Bad Cough

Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2008 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My 2 1/2 year old has a terrible cough.. started with Croup.. now just an annoying non stop one.. I know we are not supposed to give them any over the counter cold stuff.. but does anyone have any suggestions on how to help him from coughing so he can rest better tonight??

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Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2008

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delsym states do not give to children under 4.. i think they have gone a little over board.. what are we supposed to give our kids.

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My son is 5 now and was diagnosed with asthma between the age of 1 and 2. He started out just like your child with the constant cough, congestion, etc. for his first year of life. He also has HORRIBLE sinuses to this day! Constant post-nasal drip that causes the cough at night a lot of times. He had his adenoids out and a surgical sinus flush done of his maxillary sinuses in his cheeks at the age of 2 and had two good years after and then just had his ethmoid sinuses between his eyes opened up because we have had constant sinus problems the last few months. I say this because you say it seems to be in his head only and been an ongoing issue for you and that is where my sons always seemed to stay and eventually go to his chest and start the cough which kicked up his asthma. At the age of 2, we started doing sinus flushes on him when he had a cold. It was hard to do but it really helped with the junk in his nose and in turn less junk to go to his chest. Doing sinus flushes is much more natural to do and you can use a homemade sinus flush with warm water and salt. Much better than over-the-counter decongestion meds or cough meds. Did his ENT suggest anything about his sinuses and this possibly could be a sinus issue? Also, with the coughing and you having it in the family, it could definitely be an asthma issue too or both? Like others suggested, cool mist humidifiers work well to run by their bed when they sleep and also keep their head elavated if possible. Good luck to you. I know your frustration.

Holly - posted on 12/04/2008

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If you want to stay away from OTC meds...and as many are not recommended for very small children...give a tsp of honey. ONLY GIVE HONEY TO CHILDREN OVER 1 YR OLD. The honey will coat the throat which eases coughing and it also activates the salivary glands which keeps the mouth and throat moist. The first time my Dr. suggested this, I thought "yeah, right" but it really does work. Vicks is also a wonderful help. Best of luck to you and your little one.

Gretchen - posted on 12/05/2008

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My daughter developed asthma as a side effect of severe acid reflux - hers was mainly exercise-induced, and she couldn't play longer than ten minutes without coughng so hard she puked. The docs put her on cingulair, (Chewables!!), and it worked wonders!! No more coughing, and she has outgrown the asthma. Also, I worked in a small-town convenient store during the first six years of her life, and a lot of people always told me I needed more plants in the house. I finally got a huge peace lily and put it right in her room, and you know what? I noticed a difference in all of us! My daughter only got colds about half as often, and her breathing at night was lots better. Good Luck!!

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CamillE - posted on 02/20/2011

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i would like to know if vicks causes swelling of adenoids? my daughter is three and is also sickle cell anemia! so she usually gets cough very often and runny nose etc.

Cindy - posted on 12/05/2008

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My daughter had a cold, and with it, she would wake up in the morning and have coughing. I started putting a humidifier in her room at night, and it has worked wonders. This time of year the air is just drier, and it helps A LOT. I leave her bedroom door open the tiniest crack, and that keeps the humidified air in her room. Its great.

Michelle - posted on 12/05/2008

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Hi Jennifer, it is best to take your son to your doctor as it could be something other than croup. My son has asthma which was diagnosed about 1.5years ago, it started with a cold which developed into a constant cough, we now have an asthma plan and I am able to manage it well (my son's asthma is usually well controlled now but does become an issue if he has a cold). If your son has a cold, the mucous could be running down the back of his throat, causing him to cough, sometimes Demazin helps dry up the secretions. Over the counter cough medicines are dangerous. If unsure you should always seek medical advice.

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My son is this way as well. He will go for months on end with a cough. He just got over a 2 month spell this past week. He has asthma. it wasn't officially diagnosed because the breathing tests do not give acurate readings for a child under 6.

OTC cough meds do not work. I have tried Vics on the feet and cover with socks. it doesn't get rid of the cough, but it does help ease the severity. so please try it.

also, i used a Vics steam vaporizer with Vics steam inhalant in the med cup. ran it every night. that seemed to help as well. none of these remedies will get rid of the cough entirely, though. our pediatric allergy/asthma specialist had to give my son prednisone & Zithromax to get rid of the cough, and ease the irritation in his bronchial passages. but my son is 5yrs old. it may not be indicated for a 2 1/2yr old.

i would suggest bringing him to a pediatric pulminologist to have him checked out.

Stephanie - posted on 12/04/2008

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My son gets like that. I've tried the vicks thing but it never worked. The only thing we use is robitussin and my son's 1 1/2 (the dr. said it was alright). He has been doing fine with it and it works great.

