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My infant has chest retractions due to severe cold. Should I be worried?

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Answered by

Dr. Simy Mathew

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Sowmiya D

Published At November 28, 2017
Reviewed AtFebruary 20, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My 24 days old baby is suffering from a cold which retracts her chest, making noisy breathing sound liƙe there is thick mucus in the chest. The doctor has now placed her on Cefixime suspension 2.5 mL twice daily. We are using Amoxicillin suspension, but there is still no improvement. Do you have any suggestions?

Answered by Dr. Simy Mathew


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I suggest you get a chest X-ray and a blood test to know the level of infection rather than changing the antibiotics. Along with antibiotics, I suggest you give her nebulizations. Also, if she has got chest retractions, check her saturation level. If it is below 95 percent, she needs to be admitted to the hospital. She would have initially had a viral infection. But, there can be a secondary bacterial infection. In small babies, most of the time, it is viral, for which antibiotics are not required. Your baby is most probably having bronchiolitis.

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

Dr. Simy Mathew
Dr. Simy Mathew


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