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Dr. V. Varadharajan

Pediatrician, Chennai

Dr. V. Varadharajan Pediatrician, Chennai
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Dr. V. Varadharajan is a popular Pediatrician in Saligramam, Chennai. He is currently practising at Sooriya Hospital in Saligramam, Chennai. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. V. Varadharajan on Lybrate.com.

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Cold and Cough in Children - Precautions that Parents Must Take

Senior Residency, MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
Cold and Cough in Children - Precautions that Parents Must Take

Cold and cough is caused by a viral infection, which can last for about two to four weeks. The symptoms include stuffy or a runny nose, coughing and sore throat. Many times, the infection may raise body temperature and the child may suffer from fever. Our body’s immune system naturally fights with such infections. Depending on the type of cough and the symptoms, the virus can stay active in the body for about 4 to 6 weeks. It is quite painful to see the child suffering from cold and cough. The symptoms of this infection are worse during the first two days.

The child will experience pain and irritation in the throat with difficulty in swallowing, frequent coughing with mucous, breathing difficulty and high fever. Most parents rush to over the counter drugs for cold and cough to ease of their child’s agony. However, most drugs/ cough syrups available over the counter only provide temporary relief. Medical evidence suggests that antibiotics do not kill viruses, thus, it is not advisable to treat cold and cough with antibiotics unless accompanied by another infection. So, what do parents do? Well, there is a lot that can be done.

Let’s first understand the type of a cough your child might be suffering from:

  1. Dry cough: Generally occurs due to infection in upper respiratory tract, cold or influenza. Children with asthma and allergies are also prone to this type of cough as dry cough is triggered by smoke or dust.
  2. Croup Cough: A harsh barking and dry cough with swelling beneath vocal cords.
  3. Wet Cough: Most commonly caused by cold. This is an infection of the lower respiratory tract characterised by mucous secretions.
  4. Whooping cough: Characterised by fast coughing, breathing difficulties and a whooping sound while breathing.

Apart from this, If coughing starts suddenly along with choking, the child may have inhaled a foreign body. Immediate help may be required. For babies less than 12 months of age, cold cough followed by breathing difficulties may indicate bronchiolitis and require a paediatric attention. A normal cold and cough generally subside with two to four weeks. However, it is important to understand when to consult a doctor.

  • Chest pain or breathing problems
  • Cough lasting for more than 6 weeks.
  • A yellow, green or brown mucous indicating another infection.
  • Swollen glands, persistent high fever, rashes.
  • Body getting pale and symptoms getting worse.
  • Temperature higher than 38 degrees in the case of infants.

Precautions and diet that should be taken care of

  • Increase Intake of fluids especially hot liquids
  • Never stop breastfeeding the baby
  • Vapour rub applied on chest and back is an effective remedy
  • Inhaling steam provides relief to a sore throat and nose
  • Intake of crushed tulsi leaves with honey or hot turmeric milk is soothing and very helpful

There is little we can do to prevent viral infections. However, proper care and caution can ensure a smooth recovery.

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My 5 years old daughter is getting white marks on her neck and chest, earlier they were not that big but now they are growing, I consulted a local doctor he gave son antifungal medicine and vitamin tonic please suggest.

MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician, Ranchi
The most likely possibility is pitryasis versicolor. It would be better if you attach an image so that I can help you out.
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My son aged 13 years suffering from dry cough (whooping) from last 10 days. I was visited ENT doctor but till date not much benefited. Please help Regards.

DNB (Pediatrics), Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Bangalore
Visit a pediatrician and get a opinion after he/she examines his chest. He may need a x ray. You can give him honey 5-10ml twice a day for dry cough. And ask him to do salt water gargles twice a day.
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This is regarding our baby. It has been 2.5 months but our baby is not feeding from his mother. He cries like anything when she tries to feed her. Everybody says that it is something between the mother.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
This is regarding our baby. It has been 2.5 months but our baby is not feeding from his mother. He cries like anythin...
It may be nipple is retracted and he cannot latch on to it properly. And if you use bottle feed (must stop it) also it can cause nipple & breast confusion.
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Hi Child girl 6 is breathing through mouth for last 6 months but since 15 days the same has aggravated. Finally she has enlarged adenoids which are not responding with antibiotics. Any effective nasal drop for relieving pressure in nose apart from otrivin or tab or else.

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Jaipur
You may give steam inhalation 2-3 times a day then use Furapray nasal spray twice a day along with Tab.Montair LC Kid once a day,keep body with side during sleep so there wil no nasal obstruction.
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My son premature now 2.5 months (born at 33 weeks compl.) We went for ROP screening, Dr. written in report clock 2 hrs. She said laser treatment is need or not wait one week. I'm really fear about that. I don't know what is laser? Is my son eye vision not good? Kindly advise me drs.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
My son premature now 2.5 months (born at 33 weeks compl.) We went for ROP screening, Dr. written in report clock 2 hr...
Laser surgery, the most common type of ROP surgery, in which small laser beams are used to scar the peripheral retina (also called laser therapy or photocoagulation) cryotherapy, where freezing temperatures are used to scar the peripheral retina. You contact me personally to give more advice based on the report which you upload to me.
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Mere bete ki age 4 years h. Us ki lambai bahot kam hai. Wazan bhi kam hai. Kya karu.

MD - Paediatrics
Pediatrician, Bathinda
Give exact wt, height of child today, and at age of 1, 2, 3 years if age if possible. Also height of parents today.
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My 1 year 7 month old child have trigger thumb on right hand since last month should it be cured by itself or it need any surgical intervention?

