is why he is taking so long to get better.

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