5 year old with chronic cough

Leanne - posted on 02/13/2012 ( 217 moms have responded )

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Hello,



I have a 5 year old daughter who has had a barking cough on and off since she was a toddler. We have been to doctors and they always say her lungs are clear, no wheezing or trouble breathing- just a cough that is around more than it's not. She has an inhaler of a non-steroid prescription-Salbutamol for when she is having a cough attack. We use it a lot when she is sick as the cough gets awful and relentless. Wondering if anyone has any experience with this in their child? From my research it seems like "cough variant asthma" ..would love some suggestions! Thanks :)

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Denise - posted on 02/26/2012

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WOW...you have gotten SO many replies here it must be overwhelming...i have to say from experience though that you can't discount the feedback you get from others....one of your comments was quick to dismiss acid reflux..."reflux would not give a kid a cough"...WRONG!...HUGE MISTAKE...while every kid who has reflux doesn't have a cough....a chronic cough CAN indicate reflux!!! ask me i know! i discounted the idea too and i was so very wrong...my daughter also had reflux as a child, but no failure to thrive, weight loss, or pain with it...even though she spit up heavily with it until she was a year old!.....so it went untreated!!!...to complicate matters she had RSV at about 8 months and her first allergic reaction at 9 months....her allergies were so severe and hard to manage that we began allergy injections at age 7...by around age 8 we had been battling a increasingly chronic barking cough for over a year....off and on....lasting at times up to 12 or more weeks and resulting in breathing treatments and many go rounds of steroids which were no fun for anyone!!!...since allergies and asthma run in our family, our allergist started with the most obvious testing....asthma challenge....inconclusive....obviously not the "clear cut" asthma we thought she had...cystic fibrosis...negative thank God...etc, etc...she finally had a video stroboscopy.... where they put a small tube with a video camera through the nose and down past the throat to view the entire area including the vocal chords....guess what??? a severe case of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) ..."silent" by the way meaning no obvious symptoms....with subsequent vocal chord dysfunction which further exacerbated the cough!!!!

approximately four to six weeks of the right medication and NO more cough, NO more inhaler, NO more prednisone since!!! my advice is start with the obvious and test and treat until you figure it out...a chronic cough is miserable for everyone and when they're school age it causes even more problems...disrupting sleep, disrupting the classroom, etc, etc....good luck! hope you get it figured out soon!

Amanda - posted on 02/14/2012

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Honey I've been dealing with the same thing for the past 7 yrs with my youngest. And oddly enough hers is flared up as we speak. Hers was bad about 2 wks ago I finally got it cleared up then this past weekend she went 2 my ex-husband's parents house & suprise surprise it's back. It seems like EVERY time she goes 2 either his house or his parents house she comes home with a horrible cough. What I do is I give her neblizer treatments EVERY 4 hrs around the clock even when she's sleeping. If shes sleeping I just sit her in my lap & slip the mask over her face while supporting her weight so that she's sitting up & just hold her until the treatment is over. I also use a cough suppressant, a vaporizer, LOTS of honey, I let her drink coke a cola (which is a RARE thing my girls are not aloud 2 have soda under normal rules, when it's really bad I will steam up the bathroom & sit in there with her, basically just anything that I've heard works. But I would be lieing if I said it works all the time. There's times that NOTHING works. There's been nights (a week straight) I've just sat up with her comforting her even after she was asleep because nothing seemed 2 work. I know it's hard & very heart breaking when they have these coughing spells. The most important thing I can tell u 2 do would be 2 just comfort her & let het know ur there. I've sat up many of nights all night long just so I knew she was ok. I can tell u the 2 cough suppressants that I have found that work the best but I'm don't think ur little one is old enough for 1 of them but talk 2 ur pharmacies because in some cases u can give ur child the med u just have 2 use a smaller dose then it says 2 use. But here's the 2 that work best 4 my little girl Childrens Nightquil cold & cough & Mucinex Cough. Now every child is different so they may not work as well 4 ur child as they do 4 mine & like I said theres been LOTS of times that neither 1 of these 2 meds has had any affect & she STILL coughs all night so just because they didn't work this time doesn't mean they won't work ever. Something else I've learned is that if u use the Neb start using it at the FIRST sign that she's getting a cough. Also if u think it's a cold & not allergies or asmtha try giving her something caller silver u'll have 2 order it online but it's a GREAT way 2 knock out ANY kind of virus or infection. Now ur Dr is going 2 tell u it won't work but it's a natural antibotic my bf is who introduced it 2 me. He HATES DRS & believes in using natural things as opposed 2 meds. Now I'm NOT a dr so don't think I'm giving u med advice. I'm just telling u things I do with my daughter when her coughing spells are happening. I hope ur little one feels better soon & I hope I was able 2 help.

