Persistant coughing

Jennell - posted on 02/19/2012 ( 60 moms have responded )

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My 1 yr. old started having a cough when he was 3 months old. The doctor said it was normal for that age. The cough never went away and seemed deeper and was getting worse. They said it was croup and put him on medicine. It still never went away. Now being 14 months, we have gone to 4 different doctors and it seems now they don't have an answer for it at all. It seems like its been getting worse but the doctors say his lungs sound fine, he has no consistant fevers or flu like symptoms. The only thing that stays is his cough. I want to know what kind of doctor i should see and what kind of tests i could do for him for his age.

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Joanna - posted on 02/21/2012

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Did they ever do a round of antibiotics? could be an infection like pertusis. It honestly could be anything so it is hard to say what kind of dr to see. Could be allergies or asthma, could be an infection, could be cystic fibrosis for all I know. There are so many things it could be. Drs can rule some things out, but you need a good ped. A cough at 3 months is not normal and I think based on that advice you need to find another ped. Your child is now a year and you still don't have an answer. Find a new ped asap. Be and advocate for your child. Drs don't know everything, it is why they call it "practicing medicine". Go find another ped and go from there.

Medic - posted on 02/19/2012

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Not all asthma causes wheezing and lung sounds. My 5 year old son has cough variant asthma, he NEVER wheezes, will never wheeze but because so many people do not know about it (even medical professionals) my son could have an asthma attack and die because no one believes he can't breath. Check out a good pulmonologist, look for different reviews online.

Autumn - posted on 02/22/2012

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Have you tried a preventive steroid? My daughter started coughing at 9 months and my son as a new born. Both were put on Flovent. My daughter is now 8 and my son is 5 and they have outgrown the coughing and are off medication. I have friends with childrent the same age(s) that still have the persisitent cough, that have never tried that medication because they are worried about it being a steroid. I took a class and learned about the small amount of steroids they were receiving, side effects and decided to go with the medicine and am so far very happy with the outcome. Also, my son had tracheal malasia (spelling?, it has been a long time sorry) which was making him cough and had nothing to do with his lungs but his trachea.

Victoria - posted on 02/22/2012

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My son started a chronic cough when he was 4 months he finally was dianoised with Asthma when he was 9 months old. Also he can sound good in his lungs, and have no wheezing but just a cough. He flares up when he has a cold or virus. He is treated at home with a nebulizer that the dr gave us. Also an ENT (ears nose throat dr) Has helped and has taken his tonsils and adnoids out at age 4. I know its asthma when I do the treatments and it stops. It is not normal to always cough. Keep trying I had to and I got stern with his dr to help us.

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User - posted on 05/02/2014

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Hi
my baby was misdiagnosed with bronchiolitis as of 3 months - at 10 months we found out she had asthma. Rather get a second opinion and a third and a fourth. Find out if you or hubby have asthma in the family. Get tests done for allergies - my little one was allergic to chemicals I was using to clean the house and I didnt even know!!!........so many things can trigger a cough.

dont give up until you know and if your gut is telling you something is amiss - trust your instincts. Rather find out its something "stupid" like a dust allergy etc than not know at all.

MissMommyMay - posted on 06/17/2013

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My mother asthma makes her cough alot and sons has what sound like the same cough for months im scared he has asthma too!

Amber - posted on 06/16/2012

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So he doesn't have asthma? Has the ENT run a scope to check for any issues? X-rays or scans been done to check lungs? Can anything like wheezing or fluid be heard in the chest during the cough? Could be anything from allergies to asthma to something going on with the wind pipe to an unknown cause you may never understand. My cousin has a deep barking cough she has always had it. She is in her 20's now and still has it but the Dr's can't find any cause they said its just a normal cough for her but sometimes it gets really bad. They are still checking though because some coughs are caused by heart problems too. My son has always had a horrible cough and its more at night than during the day which tells the DR its more likely to be asthma but his triggers are usually allergy related so he has breathing treatments if they start up. He also has allergy medicine and acid reflux meds (reflux can cause kids to cough as well when their throats are burning from it).