Kristyn - posted on 12/04/2008

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Jennifer,



The can't actually do an asthma test on your child, they usually only do it for kids 6 and over, however, when I have brought my daughter to the dr's 9 times out of 10 they can hear a wheezing when I can't. that is one tell tale sign. Unfortunately if asthma is in your family the risk runs higher that he may have it.

Kristyn - posted on 12/04/2008

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Hi Jennifer,



My daughter had the exact same thing, first croup and then a very constant, consistant cough that was keeping her up at night, come to find out it was/is asthma.

The cough at night and heavy breathing is almost a tell tale sign of asthma.

We were told to use over the counter cough medicine but it did NOTHING, again, because it was asthma.



I would surely get him to a dr he may need to be on puffers to open his airway!



Good Luck!

Deni - posted on 12/04/2008

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There have also been recent outbreaks of Whooping Cough/Pertussis around the country. I would definately see your pediatrician before you give anything.

Kristine - posted on 12/04/2008

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My son was 7 at the time and they just did a breathing test on him to see if his cough improved or not and then they had him try a nebulizer and then go back to the doctor in a couple weeks. I am sure different doctor do it differently and I am also sure that it depends on the age of the child too but it should be a fairly simple process. My friends son was diagnosed when the doctor came in the room and clapped his hands and her son didn't flinch. Her son was only 6 months old. I would talk to your doctor about that possibility.

Jessica - posted on 12/04/2008

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Croup is the worst at night..it is just how it works. Hot moist air will work to get moisture into his lungs. The bathroom will work...but it is difficult. I have a 5 year old that we dealt with this for 3 consecutive years every time he even got a cold it would go straight to his chest. My doctor prescribed xopenex and pulmocort breathing treatments. This does require a visit to the doctor,but unless he is in distress ie.. difficulty or rapid breathing, you notice that he is using his muscles in his lower chest or upper abdomen to breath or he is pale in color either lips or nail beds try the bathroom otherwise you may need to seek attention earlier. They are so much fun.

Kris - posted on 12/04/2008

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Also you could try cold air a humidifier. We have the same problem and the doctor wants us to use the humidifier with propping him up. Or take him to the smallest bathroom and shut the door, turn on the hot water and let the steam help him. During our Croup boughts they say do it for 20 minutes. We never have lasted that long in the bathroom, but at long as you and the baby can stand it. I hope that helps.



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Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2008

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There is a lot of ashma in my family-- so definately not ruling that out as a possibility.. how do you get a diffinative diagnosis?

Wendy - posted on 12/04/2008

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Sorry about the bad info on Delsym. My bottle is left from early this spring and it says kids 2-6 can have 1/2 tsp every 12 hours. Maybe it has changed since I got mine!

Kristine - posted on 12/04/2008

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My son had a lot of coughing a couple years ago. Seemed like he would get this non-stop cough about every other month or so. We finally took him to the doctor and he was diagnosed with asthma. The doc said that when children are sick that often and have that bad of a cough it is usually asthma. Could that be something that is possible maybe? I know this won't help you right now but we found that having a non-toxic home and giving natural products helped him a lot. The only time he has a problem now is when he actually gets a cold. I was like you and did not want to give him anything over the counter (you are always hearing things about medicines being recalled) so I wanted something safe. We joined this great online company and I would be happy to share the details with you. It has helped many people and it can also save you money on your everyday household and personal care needs. Contact me at kakjmk@yahoo.com if you want to know more. Hope he gets better soon!!

Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2008

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thanks i will have my husband get some delsym and vicks on the way home..

Wendy - posted on 12/04/2008

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Do they say Delsym is bad, now? That's how my son survived last winter. One dose at 7am when he woke up and one dose at 7pm when we were getting ready for bed. It has dosing for kids 2 and up. He started with a cough that everybody said was "croupy" and did the albuterol thing, too. Finally, we just lived on Delsym! Hope that helps!

Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2008

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this child has been allergy tested.. not that.. he has gotten his adenoids & tonsils removed.. his cold have improved.. but he gets them so bad even still.. has anyone given benedryl for sleep.. supposed to be safer?? this one seems to be in his head only.. we have albuteral as well. given once breething impaired.. it doesn't seem that bad yet. it is just this post nasal drip annoying cough...

Laura - posted on 12/04/2008

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My 3 year old has had allergies since he was a newborn and his colds turn into weeks and weeks of coughing fits! His pediatrician says it is related to allergies. So he prescribed Albuterol (works pretty well) for the coughing and Childrens Claridin for the rest. Could it be allergy related?

Stephanie - posted on 12/04/2008

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I would see your doctor to make sure there isn't any underlying problem that's causing the cough, especially if it's a rough chesty cough. If the cough gets worse when he lies down you could try propping him up with some extra pillows. I can appreciate that you don't want to over medicate your child, but if it's that bad then you may need it.

Brenda - posted on 12/04/2008

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I keep hearing (or rather reading) that vicks vapor rub on the feet will knock out a cough

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