Lee - posted on 02/14/2012

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Have had same problem with same answers! Ive found regularly changing his pillow, vaccuuming his room and dusting and putting mattress in sun helps. This kills dust mites which I think triggers my sons allergies! Though every child is different!

Carrie - posted on 02/21/2012

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Have you had your child checked for refux and or any other stomach problems? I know it sounds crazy but it can all be related.

Rachel - posted on 02/15/2012

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I would take her to an allergist, and consider video taping her when she has the barking cough so that the doctor can hear exactly what it looks and sounds like.

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Amy - posted on 05/27/2012

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Be careful with the holistic route. I don't want to medicate RIGHT away, but it is possible to make the situation worse if the person is allergic to the ingredients of the immune boosters and stuff. For example, I am allergic to weeds and grass and there is no way, shape or form I can take echinacea.... SEVERE airway issues in addition to swelling!! Just be careful! (and good luck getting over this little hurdle)

Leanne - posted on 05/27/2012

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Hello all....
Just an update..and I thank you all for your responses; however, I do have a different view on health and refuse to believe there is not a natural option in curing most health issues. My intuition tells me this is not something serious or life threatening so i will continue to act on my belief system. Proper diet and nutrient supplementation, along with care from your family doctor and Naturopathic physician is the perfect integrative prevention and treatment in my opinion.
Since I last posted, things have improved immensely with her cough.I have been giving her 2,000-3,000 mg of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) every day, and more for a few days when she has a cold (6,000mg), I feed her a close to whole food diet as possible, minimal sugar, minimal dairy products, lots of fruits and veggies along with the principles in this book. Believe me these things all make a difference! The last 2 colds have come and gone with minimal coughing fits, and no need for her inhaler! I swear by this book, and the authors- they know their stuff. If you would like to learn about ways to cure or at least reduce your child's likelihood of chronic illness you must order this book: http://www.doctoryourself.com/childhealt...

As I said, this is just my opinion and experience, and I wanted to share.Hopefully this information helps many others.

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has she been checked for Croupe it is a virus in the airway that causes a barking cough and closes up the airway causing them to stop breathing my daughter has had bouts of this about 3-4 times a year since she was a couple months old. She also has really bad allergies which is what sets everything else off she is now on Allegra, Symbicort, Qvar and an Emergency inhaler because she is allergic to cats, dogs, pollen and mold.

Rebecca - posted on 02/21/2012

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does she have animals in the room? Sometimes wood shavings from gerbils ect.. will affect them.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2012

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My niece had the same problem a chronic cough that would not stop. Finally my sister-in-law took her to an ENT. It was her tonsils and adnoids. In some children they are just larger then they should be. She had the surgery and it all stopped and she has not had any further problems. If they snore have bad breath and drink a lot those are also possible signs that the tonsils are enlarged.

Jane - posted on 02/21/2012

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I have asthma that presents as a barking cough. My kids presented the same way. My daughter was diagnosed with "either pneumonia or asthma or both" which gives you an idea how it presents. It is tricky. Asthma preventers worked on both my kids. A friend had the same problem, long time to diagnose, but eventually was diagnosed as asthma. Her kids doing well on preventers now too. My children have grown out of it which is great. A vaporizer in their room does help, as does Vicks or similar on their feet then cover in warm socks. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2012

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one more thing-sometimes people are sensitive to something like food or an environmental thing and it will not show up in an allergy test. My child is severely sensitive to milk but the Allergist's test showed she had no allergies!

Rebecca - posted on 02/21/2012

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My daughter has the same issue. She is 8 now and when we first move to Okinawa she was fine. Then about 6 months after we got here it started. I believe she is allergic to coral. She has yet another dr. appt. next week. I'm going to ask about allergy testing. Right now she is on singular at night. We did the albuterol and flovent inhalers and they worked for about 6-8 months before the cough returned. It gets worse when she is playing.

Keep the dust down in your house, make sure to have an air purifier near her room. (we have one upstairs and it does help)

Talk to the dr. about allergy testing. It could be a simple allergy.

I think I'm going to ask the dr. about allergy shots instead of pills this time.

Nicole - posted on 02/21/2012

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This sounds like an allergy... to something in the house, or something she is eating. It also could be cough variant asthma, as well, but I think there's an underlying cause for this. I know it's terribly expensive, but some allergy tests might help pin-point what it is that is causing the cough. If it is too financially tough on you guys, (believe me, these tests are EXPENSIVE, sorry,) perhaps you could filter out a food category at a time. I like the suggestion of doing away with dairy first, though I know how hard it can be, especially with a five year old. Hope things start looking up for you guys, but I would raise holy hell after years of this. Keep telling the doctor you will not accept his answer of "just a cough," anymore, 'cuz it's not normal for a five year old to sound like an eighty year old chain-smokin' gramma.

