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Cough and fever in toddler/preschooler -- what to do?

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My little guy has some sort of lung infection for the second time this winter. He's coughing so much it makes him vomit. It sounds like his chest is congested, but he says nothing comes up when he coughs (unless he throws up). He has a low fever, which I decided to let do its thing, but how long is that supposed to take?

 

He is 4, but very small (like the size of an average 2 yo) and I don't like giving meds anyway after all the children's cold meds were suddenly so unsafe they all had to be pulled from the shelves. I have been giving him Boiron Chestal (homeopathic cough syrup) but it doesn't seem to be helping much. At night he has the humidifer on and the natural version of Vick's VapoRub smeared all over his chest.

 

Should I try one of the homemade recipes for cough syrup? Leave him alone? Give him Tylenol for the fever (it's been off and on for about a day and a half now, never over 101 F)? Is there anything I can do to stop a coughing fit so it doesn't end with vomiting? He coughs, it feels awful, he cries, makes it worse. If I can get him to calm down, it's fine. Otherwise.... And the more he vomits, the more upset he gets the next time he coughs, b/c he doesn't want to throw up again. So it's a never-ending cycle. Any advice?

post #2 of 5

Just wondering how everything turned out for you and your LO... did he get better on his own or did you end up going to a dr?

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It turned out to be pneumonia. We found out b/c he developed an ear infection and I had to take him to urgent care since his doctor couldn't see him til late in the day and it was only 1030 and he was SCREAMING in pain. When they asked about other symptoms I told them about his cough and the doctor listened and said she knew it was pneumonia but sent him for a chest x-ray to be sure. I'm not sure how long I would have waited (probably only a week) to get him to the doctor but I'm glad we ended up finding out when we did.

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Thanks -- I was curious because the story sounded a lot like what we were going through with my 5yo daughter the past few days.  We ended up taking her in this afternoon and yeah, sure enough it was pneumonia.  She's been admitted for a couple days and I just got home (daddy is staying with her overnight) and read your reply.

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Poor thing. It's miserable. I hope she feels better soon!

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