Sheila - posted on 06/09/2012

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with a cough that long have them do exray to make sure baby hasnt put anything in his or her mouth just in case

Julia - posted on 03/15/2012

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My son developed a persistant cough around 6 mths old & after mentioning it at the next several dr. visits, I made a big issue of it when he was 1 1/2. Too long to have a cough every day. Turns out that my son is allergic to cat dander, tree pollens, grass, & several types of food. We stopped giving him the food items all-together, radically changing his diet. The dr. put him on a daily liquid antihistamine, which I give to him in a sippy cup of juice. Now he rarely coughs, & only if he misses his medicine 2 days in a row or is actually sick. I don't know if your son has a similar situation, but you might insist upon allergy testing. It only involves having his blood drawn & the results are available in about 2 weeks. I am so glad I insisted on allergy testing. It has made such a difference in his quality of life, now that he is no longer eating foods that make him sick & caused his skin ecsema & and he drinks the meds every day (we even kept our cat.) Good luck.

Deena - posted on 02/26/2012

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WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED ?? LOOK FOR A HOMEOPATH in your town, homeopathy definitley will help him.



Dr. Deena Malpani

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00971503441971

Courtney - posted on 02/23/2012

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It could be asthma or bronchitis, maybe a chest xray may help to check if there is anything blocking his airways or for infection, he may need ventolin through a nebuliser. My son was diagnosied with bronchitis at 8 months and was put on nebuliser with ventolin.

Courtney - posted on 02/23/2012

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My son had a similar issue ended up that he had slight bronchiolitis, which gets worse when he has a cold. and generally with bronchiolitis, bronchitis and asthma the cough tends to get worse in cold whether and of a night. swimming is also suppose to help.

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2012

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Have you seen a pulmonologist? This is a doctor that specializes in lung/airway issues. An ENT (ear,nose,throat) can be seen also. Has anyone ever checked your child for an obstruction in his upper airway? Sometimes a child can swallow a small item, and it gets stuck, but doesn't cause much of an issue. As time goes by, scar tissue can form around the item and it can begin to block the airway. This may not be the case with your child, but he should be checked for an obstruction - and more thouroughly than just looking in his mouth with a light. I know the cost can be high, but an ultrasound or MRI of his upper/lower airway and lungs may be the way to go if you have seen so many doctors and the issue hasn't been resolved as yet. Be persistant! You know that something is not right, and you are trying to make your son better.

Good luck to you!

Jennifer - posted on 02/22/2012

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My son has had these same problems. He is 6 now and is doing ok. As for the talking issue, we saw an ENT (ear, nose, throat) specialist and she put tubes in his ears. It was like night and day. All of the sudden, he could talk so much more and so much clearer! We still have the coughing issue, but it has been suggested to us that if there is a greater amount of time between eating and bedtime, that would help. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get it together enough to cook earlier in the evening!

Bhenkel2013 - posted on 02/22/2012

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My daughter had the same problem when she was that age. She was always taking a cough medicine of some sort. Then when she was about 2, she was diagnosed with "Coughing Asthma" after I read a magazine article on it. But her pediatrician wouldn't say that's what it was...I had to take her to an allergist/asthma specialist.

Tina - posted on 02/22/2012

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Hello Jennell

Sorry you are having to go through this with your 1 year old.I too went through this with our daughter at 8 mos. She is now 12. We took her to an allergist. He more than likely has some type of allergy. Our daughter has been on Zyrtec since she was 8 mos old. My husband has bad allergies, and so does our daughter. Giving her Zyrtec daily has helped tremendously. The cough is coming from the post nasal drip that is settling in the back of his throat, making him cough. My suggestion is to take him to an allergist. You might want to have him tested, or not...the dr will be able to tell you when is a good age to do this. Hope this helps!

Wendy - posted on 02/22/2012

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Two things come to mind, my older son had asthma and was not diagnosed until we switched doctors at 3 years old, even though he had the symptoms. My younger son has acid reflux that causes him to coughand this too goes undiagnosed with infants frequently. His is a silent reflux, meaning he doesn't split up from it and so he holds his breath when it flares up, then coughs and is in pain. If your son doesn't have asthma (get a second opinion to be sure) then ask to be refered to an ear, nose, throat specialist. His cough could be simply caused by allergies with a postnasel drip. Good luck

Mary - posted on 02/21/2012

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Sounds like some type of allergy situation. Go see someone that specializes in allergy testing.

Also gree with what Colby said.