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2012

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She also needs a chiropractor after all that coughing. Try it and she can tell you if she feels better after a couple of weeks.

Amanda - posted on 02/21/2012

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Is she on dairy? If so, try doing away with it for a couple of weeks and see what happens. Just get her a Calcium citrate and Vitamin D3 supplements. These aren't naturally in the homogenized milk anyway. They have to add them back in after the process kills the vitamins. supplements are cheaper and she'll be healthier. Dairy causes asthma in lots of people.

Donna - posted on 02/21/2012

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My son has a nebulizer for when his cough sounds like a bark. Sounds like she has ashma caused by allergies .suprised your doctor didn't suggest a specialist

Cheryl - posted on 02/21/2012

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My middle child had "just a cold" for the first three years of her life, at least according to my rather old-fashioned doctor. It was so bad sometimes she would cough until she threw up. Then one particularly bad time, I took her to the clinic and my doctor was away. Another doctor took one look at her chart and said - 'She has asthma'. Finally! It was not related to an allergy but was virally induced. The good news is she is now seventeen, active and has pretty much outgrown the episodes.

Good luck and if you can find a good Pediatric Pulmologist (sp?) it can really help.

Lisa - posted on 02/21/2012

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Have you tried an ear nose throat doctor and an allergist yet some times the specialist has heard things your pediatrician hasn't and may know what's causing it. I'd hate for her to be on any meds too long.

Lisa - posted on 02/21/2012

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Have you tried an ear nose throat doctor and an allergist yet some times the specialist has heard things your pediatrician hasn't and may know what's causing it. I'd hate for her to be on any meds too long.

Kathleen - posted on 02/21/2012

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Yes...we have been experiencing the same with our 4 year old! She has been on allergy medication all year! A room purifier, nebulizer for asthma. Its is scary and so frustrating. Medications have so many side effects and I do not wish to weaken her immune system. I hope we can find a resolution to this issue immediately.

Glenys - posted on 02/21/2012

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I have a 3 yearold who has had a constant cough and runny snotty nose coughing worse in cold weather doctors given her ventolyn inhaler and said that he wouldn't class it as asthma but she it for 3 months now she is fine in herself and goes to nursery but I now how your feeling wish she will get better

Jacqui - posted on 02/21/2012

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hi, i did have this problem with 2 of my 3 children. As it turned out they both had allergy induced asthma. They started on singerlair (& advair for 1 of them) and the cough went away. Prior to that they were treated with all sorts of medications including allergy meds n nothing worked but the "Singulair" rx. Good luck. I hope u find an answer.

Jacqui

Firly - posted on 02/21/2012

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Wow this is amazing. I have same problem w my step-daughter. Shes 6 been coughing since 2 or 3. Her ped said its nothing, took her to specialist spent all kind of money, she gave us bunch of sample inhalers and said maybe just allergic to dust, smoke n cat n dog hair. Nothing works but seems like whenever she spent summer w us she only cough the first week then she is fine ( she stays w mom weekdays n w us weekends n holidays). So i think regularly changing air filters, bedding n vacumming really helps. And on occasion i gave her mucinex :-)

Firly - posted on 02/21/2012

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Wow this is amazing. I have same problem w my step-daughter. Shes 6 been coughing since 2 or 3. Her ped said its nothing, took her to specialist spent all kind of money, she gave us bunch of sample inhalers and said maybe just allergic to dust, smoke n cat n dog hair. Nothing works but seems like whenever she spent summer w us she only cough the first week then she is fine ( she stays w mom weekdays n w us weekends n holidays). So i think regularly changing air filters, bedding n vacumming really helps. And on occasion i gave her mucinex :-)

Sara - posted on 02/21/2012

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my little one was diegnosed with asthma at 7mths of age (even though the cant till 12mths) he gets a caugh on and off during seaonal changes... i have found the best way to combat it is fish oil and chriopractor... i did lots or reasurch and found fish oil helps with inflamatiton asthma and lung related problems are inflamation so when in started this 18 mths go we have had one bad bout of asthma were he has needed steroids but other then clear not even a cold... my chiro also metioned there could some thing that is irritaiting the immune system generally it is wheat or dairy... i took my little man off white processed wheat and the runny nose he has always has stopped.... be careful with steriod based producta as they dull the immune system and they take longer to get over it as there immune system take a while to come back... hope this helps.....

my chiro has a facebook page and has lots of great info on there about ulternative option to helth care for kids....

https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/LibertyChiropractic

Wei Sim, May - posted on 02/21/2012

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Both my girls experiencing cough & flu fortnightly since birth without fail. I was introduce to change milk powder to soy milk powder, it helps in a way, that the attack comes longer than 2 weeks. With the prescription by a few paeditricians, they consume "SINGULAIR" tablet daily, and it definitely improvement to their condition, the attack didn't happen for at least half a year, even if it comes back, it would be a mild one now. Hopefully here are some tips that may helps you and your child!

