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Question: 2YR OLD WITH GREEN RUNNY NOSE
|NAVYMOM - Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:18 pm|
MY 2YR OLD HAS A RUNNY NOSE (GREEN) SLIGHT WHEEZING, A NASTY COUGH AND SLIGHT FEVER (101.1)... BUT IS STILL ACTIVE AND PLAYFUL
|Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:36 pm|
This may be viral but sometimes bacterial infection takes over with these tots and it can progress to something serious rapidly if bacteria spreads through the blood stream - even into the spinal fluid which can cause meningitis. It is a good idea to have the child examined for ear infection, strep, pneumonia, etc. Fever is a sign of infection and it can be difficult to know when it is run-of-the-mill viral respiratory infection and when it is secondary bacterial infection. You sometimes have to go with your gut feeling. Never underestimate a parent's ability to "know" their child - what is normal for them; what is not. If you have an uneasy feeling, always check it out with the doctor, especially if the child seems to be getting better, then takes a turn for the worse.
Home remedies include a humidifier in the child's room, acetaminophen or ibuprofen for discomfort and fever (never aspirin) and saline nose drops to help loosen secretions. Lots of fluids are important to replace what is lost through sneezing, coughing and nasal discharge.
|NAVYMOM - Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:18 am|
THANK YOU, I DID TAKE HIM TO THE E.R. BECAUSE I HAD AN UNEASY FEELING... HE HAD X-RAYS, BLOOD WORK AND WAS GIVEN A DOUBLE ALBUTEROL TREATMENT AND A DOSE OF PRETNASOL (ORAL STEROID) PLUS A 4 DAY PRESCRIPTION FOR HIS ASTHMA AND HE IS DOING JUST FINE.... TO ALL MOMS WITH ASTHMATIC TOTS: ANYTHING CAN SET THEM OFF SO GO TO THE E.R IMMEDIATELY!!!! A SIMPLE COLD FOR AN AVERAGE CHILD COULD BE PNEUMONIA FOR A KID WITH ASTHMA.... THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN
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