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My 5-month-old baby makes a grunting sound with cough and vomiting. Please help.

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Published At June 30, 2021
Reviewed AtAugust 4, 2021

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My baby is 5-months-old. His birth weight was 3.160 kgs. Last month we went to the doctor as he was breathing loud and could hear dry sounds from the chest. He was prescribed antibiotics for a respiratory tract infection. After one week again the same problem. We took an X-ray as suggested and prescribed medicines for three days. Now he vomits, and even during burb, he vomits. The same grunting sound, along with cough, is there. It looks like something is there in his throat. I am sure he is not spitting. Will this condition continue? I have attached reports for your reference. Please guide me.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern. Firstly initial diagnosis of bronchiolitis was made (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), which means the baby might have had some wheeze at that time. And the baby was treated. It is a transient condition, and I doubt the second episode of bronchiolitis will occur again. So this time, if you are sure it is not spit up and if the baby is grunting especially then, I would strongly recommend you to have a formal check-up with a pediatrician and to have oxygen level checked too. If the baby is active and happy, then one of the above info you mentioned is wrong. If the baby is dull, poor feeding, and has difficulty breathing, especially chest indrawing and grunting, please go to the hospital immediately. I hope this helps you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sudhakar Palanisamy
Dr. Sudhakar Palanisamy


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