A 3-month-old Baby Coughs Up Phlegm And Has A Red Throat?
Hello doctor. 3 month old babies experience coughing up phlegm for more than 2 weeks. Previously, she had checked with the midwife, coughing because of an allergy, then given bronchitis and ambroxole medication, but there was no change. After that we tried it on steam. but it still doesn’t improve. Finally, check with a pediatrician. and the diagnosis is my son’s throat is red. is it inflammation? Is this dangerous? And how to handle it?
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Actually red throat is not a disease diagnosis but a clinical finding. Red throat indicates inflammation of the child's throat or also called pharyngitis. Pharyngitis is actually a condition that is quite often experienced by children. The most common cause of pharyngitis is a viral infection, but if it has lasted for more than 5 -7 days, then the possibility of pharyngitis is caused by a bacterial infection.
Basically this condition is not dangerous as long as it is treated properly. In general, if the cough has lasted more than 5-7 days, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics because of this suspected bacterial infection. If indeed your doctor has prescribed antibiotics for your child, then you should take medication from the child's doctor according to the recommended dosage. Make sure you give antibiotics to children until the time specified by their child's doctor and do not stop administration even though the child's symptoms have improved.
To help reduce the cough, you can do the following things:
still breastfeed the child as usual (may give milk or formula milk, because the child is still 3 months, you should not give other forms of fluid except with the permission of the child's doctor) if the child has a fever, breastfeed the child more often let the child sleep and rest his child's doctor's recommendation to bathe the child in warm water (soaking) and let the child inhale warm water vapor from the bath water can help reduce coughing and thin the phlegm install humidifiers in your child's room the condition of the child can be monitored better.
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