Beth - posted on 10/07/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )
So I am at the end of my rope with this and Im wondering if any has any advice. Ill start at the beginning. When my daughter was 6 months old she got a cough. A really bad one. It lasted so long and was so bad so doctors said "oh she has asmtha" So they had me blow a nebulizer into her face several times a day. No good. They continued and when she was about 2 we tried an inhaler. No difference. These werent normal coughs, she sounds like a 60 year old chain smoker, and the volume! Oh my gosh, I swear the neighbors can hear her. Noone else in the family gets "the cough" even if were all sick. Ive never heard anyone else with it. The thing is she can go all day and cough a few times and then the minute her head hits the pillow, it starts. NOTHING works. Ive had her to the doctor for this like 10 times. Shes 7 now. Other than the asmtha stuff weve tried Vicks,Hot Throat Coat Tea,Roditussin,All Natural Cough Syrup, Honey, a meal, Raising the head of the bed, a humidifier, codeine, benadryl,loratidine, guafinesin. Now I know coughing is a normal thing but this cough is different. Our entire extended family is familiar with it. Everyone knows no sleepovers when shes got "IT" In fact weve given the cough a name,"Butch" Pretty much just so I can yell at it without making my daughter feel bad. Right now me and my husband and other 2 young children have the same cold as her we have the same stuffy nose but we have a few coughs once in awhile. Not her. She hacked and hacked for hours until she was almost vomiting and her throat was raw, and I couldnt do anything!! We had to move her to the couch in the middle of the night cause she was waking up her sister. She then proceeded to "bark" and hack until dawn keeping us and her baby brother awake. It is so loud and intense, and it kinda scares me. Its really affecting our quality of life. Vacations are out of the question as shed keep us and EVERY ONE else up with her infernal HACKING. Oh and she gets this cough literally every other week in the winter and it lasts at least 5 days. So pretty much constant. Does anyone know what to do? Has anyone had this problem and had it solved with tonsil removal? Were so desperate well do anything!! Doctors have been useless and just say "oh its postnasal drip" Oh OK real helpful. PLEASE ANYONE??