Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Algetha | 2009-05-19


Cough &  weight issues

Hi Doc
Welcome back.
1. My son just turned 7 mnths. Had a cold last week and now has a bit of a cough. Its not continuous but while sleeping last nite the coughed sounded dry. Used Saline drops for his runny nose. Is there something I can use to relieve this at this age (e.g a cough syrup)

2. He is weighing 7.9kg and 70cm tall. Are these acceptable for his age. His not chubby but eats and drinks very well.


Expert's Reply



Your baby has had a recent viral infection which has affected his chest. This illness is called bronchiolitis.He will get better by himself after 7 to 10 days. Cough mixtures will not help and are not recommended. Keep his nose clear by using Salex nose drops twice a day.
Your baby's length is slightly above the average for his age, but his weight is below the average of 8.5kg for a 7 month old baby boy.

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