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  1. Cough Symptoms in Children - Topic Overview

    A cough that is more noticeable when your child is lying down is usually caused by mucus running down the back of the throat (postnasal drip) from an upper respiratory infection,such as a cold,sinusitis,or allergy. A child usually has a runny or stuffy nose,may be irritable,and may have a fever. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to provide relief for this type of cough. A cough ...

  2. Barking Coughs in Children - Topic Overview

    If your child has a barking cough: Hold your child in a calming manner. Keep your child quiet,if possible. Crying can make breathing more difficult. Try rocking or distracting your child with a book or game. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Don't use a hot vaporizer. Use only water in the humidifier. Hold your child in your lap,and let the cool vapor blow directly into your ...

  3. Using Vaporizers and Humidifiers - Topic Overview

    Vaporizers and humidifiers help moisten the mouth and throat when breathing the dry,heated indoor air of the winter months. The mist from a humidifier may be preferred because of the risk of burns from steam vaporizers. A shallow pan of water in the room can substitute for a vaporizer or humidifier and avoids the hazard of mold. Be sure to keep the pan out of the reach of babies and toddlers. ...

  4. Symptoms of Ear Infection - Topic Overview

    Ear pain may be the first symptom of an ear infection,especially if you have moderate to severe ear pain during or shortly after you have a cold. Other symptoms of an ear infection may include: Swelling,heat,or tenderness around or behind the ear. Redness of the ear,ear canal,or skin around or behind the ear. Drainage from the ear that does not look like earwax. Itching of the ear or ...

  5. Recurrent Ear Infections and Persistent Effusion - Topic Overview

    Some doctors may recommend the use of daily antibiotics for prevention (prophylaxis) of ear infection if your child has many recurrent ear infections. Talk to your doctor about this. Antibiotics can reduce by 1 the number of infections that would have occurred without antibiotics. If your child has at least 3 ear infections in a 6-month period or has 4 ear infections in 1 year,your doctor may ...

  6. I’ve Got a Cold: What Can I Do?

    Colds are miserable. WebMD tells you what to do - and what not to do - if you're suffering.

  7. Frequently Asked Questions About the Common Cold

    What causes the common cold? Why isn't there a vaccine to prevent it? Can a chill cause a cold? WebMD answers frequently asked questions about the common cold.

  8. Frequently Asked Questions About Bird Flu

    Should you be concerned about a particularly bad strain of bird flu - H5N1? WebMD went to public health experts to get answers to your questions about how it is spread, its symptoms, and how to prevent it.

  9. Common Cold

    Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose — everyone knows the first signs of a cold. Learn more from WebMD about who, when, and why colds are so common.

  10. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Coughs.

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