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician,
My 1 year 7 month old child have trigger thumb on right hand since last month should it be cured by itself or it need...
Trigger finger is a painful condition that causes the fingers or thumb to catch or lock when bent. In the thumb its called trigger thumb. Trigger finger happens when tendons in the finger or thumb become inflamed. Tendons are tough bands of tissue that connect muscles and bones. How is the thumb position now? wait for some more time or show an ortho.
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My daughter is 4 years old. Mostly 75% she does the urine pass on bed while sleeping on bed at night even after urine out once at night before sleeping. For that what precautions we should take?

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Tumkur
Bedwetting is common till 6 years. It doesn't require any treatment. Avoid water intake after 5pm except for a few sips during meals.
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I had 2 deliveries for both of them water was less but now I am carrying 3rd it is 8th month and baby moment is good enough does that mean there is no water problem this time. Thanks.

MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
I had 2 deliveries for both of them water was less but now I am carrying 3rd it is 8th month and baby moment is good ...
You must have gone for ultrasonography at 36 weeks that will show the liquor volume if not gone go for iit
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My son is 7.5yrs. He shatters his teeth a lot at. I guess the term is called bruxism. Is there any remedy. And what are the drawbacks.

MDS Endodontist
Dentist, Delhi
My son is 7.5yrs. He shatters his teeth a lot at. I guess the term is called bruxism. Is there any remedy. And what a...
Nite bruxism can be of two types. Day and night also called diurnal n nocturnal. It can be a result of several things one of them being stress. Cold etc. Yes there are treatments. Dentists usually make customised mouth guards for the patient t to wear so that it prevents dental damage. And try n reach the source of the problem to counsel them out of it. The habit has to broken to prevent temperomandibular joint dysfunctions mpds that is pain in jaw opening joint n jaw. Teeth wear. Tooth decay. Loss of vertical height due to that. Etc. It would be highly recommended you take him to a good oral pathologist or a pedodontist or a multi speciality dental clinic so that they may help you deal with the problem well good luck.
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My son is 2 months old and has only breast milk. His poops are yellow color but it stinks and it is sticky. Also he does not poop everyday, he poops after two or three days.

MD - Homeopathy, MS - Counselling and Psychotherapy, BHMS
Homeopath, Surat
My son is 2 months old and has only breast milk. His poops are yellow color but it stinks and it is sticky. Also he d...
Avoid taking any other medications avoid outside supportives like ceralac etc etc powders keep regular homoeopathic medication after every vaccinations give hime this homoeopathic medicines 1. Alumina 1m - 3pilss alternate night 2. Rubrum 30 - tds for 2wks 3. Calp phos 3x-2tabs tds for 2wks if problem persists revert me in private.
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BDS (GOLD MEDALIST)
Dentist, Jamshedpur
The tiny tots must use a toothbrush with a small rounded brush head and soft bristles. It helps in cleaning their milk teeth thoroughly.
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My wife periods not come from last 3 months so how I can do something for her. Because I do not want baby I already have a baby of 5 months..

DNB (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Amravati
My wife periods not come from last 3 months so how I can do something for her. Because I do not want baby I already h...
If your wife is feeding your baby then this could be normal variation. But mothers may conceive second. Time during lactation so get her urine pregnancy test done. If positive then consult gynecologist.
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My 2 month old son sleeps the whole day and cry the whole night. Is it normal? I'M very tired of this.

M.D.Pediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Mumbai
My 2 month old son sleeps the whole day and cry the whole night. Is it normal?
I'M very tired of this.
Dear mother Try to change the schedule the baby's sleep routine by taking him out in the open and play so that he does not sleep in the evening .otherwise also slowly his sleep hours are going to be lesser in coming months.so donot worry .its normal Happy Mother hood
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My daughter is 3 Yrs 4 Mths old. We r planning to visit abroad where the climate is very cold so I request you to please suggest the medicines which I can carry to treat cough, cold, fever etc. I would be very Thankful to you for your kind suggestion.

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
My daughter is 3 Yrs 4 Mths old. We r planning to visit abroad where the climate is very cold so I request you to ple...
Some time which appears common cold n cough, may be prodromal symptom of disease. Since you r going abroad, it is advisable to take care of cold n not to try self medication. Anyway, you may take with you Paracetamol for fever n Saline nasal drops for nasal block n consult pediatrician.
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My baby had injection in second month on hip. But I heard dis injection is given only on thighs. Also he had fever for 3 days. Is my doctor right?

MBBS, MD
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
My baby had injection in second month on hip. But I heard dis injection is given only on thighs. Also he had fever fo...
Yes triple vaccine/pentax are given on lateral side of. Thigh. Any any injection is given in muscle mass. Do not worry their should not be any nodule, or pain are few days of injection.
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My 10 days son whose weight is 3.7 kg have blood creatinine level is 1.17 mg/dl and blood urea level is 64 mg/dl. Is it kidney disease? If yes please send me treatment advice?

Diploma in Child Health (DCH), F.I.A.M.S. (Pediatrics)
Pediatrician, Muzaffarnagar
My 10 days son whose weight is 3.7 kg have blood creatinine level is 1.17 mg/dl and blood urea level is 64 mg/dl. Is ...
There must be some reason for getting these tested done. To suggest line of management, further details like other investigations, symptoms and signs( personal examination) are nacessary. It shall be best for you to consult a neonatologist.
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I have a 18 Months baby. Doctor told that baby dose not have enough blood in the body. What can I do?

MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Tumkur
I have a 18 Months baby. Doctor told that baby dose not  have enough blood in the body. What can I do?
Get hb% and peripheral blood smear done depending on the type of anemia treatment advice can be given.
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MD - Paediatrics, MBBS
Pediatrician, Faridabad

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