Janet - posted on 02/21/2012

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my son has had the same thing - it does get better with age and i've used humidifiers, lavender burning with eucalyptus in his room, i've also used the bathroom's steam but nothing seemed to fix it - rainbow children seem to have this condition and only time will fix it - use eukybear on his feet and chest at night - it worked for me. (rainbow children have been born since 2007. Also i would get a ent doctor to have a look at him - u will need a referrral

Carrie - posted on 02/21/2012

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There is a good chance your child has acid reflux, a good GI doc can help you out.

Colby - posted on 02/21/2012

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It could be an allergy to a particular food or product in the house. If you use cleaning chemicals in the house that are potent smelling or if the child is allergic to milk (lactose intolerance or milk protein allergy). These are some thing to consider. There is definitely a reason why this is happening. It vould be food related or the environment where the child spends most of his/her time. I would also suggest to visit a Natropath or natural therapist who has a good name, well known in the city for another opinion. Vega testing can pick up sensitivities that a GP will not get. The body can suffer without symptoms being visible until quite late in the problem. Natural medicine focuses on the problem & prevention, early. Worth looking into both conventional and non conventional medicine and then using your heart to see what sits right with you on what the problem is and how to solve it. Be open minded. Good luck.

Tanya - posted on 02/21/2012

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My daughter has the same thing only she's 19mths. The dr. told me it was likely tracheal malacia (sp.?). Her esophagus is slightly floppy and it causes her to have a terrible cough, especially at night when she's lying down. They said she should grow out of it around 2yrs. She has improved some, so it could be this. Look up the symptoms online and see if they fit. The only true method of diagnosing it is with a scope, which I'd rather not do. Hope this helps!

Carolyn - posted on 02/21/2012

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I would seek an allergiest /pediatric pulmonist. Could be an allergic reaction to something in the house. good luck

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Myself and my kids have asthma. It sounds like it might be asthma. You should see a specialist and maybe get an allergy skin test to see if your child reacts to certain things and has other allergies. Also, this sounds similar to another post on this site and others were bringing up the fact that it could be a reaction to mold. Some of the other posters were saying that some people react to mold worse than others.

Elana - posted on 02/21/2012

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Yes Jessica robitussim with codeine is the truth . My boyfriend just been diagnoses with asthma and pneumonia which started with cough periodically. A cough can turn into many things which is scary

Eileen - posted on 02/21/2012

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I used to live in NY and there is an awesome chiropractor in Watertown I highly recommend. I had family that would travel from Binghamton to see him. Check out his website: www.porterhealthcare.com. I would call and ask if they think a visit would be helpful, although I'm sure it would. I took at least 4 kids to see him with various complaints. All had positive outcomes. Sometimes modern medicine doesnt have the answers.

Liz - posted on 02/21/2012

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My daughter has cough variant asthma. We treat her with medication via nebuliser when she has an acute attack or with a twice daily preventative steroid medication during the cold and flu season, as this is apparently one of the more major triggers.



She hardly ever wheezes, yet can be crying due to chest pain, coughing and not getting enough oxygen in, though all of this has improved dramatically after the following:-



- proper physician assessment;

- medication for acute phase treatment and also prevention;

- removal of all carpet, rugs, plushie toys etc. in her room that could harbor dust mites; in fact, we moved to a house that is entirely composed of hardwood flooring;

- use of BOTH an air purifier and a humidifier in her room;

- avoidance of dogs and cats;

- strict avoidance of second hand smoke;

- dramatic reduction in the use of aerosol chemicals in the house, switching to greener or non-aerosol cleaning agents etc.



Since doing all the above, she's a different child. She still has coughs and colds, as she's young enough to be bringing every bug you can imagine home from day care, but she's a lot more resilient and can fight them off without retaining a chronic cough.

Jessica - posted on 02/21/2012

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I actually went through the same exact thing as a child. I coughed from about age to to about 12. The doctors came up with the conclusion that I just had allergies but they couldn't pinpoint it. After my parents n drs tried every medicine they could they ended up just using prescription robitussin w/ codeine. I was used to the coughing and always remember when I was at my moms or my dads they would come in in the middle of the night worried and giving me the cough medicine like I was dying but I was so used to it that I honestly never lost any sleep about it. Once my period started I grew out of it n it was gone...strange I know. Hope this helps.

