DS has had a cough for almost 3 weeks. It started with a low grade fever 3 weeks ago that only lasted for a couple of days. Then he started with a dry cough, which quickly turned wet sounding. We took him to the doctor 2 weeks ago to rule out bronchitis (it was a Friday, so I figured to play it safe we would take him in so that if it did get worse over the weekend then we were covered). He did not have bronchitis and the doctor said it was just a virus - let it run its course. Doctor also said that a cough is generally not something to worry about unless they last more than 2 weeks. We didn't take him to the doctor again last week because the cough was very gradually becoming less and less. Well, it is still here and very wet sounding. Every morning he wakes up and coughs a bit and I have him blow his nose and I can't believe the stuff that comes out! It is mostly clear, but there is some yellow from settling. Nothing scary - just a LOT of it.
Now DD is sick. She started with a cough in the middle of the night last night. She is sneezing and has the same wet sounding cough with a runny nose. I can't help but think that because she is just now getting sick that maybe DS had one cold right on top of the other and she has caught the second cold and not the first. She couldn't possibly come down with a cold that he started with 3 weeks ago, right? Isn't the incubation period for a cold only like 3-7 days or something? DS is in pre-K, so he gets exposed to all kinds of germies.
Anyway...when do you worry about the duration of a cough? If there is no fever, then it shouldn't be pnemonia, right? Plus, he is acting completely normal, except that his appetite is 100%, but he is still eating well.