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My baby, 7 months, has been congested since friday. Looks

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My baby, 7 months, has been congested since friday. Looks like he has a cold. i suction him and do the nasal drops. He is feeding fine, not refusing to feed but has been struggling a little because of congestion. He seems energetic and not as tired as he did 2 days ago. But the congestion persists. Should I wait or take him to the doctor? (I am worried about whether or not its the RSV and am worried about secondary infections like pneumonia). He does not have a fever and he is smiling and his activity is almost normal, he is a wee bit tired.
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Is the respiration rapid than before?
Does he cough?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

He is coughing occasionally but its not a phlegmy cough. His respiration when he is sleeping is normal. about 30-32/min. He originally used to be at about 24-30. (I have an appointment with his pediatrician on the 9th for his flu shot)

RSV infection needs supportive measures.
Yes it is true that sometimes secondary infection can develop in post viral period.
As he does not cough much, respiration is good and no other symptoms, you can wait.
If he develops fever or cough increases, then you should take him to doctor to have an examination of chest and throat.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

if he has pneumonia he will have a fever > 101, correct?

if i have a stethoscope can i do a prelim check myself?

Do you work in medical field?
Are you trained?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Nope. I was wondering if you can guide me on what to listen for.

Without experience & training, you would not be able to listen to those sounds.
Normally there are breath sounds & to listen to abnormal sounds needs much training.
Fever may not be high always in pneumonia.
You can see the rate of breathing.
If it increases more than you see usually, then you need to be cautious.
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