Yvette - posted on 02/21/2012

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well I binged chronic couch in small children and it ran from asthma, bronchitis or TB. either was a second opinion in your case I would say is needed for the safety of your child. If your doctor won't listen maybe try the public health department 315-789-3030...binged that too, it is the number for your area

Amber - posted on 02/21/2012

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I would say testing for multiple allergies is necessary to make sure this isn't a airborne allergen or something causing the problems. For my son mold and peanut dust in the air can trigger allergic reactions sometimes its just a cough that doesn't go away for a few days. Smoke also causes the cough so if your baby is around anyone who smokes that can trigger coughing (this includes third hand smoke that sticks to clothes, furniture, seats in the car...).

Monica - posted on 02/21/2012

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I've been going through the same issue with my 3 year old. Cough and a runny nose since Dec. He has seen his ENT, an Allergist and the ER. Nobody knew what was going on, he had x-rays taken (all fine) no ear infections or fevers, the Allergist tested him and he came up positive for mold, yet those symptoms can also be confused with having Asthma, so they put him on liquid Zyrtec and an inhaler. On top of that the ER doc put him on a 3 day course of Prednisone (none of these have helped) So after all that I took him back to his PED and she was baffled, so the last resort was antibiotics and guess what? cough is gone!!!! 3 more days of antibiotics, hopefully it doesn't come back. Good Luck!!! I know how frustrated you feel :(

Elana - posted on 02/21/2012

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Hey mom my son had reactive airway when he was born. In your case it could be whooping cough or asthma that will eventually turn into pneumoniaif not taken care. Common cold symptoms can turn into pneumonia.

Melissa - posted on 02/20/2012

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I agree with asthma. I had the same problem myself growing up and still do occasionally. I have never had an asthma attack just that persistent cough and often heavy breathing. God bless hope you find your answers :)

Debbie - posted on 02/20/2012

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Elizabeth, you have a good point of trying a chiropractor. My daughter was adjusted the first time at 6 days old and has only had ONE ear infection in the past 5 yrs. It is a good thing.



Also,Jennell have you had any black mold growing in your home?

Elizabeth - posted on 02/20/2012

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I had the same problem with my son last winter and this winter, except that he is now 6 years old. Went to an asthma and allergy specialist after several rounds of antibiotics and no improvements. They thought croup, whooping cough, etc. allergist tested him for allergies, he had none. Said he was too young to define it as asthma but prescribed him two inhalers and a steroid nebulizer to take up to twice a day. I didn't like the steroid idea because they shouldn't be given to children on a long term basis, but it brought some relief. Although it never fixed the problem completely. He'd be up all night hacking away if I didn't give him the nebulizer, couldn't sleep, he'd go to school exhausted every day. I was so frustrated!! I finally tried a chiropractor after seeing a suggestion online. I wasn't really a believer, but I was desperate. The chiropractor has worked tremendously. Within two visits the coughing, wheezing, and tightness in his chest has completely disappeared. I now take him once a week, and he is off the inhalers and nebulizer completely. I can't tell you how much it has changed his life! And I'm so thankful that he's not on all that medication. Find a good chiropractor that works on children,.

Debbie - posted on 02/20/2012

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It sounds like he might have a bacteria in his lungs. He needs a gram stain culture taken of his phlegm to see if it is indeed a bacteria.



ANY doctor can take the sample and send it to the lab for testing. In a matter of hrs to a couple of days you should know what it is and you will probably need an antibiotic.

Tammy - posted on 02/20/2012

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Have you had his chest x-rayed to make sure that there is really nothing there?

I suggest you get a referral to an allergist, rather than a regular pediatrician.

My daughter, who is 3.5, also has a persistent cough, was diagnosed with asthma by her pediatricians, but they are not sure. She did get a chest x-ray when she was younger and they did say that there is something there. Finally we were referred to an allergist and I will make an appointment this week.

Dawn - posted on 02/20/2012

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My youngest son 17 months is very smart knows "commands" and actions (how things work) but only says maybe 5 words (regularly and has said a couple more infrequently) and refuses to "find" anything (ie where is your nose/ear/knee/etc. for his grandfather but knows them all for me. My oldest son, now 19years old, started talking sooner but refused to say anything until he could say it perfectly/correctly, however I would hear him practicing when he thought no one was listening or out of his eyesight. My middle child, now 11, refused to talk until he was over two (he did not get his first tooth until after 18 months-not sure if this was related) just pointed and "grunted ah". If your son has older siblings it is common for them to be a late talker (other parents and pediatrician confirmed this) as they will "talk for the baby". it also depends on how much conversation between others/adults they hear (my opinion from experience). I wouldn't worry about it unless there are other developmental problems and a good pediatrician will spot these (as long as you are honest with them). I also found talking slowly and clearly letting them watch your mouth and huge YEA's when they try does wonders. Both my older sons have been in advanced/gifted classes since they were in 2nd grade and were very different in their early development.

