my daughter wont stop coughing need advice x

Rebecca - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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i have a 16 month old daughter the past 5 weeks all she has done is cough it sounds really chesty i have had her the doctors numerous times now firstly they said it was a chest infection so she was put on antibiotics they didnt work so had a second dose which the doctor informed had done the trick but she is still coughing it sounds nasty she keeps waking through the night due to it and sometimes vomits im getting rather concerned about it but not sure what to do does anyone have any advice for me? x

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Tina - posted on 03/20/2011

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when I was a child I was taken to the docters to be told I only had a virus. Later that night we went to the hospital and it turned out I had neumonia.

User - posted on 03/18/2011

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can she due breathing treat ments if not try right before she goes to bed give her a warm shower with you the steam will open her up then put vapor rub on her chest and back and when you put her to bed make shure shes proped up and shell sleep

Jen - posted on 03/18/2011

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i would try the hospital the doctors told my bf neice she had a chest infection she went four days later to the hospital and she has a lung infection she finally been given the right meds to recover at home

Amy - posted on 03/18/2011

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we just dealt with something similar and doc said that if ears are stuffed it can cause continual coughing until it's cleared. not sure if that's what you're dealing with since you said it was chesty.

last time ours was a "can't kick it" cough, we found mold from a rotting board in the house. here we were all showing allergies to the mold growing. ick.

hoping it gets better.

Ruby - posted on 03/18/2011

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yes i 11month old son was doing the same thing and i took him to his doctor and told her what was going on and she put him on a nubulizer i think thats how you spell it in other words a breathing machine and he has to use it every 4 to six hours but you can also try this until you can make it to the doctor you can go in your bathroom and turn the shower on let the bathroom steam up and bring her in there and close the door and let her breath in some of the steam it should work but ask the doctor about the breathing machine

Tina - posted on 03/17/2011

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maybe try taking her to the hospital emergency room when she is bad like you say so they can see for themselves what she's like. They should take x rays if they haven't already.

User - posted on 03/17/2011

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my daughter gets like that during allergy season, i took her to a pediatric respiratory dr and he gave her some singular and after two days the meds were working and we only have to use it in spring time.

Rebecca - posted on 03/17/2011

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thanks i just get worried its not a dry cough its more of a chesty cough it sounds horrible x

Jodi - posted on 03/16/2011

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Is it a dry cough or a phlemmy cough?



I am not sure where you live, but I am in Australia, and it seems there has been a virus going around that comes with a nasty cough. We've all had it. it was so bad, they tested my daughter for whooping cough (it's a simple scraping of the mouth), because that has been going around too, but she was clear. The cough isn't on the chest, but it did have a bit off a whoop with it. But I have since spoken to a lot of people, and the virus going around right now just seems to have a cough that hangs on and on.

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Have they mentioned the possibility of an allergy? My girls had a cough and snot almost constantly for a year and a half until we discovered what they were allergic too (our laundry soap) and were able to eliminate it. They used allergy meds, but they only worked sometimes.



I coughed day and night constantly for 3.5 years straight before I went to the doctor. 2 weeks on an inhaler and I was cured, but I can still get coughing fits when I am exposed to cigarette smoke.



I hope you can get it figured out!

Rebecca - posted on 03/16/2011

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hey thanks it been around the 5 to 6 week mark now and no sign of this cough getting any better at all she isnt in any day care as i am a full time mother just feels like the doctors are fobbing me off a bit 3 different doctors she has seen now x

Amy - posted on 03/16/2011

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Is she wheezing? My 1 year old had RSV, respitory something virus. She was wheezing when she got coughing and had a cough for a couple of weeks. They test for it by suctioning out there nose with a boogie bulb and tube and send whatever they suck out away to be tested. Our doctor chose not to treat it but we'll have to keep an eye on her in the future and may require a nebulizer or inhaler down the road. The doctor told us that the cough could last for as long as 3 months. It maybe something to ask about, apparently most children in daycare are exposed to it at some point but she's not in daycare and she got sick first before passing it onto her older brother and myself. Goodluck hopefully you figure out what's wrong with your little one it's not fun seeing them sick.

Rebecca - posted on 03/16/2011

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im jut so worried about her she has seen 3 doctors in total now the last doctor that saw her the other week said her chest was clear it kind of feels like im being fobbed off by them she is hardly sleeping at all one of my friends commented last night that her cough ounds really nasty unsure wether to just take hr up to the hospital now or wait untill tomorrow just want to find out why on earth she is still like this x

Krista - posted on 03/16/2011

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Have you just brought her to the one doctor? If so, I would go get a second opinion. 5 weeks is a long time for a cough like that, and if it were just a bronchial infection, it should have cleared up by now. In the meantime, try giving her some honey mixed with a bit of fresh lemon juice, to soothe her throat, and make sure she has lots of fluids.

When she breathes in after coughing, if it makes a whooping sound, bring her to the ER right away.

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