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Cough & Cold

Pediatrics located in Valparaiso, IN

Cough & Cold located in Valparaiso, IN

When your baby or child has a cough or a cold, it’s natural to be worried. You’re wondering when their cough or cold needs medical intervention. David Dimitroff, MD, and the Noah’s Ark Pediatrics team are standing by to offer support. With remote treatment options like telemedicine, and a convenient office in Valparaiso, Indiana, Noah’s Ark Pediatrics has your family covered through cough and cold season. You can schedule an appointment by calling us now or booking conveniently with our online tool.

What are coughs and colds?

Coughs and colds are illnesses transmitted by germs, including viruses and bacteria. Coughs and colds are contagious and can “run through” families, classrooms, and daycare centers.

Often, these illnesses are fairly minor. In younger children, coughs and colds can be frequent. A cough or a cold may be more of a hassle than a significant cause for health concern. However, severe colds and coughs that last for too long can put unhealthy stress on your child’s body. Not to mention, cough and cold symptoms can be very uncomfortable and inconvenient while the illness lasts.

What are cough and cold symptoms?

When your child catches a cough or cold, germs cause uncomfortable symptoms. In healthy children, immune system response can also result in symptoms like fever.

Cough and cold symptoms can include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Dry or wet coughing
  • Headache
  • Dry, wet, or red eyes
  • Fever
  • Sleep disturbances

Typically, coughs and colds don’t come with any gastric symptoms like diarrhea or vomiting. These symptoms may indicate that your child has another type of illness.

If you’re unsure what your child is sick with, contact Dr. Dimitroff at Noah’s Ark Pediatrics for support. Through the practice’s telemedicine service, Dr. Dimitroff can review your child’s symptoms remotely. In severe situations, Dr. Dimitroff can even make a house call to check up on a very sick kid.

How should coughs and colds be treated in children?

Coughs and colds need to be treated differently in small children than they do in adults. Cough and cold medications formulated for larger adult bodies may be unsafe for smaller children.

  • Babies younger than four shouldn’t be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicine
  • Children aged 4-6 years can use cough medicine with the recommendation of your pediatrician

After age six, it’s usually okay to give children over-the-counter cough and cold medicine, following package directions about dosage.

However, at-home remedies are often the best way to provide symptom relief while your child rides out a cough or cold. It’s important for your child to stay well-hydrated while ill. Talk to Dr. Dimitroff about the best way to keep your child comfortable and healthy during a cough or cold.

Call Noah’s Ark Pediatrics for an appointment, or schedule with our online booking tool now.