Flu, Cough With Vomiting For 1 Week?

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Evening, my son is 8 months old. It’s been a week since I had the flu, coughing up mucus with vomiting. Several times the cough is accompanied by a lot of vomiting. I’ve been taking cough medicine but not feeling well. Please help. thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Claudia,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Colds and coughs in babies can be caused by viral infections, bacterial infections, to allergies. When coughing too often, babies often experience nausea, and eventually vomit. Vomiting is also triggered by not functioning properly epiglottis which limits the digestive tract with breathing.

In addition to the cough and cold, your baby's vomiting can also occur due to increased stomach acid (dyspepsia), for example, due to gastritis, gastrointestinal infections, side effects of drugs, and so on.

Does your child also have a fever? Is the vomiting very frequent (more than 3 times a day) or is it making it difficult for your baby to eat and drink?

If you have a fever that lasts more than 3 days, or if you vomit very frequently, you should see your child's doctor immediately. You should not give cough medicine to babies under the age of 2 years unless under the supervision of a doctor. Because, many of the contents of children's cough and cold medicines sold in the market are not appropriate to be given to children less than 2 years old (for example if they contain ephedrine).

With a direct doctor's examination, doctors can generally detect potentially dangerous conditions that require special treatment. If necessary, the doctor can also perform further tests, such as blood tests or x-rays. In the meantime, while waiting for a doctor's examination, you should also try the following:

Avoid excessive contact with cold temperatures, dust mites, animal dander, pollen. Make sure people who are in close contact with the baby are not suffering from colds and coughs. Use a mask when in contact with babies to minimize the risk of transmission. Dry the baby in the sun before 9 am so that the mucus in the airways melts. Baby's milk is enough breast milk. Also give the baby fruit that is rich in vitamin C as a snack. To minimize vomiting, feed the baby little but often (not too much).

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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