persistant cough

Jade - posted on 11/14/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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my 9 month old boy has had a persistant cough for a month now. We've been to the doctors 3 times and he's been on anti biotics but it still hasnt helped. He gets to the stage where he coughs so much and so hard he projectiles everything he has eaten. I've popped his bed up and the vaporiser is in his room, I've given him nurofen but nothing is working. He hardly gets any sleep because of it.. I'm going to take him back to the doctors whenever I can get in this week but does anyone have any advice?

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Krista - posted on 11/14/2009

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I swear if I hear another person telling someone to give their young child allergy medication when it hasn't been prescribed by a physician I'm going to lose it. Do NOT and I repeat DO NOT give your child allergy or cough and cold medication. There are ingredients in those medications that have been linked with SERIOUS complications for children and should only be given when recommended by a doctor.
Also, baby vicks exasperates a cough. Any vicks does that. It's mostly meant for a stuffy nose.
Ask your doctor about the possibility of asthma which often times comes with allergies. I had this as a child. He may offer you a ventilator to clear your child's airways. You could also attempt to get a second opinion if you aren't happy with what he's doing or saying.

Oh, and one more thing....you aren't supposed to give a child that young honey.

Jamie - posted on 11/14/2009

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My daughter has been sick for a little while now. She got the swine flu, pneumiona, and bronchits (sp??) now. So it has been worrying me about the cough and finally this last time we went to the drs, they gave my daughter a breathing treatment machine which makes it a lot better on her when she has those spells of coughing or hard time breathing. I would just talk to your dr and let him or her know what is happening and maybe mention a breathing machine for him. Its a cute little machine not big all and its pretty easy to use. hope this helps

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Deena - posted on 02/26/2012

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Kimberly - posted on 11/17/2009

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My son had this problem as well. We were given a prescription for pulmicort and salbutamol and he was given it via nebuliser. The nebuliser is expensive but well worth it. I would definately keep going in and being persistant. It took a while before we got the help we needed which made him getting over it that much worse. They don't usually diagnose asthma until around the age of 3 so they never tell you what the problem is exactly. We saw a few different doctors, a pediatrician, and had x-rays of his chest done. We also had him tested for allergies as this can be a cause. Eventually we were told that unfortunately some kids are just like this and that the only thing we can do is start treatment as soon as any sign of a cough comes on and continue it until a few days after it gets better. Sometimes he was on treatments for months. When he is coughing try taking him outside into the cool air it can help him regulate his breathing. Good luck I know how frusterating this can be.

ERICA - posted on 11/17/2009

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Quoting Jade:

persistant cough

my 9 month old boy has had a persistant cough for a month now. We've been to the doctors 3 times and he's been on anti biotics but it still hasnt helped. He gets to the stage where he coughs so much and so hard he projectiles everything he has eaten. I've popped his bed up and the vaporiser is in his room, I've given him nurofen but nothing is working. He hardly gets any sleep because of it.. I'm going to take him back to the doctors whenever I can get in this week but does anyone have any advice?



my daughter had the same thing and she would cough for months. she has croup. it helps if you give the baby a warm bath to loosen up the chest. she is now 9 years old and still has flare ups. if your a smoker i would smoke out of the home and keep using the vaporizer. i know the cough seems like its never going to go away but it does.

User - posted on 11/17/2009

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my little girl did this and it was heart burn, it sounds stupid but its true, she did it for months before my doc gave her zantac, she only had to take it for about 2 months and has never had a problem again. hope this helps

Gwen - posted on 11/17/2009

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could be asthma or allergies. stepson used to cough (especially at night) until they realized he had asthma.

Rabecca - posted on 11/16/2009

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my son had the same issue when he was like 2 he really had a cough that lasted most of the year we were told its a cold it broncittus its just another cold this lasted almost 12 months it would get really bad let up a bit and be really bad again well we ended up taking him to someone else it just seemed like they treated it over and over and it never really helped plus he was always on some kind of med or surup it just seemed lik ehe was always dopped up but after talking him to another doc we discovered he has allergy onset athsma and no cough surup was going to help with that

HEATHER - posted on 11/16/2009

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HAVE YOU HAD HIM CHECKED FOR ASTHMA? MY BOYS HAD IT THAT YOUND JUST CALLED SEASONAL ASTHMA! NOW MY OLDEST WICH IS 7 HAS IT AND THATS WHAT HAPPENS TO HIM HE GETS A BAD COUGH THAT LAST FOR A LONG TIME!

