My Child Has A Dry Cough
Morning doc. I want to ask my 4-year-old child, there is a complaint of coughing for 3 days. Coughing has no phlegm, his voice is slightly gone, and fever is 37 degrees. No colds and diarrhea. Before he was okay. I’m a little worried about what are the signs covid19 Thank you dock for the answer
Hello Retno, Thank you for the question.
It is natural for you to worry about symptoms experienced by children today, considering that there is currently a corona virus outbreak in various parts of the world, moreover this virus causes symptoms similar to the common cold. Usually the common symptoms experienced by sufferers are high fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. A person may be suspected of having a corona virus infection if in the past 2 weeks, have a history of traveling to another country with a corona virus case, living in an area that already has a coron virus case, or a history of contact / interaction with a person suspected / confirmed to have a corona virus infection .
A person is said to have a fever if his body temperature reaches above 37.2 degrees Celsius. Thus, the child's body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, including normal or in other words, the child does not have a fever. If the child does not have the history mentioned above, then the possibility of having a coron virus infection is low. However, of course these symptoms still need to be monitored. Symptoms of dry cough accompanied by sounds that disappear can be caused by strep throat and laryngitis. The initial treatment you can do is:
multiply the provision of water for children
provide nutritious food for children
let the child stay at home for 14 days
limit children to interact with other people
Teach children to regularly wash their hands with soap and clean water or if there is no use hand sanitizer
always wear a mask if the child is out of the house
keep the house clean and the area around the child's bed
If these cough symptoms do not improve for more than 2 weeks, or if they are accompanied by persistent high fever (38 C or more), please take the child to the nearest general practitioner to be sure of the cause before further treatment is given. However, if there are symptoms of shortness of breath (rapid and short breathing or flat nose), please immediately bring the child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
I hope this helps.