Alexandra - posted on 02/20/2012

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allergies would be my guest. I would see an allergiest, and an ENT if they don't find anything.

Janine - posted on 02/20/2012

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I had the same issue with my son I finally put my foot down and took him to a pulmonologist they gave him a sweat test to test for cystic fibrosis and a chest xray which thankfully came out clear. But he was diagnosed with asthma related to seasonal allergies. But there came a point where I knew there was something more and I followed my gut and I will never regret it. I hope you find the answers you need.

Evelyn - posted on 02/20/2012

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Allergist. It sounds like Asthma to me. Sometimes they call it Reactive Airway Disease--whatever--he should be checked for Asthma.

Allison - posted on 02/20/2012

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My son is 25 years old now but I had a similar experience when he was that age and it turned out to be cow's milk. He would cough so hard sometimes he would retch. The doctors tested for everything from bronchitis to cystic fibrosis and eventually I stumbled on the answer myself in a nutrition book that described how milk can build up mucus and cause coughing and ear infections. I eliminated all dairy from his diet and it took several weeks for it to clear his system, but it did clear. I kept him off diary entirely until he was about 7 or 8 years old, and he was fine after that (although he still dislikes milk).

Kim - posted on 02/20/2012

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My son was about the same age when he developed a cough that would not go away. After being told it was a cold so many times and over 8 months, we went to a new doctor. Lo and behold, he had asthma! He was medicated, and the cough stopped. Yours could be the same, or whooping cough. Keep asking the doc. Try a new doc. Get your baby help.

Molly - posted on 02/20/2012

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Has he had a chest x-ray? You might want to consider taking him to a pulmonologist. Good luck!!

Leslie - posted on 02/20/2012

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Didn't read other replies so not sure if this has been mentioned, but my son had a similar situation. I felt awful because he was always coughing, but no other symptoms. Turns out he had acid reflux and he just needed some medicine for that. He outgrew eventually and has never had problems since. Like you, many doctors missed this diagnosis.



Thanks and good luck!!!!

Jackie - posted on 02/20/2012

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My son has had asthma since he was about 7 months old. There are times where he has a cough, but no wheezing and his lungs soud really good. The only thing that makes the cough stop is albuterol. Hes also on a steroid twice a day via nebulizer. He will be three in march so this is somethig we have been dealing with for a while. Do what these other ladies have said and find a specialist. Also, about him not talking, my oldest boy didnt talk untill he was almost 2 1/2. Now he is in kinder and and his teacher says he has the best vocabulary in class. Some kids just need more time. Good luck!!

Dannii - posted on 02/20/2012

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My boy is the same as Medic Mommy. He has Cough Varient Asthma and he had a cough since he was little, docs kept telling me that it was other things,ie he had a cold or he had a chest infection. It took us over 2 years before a docter FINALLY gave him an inhaler and within a week , we had a compleatly different child, slept right through the night and was so much happier and he now has NO COUGH at all

Erin - posted on 02/20/2012

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1 in every 3 asthmatics cough instead of wheeze and my son is one of them. I'm not saying your son has asthma, but it's possible. They first found out with my boy when he had asthmatic bronchitis at the age of two. Definitely though anything to do with the lungs you'll want to see a pulmonologist. Another person to seek would be an ear nose and throat specialist. He may have something back in his throat or palate that is not letting him swallow right..and unless they look for it, nobody would know. Trust your mother instincts and don't stop looking until you find your answer.

Amy - posted on 02/19/2012

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My daughter is 23 months and only says 4-5 words, her brother at 18 months was speaking sentences and knew the alphabet. We have taught her some sign language so she's not so frustrated.

Kate CP - posted on 02/19/2012

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Boys, from what I've heard, tend to verbalize later than girls. If your doctor is okay with him developmentally then I wouldn't stress about it. :)

Ianina - posted on 02/19/2012

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Not all babies talk at the same time. my next door neighbour's girl is 2 years old and she says maybe 4 words and that is it

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