Rentia - posted on 11/16/2009

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Hi Jade!
My baby boy had the same thing when he was 12months old, turned out that he is highly allergic to all Milk Proteins and Egg whites. He coughed and vomited and eventually got croup and laringitis which forced me to get hom checked out. Try keeping your little one off Milk Products (Yoghurt, Milk, Chocolates, Cheese and any products where it states on the label Milk powder etc) as they say that that is a very common allergy. If it improves then you know, if not, suggest you get him tested for other allergies (horrible process thats why I suggest you try to eliminate posibilities yourself first). My little one is now on rice milk (had a reaction with soya as well) and he loves it! You also get a lot of milk alternatives like carob chocolate etc etc. But first find out what's wrong with him. Antibiotics does not help for Bronchitis, as it is a viral infection and not bacterial. Your body's immune system is basically the only thing that can fight a viral infection, you can just make the symptoms a bit easier by treating the symptoms (feaver / runny nose etc) and stock up on fresh veggies and fruits. Please don't ever treat your baby with allergy meds without proper diagnosis and prescription from your doctor. Hope this helps!

Krista - posted on 11/15/2009

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Quoting Ashley:

you dont give your child any sort of cold medicine...i think the age is 2 before you should give them any sort of cold medicine. there is serious stuff in that, that children should not have! trust me i went through this last winter with my son. except the cough was going on 5 months when i FINALLY said something needs to be done. every night we were throwing clothes in the wash because he would projectile vomit with it as well. we went to 3 different doctors and every dr said it would go away. one thing we did when he started coughing before he'd reach the point of vomitting is turn on the hot water in tnhe bathtub and shut the door. bring him in the bathroom and sit on the floor/toilet with him. it takes the cough away instantly. another thing you can try at night is a vaporizer in his room. that seemed to help my son for a bit. when it got to the pt where nothing was working the dr finally prescribed us 2 puffers. one he had twice a day and one was an emergency when he would have a coughing fit. within 2 days his cough was pretty much GONE!!....we had to use the emergency puffers maybe 3 times. he finally slept at night and he stopped coughing. best thing the dr could have ever done for him


The age is actually 6 now.  I've pulled this from an article from the New York Times:



 



"The Poison Control Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently reported on four cases of prolonged hallucinations in children as old as 6 who were given recommended doses of the medicines.



With almost no evidence that they are effective and growing worries that they may be unsafe, a group of prominent pediatricians petitioned the agency earlier this year to consider banning the drugs’ use in young children."



 



So, for those parents that think that cough and cold medications as well as antihistamines are "a-okay" for their kids.....think twice.  And just because YOUR doctor said it was okay for YOUR baby, does not mean it's okay for all.  Which is why I always stress that these types of medications NEED to be prescribed by a doctor.



 

Stacey - posted on 11/15/2009

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have u had him tested for Asthma????? if he wheezes he would prolly have it or bronchides (cant spell it ) im goin 2 get my 4yr old son tested as every morning he wakes up comes to see me & coughes for a while....he also coughes after he plays...Also coz i have asthma so theres a chance he could have it.......yes your son could have allergies but he might have Asthma....id get him checked if u already havent coz asthma is a horrible thing to have

Cindy - posted on 11/15/2009

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get ur house tested for different allergies...he might be allergic to something.

Tracy - posted on 11/15/2009

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My daughter too had a cough nobody could diagnose. It wasn't until I mentioned the fact that asthma runs in the family that she was finally tested when she was about 6! Up until then she'd been sleeping very badly and sick with infections every winter for years. Asthma is on the increase and appearing in younger and younger children. You could try taking the carpet out of the bedroom and putting down a lino/wood surface. I know from a friend whose son had very bad asthma that this can make a huge difference. Keep the room dust free(wet dust the furniture) and vacuum the mattress if you can't afford one of the foam based allergen free ones. Also same thing for the pillows. My daughter's night time asthma didn't settle completely until we got her those. Good luck! Oh and get a second opinion!! There's nothing worse than a doctor that doesn't listen. It could turn out to be serious.

Janine - posted on 11/14/2009

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have you had him checked for asthma! my little boy had a naggen cough everyday from when he was about 9mths old..and no doctor could get rid of it! we even went to the extent of taking him to the hospital for a swab of the back of his throat wich i might add was terrible! but it came back with nothing wrong with him..then finally i took him to a old chinese doctor he took one look at him and heard his cough and said his got asthma..and ever since that day his had the proper medication and i have no problems..hopefully this may help!

