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Please can you assist, my 6 year old son, has just woke in

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Please can you assist, my 6 year old son, has just woke in the middle of the night with a terrible cough that sounds more like a dog barking. His temperature seems normal, he is complaining that his throat feels blocked.
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it sounds like he could have a croup cough which is a viral infection of the voice box which can cause a bark like cough
you should bring him to see a doctor.
he might benefit from over the counter robitussin or mucinex or delsyn cough medications which can be bought at local pharmacy or drug store.
make sure he drinks enough fluids.
if over the counter cough medications don't work, then his doctor will have to prescribe stronger cough medications
make sure he has vaccinations to whooping cough as well
let me know if you have questions.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the response, here is where is gets a little tricky we are currently an expat family living in Guinea, West Africa. The doctors and medical facilities are not great but we can get hold of almost any kind of medicine from the pharmacies
try to get cough medications like robitussin or mucinex or delsyn cough medications to see if they help
usually croup cough will get better on its own.
make sure he drinks plenty of fluids and water.
let me know if you have other questions.
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