Cough – The “Cliff Notes” Version

Questions We Ask:
  • Duration of the cough

  • Any signs or symptoms of respiratory distress

  • How ill appearing is your child?

  • Any associated symptoms, such as fever?

Who needs to be seen today:
  • Patients with significant chronic medical concerns

  • Patients with fever (over 100.4) for more than 72 hours

  • Patients with fever over 105

  • Patients with signs or symptoms of respiratory distress

  • Babies under 3 months old

  • Patients with a known history of asthma, RAD or wheezing who have been using albuterol for more than 24 – 48 hour and are not getting better or are having additional symptoms

  • Cough that is persisting 2 or 3 weeks or longer

Comfort Measures at Home:
  • Use a cool mist humidifier

  • Do not give honey to babies under one year—it is not safe.

  • For children ages 1 to 5 years: Try half a teaspoon of honey.

  • For children ages 6 to 11: Try one teaspoon of honey.

  • For children 12 or older: Try two teaspoons of honey.

  • If honey is given at bedtime, make sure your child’s teeth are brushed afterward.

  • Water. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water

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Frederick County Pediatrics
11717 Old National Pike
New Market, MD 21774


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Tue  9AM-6PM

Wed  9AM-5PM

Thu  9AM-6PM

Fri  9AM-4PM

Sat  9AM-12PM

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