2yr old wont stop coughing

Glenrose - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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3 weeks ago my daughter was sneezing running nose and coughing for 10 days i took her to gp who checked her chest but while she was checking her chest she was screaming very loud (she doesnt like GP'S) and the gp said she was fine, i just need to keep an eye on her temperature, her temparature is fine but the coughing is just too much especially @ night and leads to vomiting its been 3 weeks now , i gave her calpol and cough mixture and they are finish. do i take her back to gp even though her temparature is fine?she is still playing nicely during the day dont know what to do

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Teresa - posted on 02/22/2010

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I've not had the time to read through every ones comments yet, I'm sure they've been helpful, but my two cents is to have her rechecked again, or with another Dr. My youngest was sick with coughing for over a month and each time we took her in the Doc, didn't find an infection. One night it was so bad I took her to Urgent care. The Doctor there said he didn't see an infection and decided to take a shot in the dark and give her a breathing treatment with albuterol via a nebulizer. Sure enough the cough cleared right up. With that in the bag he told us that my daughter had Asthma probably triggered by an allergy of some sort. So now she takes Singular every night and breathing treatments in the Spring when her coughing starts back up (when the honeysuckle blooms)

Jessica - posted on 02/15/2010

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humidifier at night with eucalyptus oil in the the part for the vapor rub stuff...

spoonful of honey

if you like home remedies, you can also make a cough syrup with honey garlic yellow onion. heat it all up in a saucepan then strain out the garlic and onion and serve warm by the spoonful (yellow onion helps a LOT with coughs, and garlic will help if there's any infection in there)

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Tracee - posted on 02/23/2010

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McKenzee is the same way;but,it's mostly mucus (flem) that has her coughing. She has allergies and the weather is always changing. I would go back to the Dr office or call and let them know. Hope she gets better (McKenzee too).

Rachel - posted on 02/21/2010

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I had the same problem with my 2 youngest kid (2&5) and discovered they bother suffer hayfever without the sneezing, and all the gunk running down their throats caused them to cough constantly and sound like they had many horrible things going on ha ha so was really pleased it was just hayfever. I use liquid Loratadine and it seems to work really well for them. Good luck. Constant coughing can cause hernia's so please be careful (oldest one had one and not fun). As advice goes ya better to be safe than sorry GP all the way, but Plunket may also be able to assist?

Crystal - posted on 02/21/2010

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definitely definitely take her back .... my 16 month old had rsv and ended up i nthe hospital for 4 days becuz the doc said it was fine and it really wasnt ... and it happened the same way ... he couched so much to the point of vomitting, which was also at night, and he seemed almost perfectly fine during the day. Hes now on inhalers becuz of it. While in hospital, they scared him to the point of panic attacks because they were medicating him by nebulizer every hour .... if its rsv you want it taken care of now before it gets too bad ... sounds to me like its a minor case of bronchular asthma tho ..... which also wont clear itself up ...

Rachel - posted on 02/21/2010

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Hope your daughter is well now! Any time my son comes down with runny nose and bad cough, I take him immediately because I know he has developed an ear infection. Then, he'll start with the vomiting. Did they check her ears?

Emily - posted on 02/20/2010

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We went through a "coughing till she threw-up" phase around the time my daughter was 12 months old. After several trips to the doctor (over the course of two months) we ended up at the emergency room late one night and they tested her for Pertussis "Whooping Cough". Her test was negative, but they said it might have been positive if she had been tested earlier. We get all regular vaccinations, but she wasn't old enough to complete that DTAP series and they said she could have been infected by an un-vaccinated child. Find a website where you can listen to a Pertussis cough. It's pretty distinctive and you would recognize it if that's what it is.

Crystal - posted on 02/20/2010

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It could be a mild case of ashma. My daughter coughed for three months before I saw a different dr who said she had a mild case of ashma. Sometime the only clue they have is a cough. I put her on albuteral and within a month she was fine.

Berre - posted on 02/19/2010

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Have you tried a humidifier or Steaming up your bathroom and just sitting in there for her. Or if the coughing is going along wth vomitting see if its sometype of reflux. My son is like that they put him on a reflux medicine he's 4. Before that when he had a cough like a barking seal its was diagnosed as croup and they told me about doing the steamy bathroom and letting him just breath in the steam hope you figure it out.

