Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: shaz | 2008/09/24

Q.

Wet cough

My youngest daughter is 4 months old and over the weekend she had a temp of 37.1C. It later dropped to 34C. She has started creche 2 weeks ago and since then has had a wet cough. I gave her some cough medicine today and she is bringing up a lot of phlem. Can I rub Vicks on her chest and what must i do when she brings up this phlem? I am worried about her lungs as she is a prem baby. Please advise me on what to do. Thanx

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby obviously has a chest infection which she caught at her new creche. It seems to be a viral chest infection called bronchiolitis. As she is still very young and I cannot judge how ill she is from what you have written here, it would be best to have her checked by your doctor or paediatrician.

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