Chronic cough

Chrystal - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter Cheyenne is 4 years old. She has had a cough on and off since August 2009. I am not talking about a simple cough. I mean a repeated cough with short intervals of maybe a minute to 5 minutes in between. The coughing spells can last as long as 3 hours at a time with out a break. Some times she coughs so much that she vomits. The vomit is mostly mucous when she does this. I have been to her pediatrician several times about this. He has taken x-rays of her lungs and he says they look fine. He says it is nothing to worry about and that all we can do is treat the symptoms. He has given her a nebulizer for albuterol treatments and C-phen ( phenegan w/ codeine ) cough syrup. Both of which have failed to control her cough. I live in Florida so the air is already humidified. I feel so frustrated that she is up most nights unable to sleep due to this cough. I also feel sad for her when I don't have an answer when she asks why she coughs the way she does. I know it is not CF, but that is all I know. Also no one smokes around her. We do have cats, but there is no sneezing involved. Does anyone have any information that might help?

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Kristin - posted on 11/09/2013

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DAIRY DAIRY DAIRY.

Eliminate all dairy for a month and see what happens. I mean even cheese crackers. Just try it. My son in 6 and he is finally med free after 5 long years of nebulizers, sinus surgery (he was 4), hospitalizations, inhalers, nasal sprays, chewables, cough syrup, humidifiers, Nasal irrigation, doctor visits and sleepless nights. We took him off of dairy, went to an Integrative Health Specialist, and got him tested and he was severely sensitive to dairy and eggs. So we took him off of eggs too. Almost 1 year free of all and any meds and he never coughs!!!!!!!! DAIRY is the devil for some kids. Try it, you have nothing to lose.

Moshira - posted on 01/31/2010

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My kids cough when they eat anything with coconut and when they drink most juices. I use a mixture of honey, apple cider vinegar and it works like a dream. They hate the taste but i add double the honey. It gets rid of the flem and the cough.

Crystal - posted on 01/31/2010

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Have her checked for asthma and allergies. My son coughed for about 6 months and was on round after round of amoxacillan . The doctors finally diagnosed him with allergies and asthma. He's now on meds every day is is great. Hope this helps!!

Penny - posted on 01/27/2010

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My 4 yo DD also has a cough for long periods at a time. My Ped said that they don't diagnose asthma until at least 5. One thing that has def helped is the Triaminic Flowing Vapors Mentholated Cherry Aroma sold in most grocery stores. My house is damp as well and this really has worked. I want to say it costs only 9$'s, and she is able to sleep, YAY!!! HTH, Penny

Lisa - posted on 01/27/2010

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Chrystal, take her to the pediatrician and ask that she be swabbed for whooping cough. I, myself, had this a few years ago. I was to the dr several times during a 6 month period and was told it was a persistant cough. I was reading on the internet, trying to figure out what was wrong with me and found that. I asked to be swabbed for Whooping Cough and it was positive. I don't know where you're from, but whooping cough is becoming more and more common. As soon as you said it can go on for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours and caused her to throw up, that's exactly what it sounds like...I was there and my heart breaks for anyone who has to go through this for months. Please let me know what you find out.

Michelle - posted on 01/27/2010

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Maybe try to cut her dairy intake and see if that helps. Thats all I can think of, sorry.

Emma - posted on 01/27/2010

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It could very well be a cat allergy. My stepdaughter didn't sniffle too much around my cat but she had a nasty cough, which would keep her up for hours. I got a Vicks Vaporizer for her room, an air purifier, and gave her some allergy medicine. Benadryl works best at night because of the drowsiness but only lasts 6 hours, Aerius works for 12 hours and does the same job. She now only gets the nasty cough when the seasons change and thats when we do allergy medicine and the vaporizer. I hope this helps.

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