My 4-year-old baby has been suffering from a dry cough for three months and a fever once a week. Please help.

Q. How long does it take for a dry cough to resolve in a child?

Answered by
Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 11, 2023 and last reviewed on: Mar 15, 2023

Hi doctor,

My 4-year-old baby has a dry cough since three months and fever once a week.

Kindly advice.



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I understand your concern.

Please get the child's complete blood count (CBC), C-reactive protein (CRP quantitative), and chest X-ray done. Further management will depend on these reports.

Till then please check the temperature with a thermometer. If the temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, I suggest giving syrup Crocin DS (Paracetamol) (240 mg/ml) (dose as per the child's weight) SOS 4 to 6 hourly. If the temperature is 102 degrees Fahrenheit or more, I suggest giving syrup Ibugesic plus (Paracetamol and Ibuprofen) (dose as per the child's weight) SOS 6 to 8 hourly. If the temperature stays above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for more than three days or if the temperature crosses 103 degrees Fahrenheit, it is advisable to get evaluated physically by a pediatrician with possible blood investigations based on physical examination.

For coughing, I suggest syrup Levolin (Levosalbutamol, Ambroxol, and Guaifenesin) twice a day for five to seven days.

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