Brandy - posted on 02/19/2010

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I've kind of skimmed the answers and haven't seen anyone mention this - my daughter has allergies and it's the runny nose that makes her cough. There is no real congestion. She doesn't need her medicine every day, but it clears up once she takes her allergy medicine for about a week. I know I hate taking her to the doctor and there is nothing they can do, b/c I feel stupid then, but they truly can't do anything when there is no fever or sign of anything worse.

Julia - posted on 02/19/2010

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It is so hard when your little ones are suffering and you can't do much to help. My son who is 2 1/2 now, has had many coughing spells like you are talking about. It is important, and you should do something. My son's doctor told us to start the shower and get it really hot to where it steams up the bathroom, and take him inside. That helps break up the mucus that is building in the chest. After several times of us calling the Dr. they gave us a nebulizer that will help him be able to catch his breath, and also help break up that mucus. Hopefully this helps. Good luck!!

Glenrose - posted on 02/19/2010

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hi

i have been monitering my lil gal very closely,and moved her to our bed to check on her breathing @ night i took some of the advice, running the shower,keeping her warm and took her outside for fresh air and it has worked she is fine now just running nose , the problem now she doesnt want to go back to her own bed lol

Kimberly - posted on 02/19/2010

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I would definately get s second opinion or go back to the original doctor and say that something is just not right. I had problems with my son having terrible coughs when he was younger and I had to take him to a million different doctors and pediatricians before he was actually helped. He had to go on a nebuliser every time he got sick because he had so much build up of stuff in his lungs that he could not get over it by himself. You may also want to suggest allergy tests because a cough can sometimes be a result of either a food or airborn allergy. For when he is actually having a hard time you can try taking him outside and the cold air is supposed to help.

Jamie - posted on 02/19/2010

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It's all up to you! If you want i'd say get a 2nd opinion. My child had a lot of stomach probs and dr said it's the flu well come to find out it wasen't and he had to have surgery so trust you gut! Do what you think is best.... Not sayn that your child will need med attn like mine but jus tryn to get my point across. Hope all is well

Jacquelyn - posted on 02/19/2010

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Our entire house, my 2 year old, 6 year, my husband, and I have had the cough for maybe 4 weeks now. We all went to the doctor, son and husband had a chest x-ray and nothing. It's just a virus that won't go away. I have run into a lot of people going through the same thing. We have all gotten better, but it's still there annoying the heck out of us! Good luck.

Gema - posted on 02/18/2010

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I have a 4yr old who was like that for 4 month. Finally they did a chest xray to make sure he did not have a walking phemonia the doctor gave he did not but still gave him rx arthromyicin and nasanex a nasel spray and with in 2 wks it was gone. It is vey hard as parents to see our kids sick that long I took mine to the doctor so much and he cont. Gave him steriods for his cough until I told him no more and we need to get to the bottom of this and I put in a reg. For a chest xray. I replied by phone so sorry for any mis spelling words the text is so small.

Glenrose - posted on 02/18/2010

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wow i guess as a mom you learn every day thank-you very much for all your advise

Esper - posted on 02/15/2010

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put vicks vaporub at the bottom of her feet then put on socks before going to bed. I don't know why but it WORKS like magic. You can also put vicks vaporub on steaming hot water (not boiling) just enough for her to inhale the steam and also have a humidifier in her room. I hope these helps and if you need more info, the company I work with have these amazing products for cough and cold, actually almost for everything. Good luck

Melissa - posted on 02/14/2010

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might be a bronchial infection? My daughter is going through the same thing, except its only been 1 week. Doc said today that if it gets worse or more persistant that we would have to test for an infection.

Laura - posted on 02/13/2010

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I would also take your child back to the Dr's. It is your child what I would do is also get some mentheladium err forget how to spell it but it's mentheladium for kids cherry chest rub and rub it on his back and chest and on his throat. Put him in cotton jammies and make sure you prop him up the best you can. Also I would get him checked out for RSV. Also do you possibly live by somewhere that has standing water all the time? I used to get that as a child and it was from standing water and I was sick as long as we lived there. I would check that out as well. Good luck.

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It wouldn't hurt to take her back to the GP, she may have allergies or RSV or perhaps needs persciption meds to get rid of whatever it is, so just to be safe. I'm not a Dr. but I was told for my son's croup cough to let him sit in the bathroom with me while I shower so the steam would loosen the mucus, and it did work. Fresh air is good too. good luck.

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I'm going through the same thing with my son. He just started throwing up last night. I haven't taken him to the doctor yet because I really don't like being treated like I'm wasting their time when I bring him in for something I think is important that they think is nothing.

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