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The Really Gross Cough

Posted by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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Your child's had a cold for a week now, and it's getting worse. His cough is wet and phlegmy, and his breathing seems to be faster than usual.

What's probably causing it: Pneumonia, in which a virus or bacterium invades the lungs, causing them to fill up with fluid. "Because the child is trying to get the fluid out of his lungs, a pneumonia cough tends to be pretty ugly," says Dr. Lonzer. "This is the hacking-up-goobers one."

How to help: Your pediatrician may be able to diagnose pneumonia with a physical exam but might need to send your child for an X ray. She may do an oxygen-saturation test (placing a bandage-like strip around your child's finger) to check for a low oxygen level. If the doctor determines from the test results that the pneumonia is bacterial, she'll prescribe antibiotics; viral pneumonia has to run its course. Pneumonia can usually be treated at home, but if it's severe, your child may need to stay in the hospital for a few days.

by on Apr. 20, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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wendums1229
by on May. 5, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I cant stand the gross cough!!

mommythree0508
by Corinne on May. 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM
Ugh. That's about how I feel now.
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tayanddyl
by on May. 11, 2012 at 2:52 PM

 TFS

angieluvsolivia
by Angie on May. 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

 Good info!

brownhoney21
by Ruby Member on May. 11, 2012 at 2:56 PM

 Thanks for the info.

PookaboosMom
by on May. 11, 2012 at 3:03 PM
We've all had a nasty dry cough for a divorced couple weeks now...uhg
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