Ashley - posted on 11/14/2009

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you dont give your child any sort of cold medicine...i think the age is 2 before you should give them any sort of cold medicine. there is serious stuff in that, that children should not have! trust me i went through this last winter with my son. except the cough was going on 5 months when i FINALLY said something needs to be done. every night we were throwing clothes in the wash because he would projectile vomit with it as well. we went to 3 different doctors and every dr said it would go away. one thing we did when he started coughing before he'd reach the point of vomitting is turn on the hot water in tnhe bathtub and shut the door. bring him in the bathroom and sit on the floor/toilet with him. it takes the cough away instantly. another thing you can try at night is a vaporizer in his room. that seemed to help my son for a bit. when it got to the pt where nothing was working the dr finally prescribed us 2 puffers. one he had twice a day and one was an emergency when he would have a coughing fit. within 2 days his cough was pretty much GONE!!....we had to use the emergency puffers maybe 3 times. he finally slept at night and he stopped coughing. best thing the dr could have ever done for him

Stacy - posted on 11/14/2009

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I was just reading everybodies post about the cough and maybe I can try to help you guys...My son Cody is 3 now he had the same thing A VERY DRY COUGH all the time everyday never went away!!! Well his old doctor never did anything jus said oh its allergies itll go away....YEAH RITE!!!! Well he wound up in the hospitail with Namonia sorry dont know how to spell it dont really know if it was because of the old doctor I was using but anyways hes fine now but I really would just watch it very Close...Now I have a 3mnt nd he 2 had the same cough a few weeks after he was born I went to my new doc WhO I LOVE N ADORE HES GREAT ALWAYS LISTENS TO ME well he remembered what went through with Cody n knew I didnt want that again and how scared I was he gave my son Avery medicne called Albuterol Syrp for 10 days and POOF it went away havnt heard it since been about 6wks....Albuterul works in the lungs like a mashine it pushes out what evers in there n surpresses the lung n helps them to get rid of whats in there...Im scaredy cat when I give them meds but learning what I learned from Cody when he was sick it that you just need to try differnt things and stick to it AND TRUST YOUR DOCTOR...Even if your scared....Hope I helped talk to your doctors about it and try it ...

Elizabeth - posted on 11/14/2009

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she might have broncitis, and they arent ment to give you anitbiotics for that anymore, and the cough lasts for serveral months, i have had to wait out that dreded cough for 3 months, what dose help is ventalin, they my not be asthmatic, but it helps them before they sleep, ask your docter for some however you will, have to give it by spacer, i was lucky enough to get one from the hospital with my first child, there a lill costly, but if this is whats wrong with you bubs, then i promise you it'll be worth it, cause they get it abit, i have two kids that have constantly gotten this. so many nights overtired and washing so much from spew, i feel for you. :)

Gin - posted on 11/14/2009

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It could be allergies... I went through the same thing with both my sons and after all the antibiotics and cough medicines, my pedia tried giving them an antihistamine and the cough went away. It recurs every so often depending on the weather, but at least we figured out what was happening. Hope you get to figure out what's causing your son's cough.

Chelle - posted on 11/14/2009

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my daughter is 6months sufferin the same. ive got her baby vicks vapor rub for her chest and i give her baby ticksylicks cough med (sorry dont know how thats spelt).. she has coughing fits in the night that wake her up some nights. shes had it for about three weeks now. ive also tried her on baby nurofen but that dont do any thing for her.

Jackie - posted on 11/14/2009

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You need to figure out why the cough. There are many reasons for a cough. Most common being congestion. If he is congested go pick up some Olbas Oil from your health food store. You just put two drops of it on a tissue and put it under his sheet/pillow case where his head is. This will keep him clear all night long.



Second most common reason for a cough is allergies. Vacuum your whole house and all furniture including his mattress. I don't know if they make allergy medicines for babys his age but if they do try giving him a dose an hour before bed. Also remember food allergys can cause coughs. So think of your family history and remove anything that might be causing an allergy and slowly reintroduce it.



And the third reason for a cough would be a virus/lung or throat infection. Since you have seen the doctor and even been given an antibotic you are doing all you can do there. I have a question why was the antibotic given? Pneumonia? The reason I ask is it is RSV season and RSV can stick around for a while. I had it when my son was hopsitalized for it and the cough was very strong and hurt very badly. It was also very forced. If that is the case and you can ask your doctor it will be over soon..

Rashmi - posted on 11/14/2009

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Give him the juice of basil leaf with honey. Do this several times a day. If he can take it, then add 2 drops of ginger juice to this. This is an ayurvedic remedy. It works for my daughter. Good luck.

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