Melanie - posted on 02/21/2012

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This happened to my 2 year old. I ended up taking her to a doc, who checked her for signs of infection. There were none. He suggested that she may have worms, thread worm, as if they are in the system for long enough they tend to burrow into the lungs, which irritates them and causes a cough and runny nose. I nearly puked upon hearing this. I treated her and the rest of the family with combantrin, and low and behold, she was cured. Sincerely gross, yes, but give it a try and let us know if she improves.

Danielle - posted on 02/21/2012

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We have the same thing, my son just turned six, and this has been a constant in my life and his.. We have a nebulizer and albuterol to use AS needed.. They finally made us an appt to an Allergist which is coming THIS week.. I hope there are answers then.. I really do, because this is an awful thing to see our kids go through.. good luck!!

Mandi - posted on 02/21/2012

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My daughter would cough a lot like yours. Seemed to be worse at nite. Then she got to where she would cough til she threw up....EVERY NITE! She already had her tonsils out, so I was at a loss. She had fluid in her ears a lot...not an infection, just fluid. And the antibiotics dried it out mostly but not completely, then her ears would fill back up. ENT suggested ear tubes. They sucked out a maple syrup consistency fluid from her ears and it was wonderful that first nite, no cough!! Have her ears tested. An ENT (don't waste your time with the ped. Dr) takes a laser gun looking thing and it gives a burst of air in to test her eardrum. Bet ya donuts to dollars shes just got fluid not draining out! Don't put her through a skin allergy test! Our ped. Put her on singular and flucticasone too. (allergy/asthma Meds) just for good measure. Singular has no side effects. Good luck!!

Catherine - posted on 02/21/2012

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Our son is 4 & has had a chronic cough on & off for 18 months. We ended up paying to see a private peadiatric consultant. He had another xray which showed infection from missed diagnosed pneumonia in his left middle lung chamber. He was also tested for CF which came back clear. He was prescribed a very strong antibiotic which he only takes once a day for 3 days every time it flares up. Also he's on the blue puffer, 10 puffs 4 times a day when he's bad with cough. This clears it up. It's not asthma as we kept getting fobbed off with. Our docs were shit. He was also found to be very anemic! He's on iron syrup for 6 months for that too. Ask for a second opinion lovey. Xx

Kimberly - posted on 02/21/2012

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My brother had that problem when he was around 4 years old. He went with my mom to the chiropractor one day, and the chiropractor noticed. He offered to give my brother an adjustment saying it would fix the problem. My mom agreed to give it a try, and by that evening, my brother had stopped coughing. Weird, but it worked.

Susan - posted on 02/21/2012

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I think some of us are more sensitive to air pollution, like chem-trails, which can, at the very least cause irritation. I would use a Heppa Air purifier and a cool mist humidifier.

Dana - posted on 02/21/2012

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Any bit off black mold can cause that problem to. It bothers some people more than others. Sore throats, coughs are just a couple of problems from black mold. Could be something like your heater and ac causing dampness and black mold being in you duct work. Or if your bathroom doesn't have a. Fan and you shower with doors closed can cause mold to grow. You would see that on your walls and ceiling though and could be scrubbed with bleach water. Something to look into. If its a rental....the landlord would need to be notified because it is hazerdous to health.

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I have a friend whose little boy does that, she was told the same thing by the doctors. I also had one of my daughters who coughed like that off and on for months. Sometimes it goes away for a while, but then it comes back. Asthma is in our family, and my other daughter has it as well as myself. My guess is that your daughter has some form of asthma, maybe combined with allergies. I would suggest you see a specialist and maybe get an allergy skin test to see specifically if your child reacts to certain things. You might also want to ask your doctor about a preventative inhaler which is supposed to help prevent attacks, not just an inhaler for when she is having an attack. My daughter is on Flovent for her preventative inhaler. Also, you might want to ask about getting a nebulizer and medication for breathing treatments that she can use for when she is really bad or sick. Good luck, it was very frustrating trying to get my daughter diagnosed with asthma and receive proper treatment for it. I knew she had it because I have it, and she started having real problems when she was very little, so the doctors were reluctant to say she had it. I had to be vigilant and be an advocate for her. If you are getting no where with your current doctors, try another pediatrician and/or specialist.

User - posted on 02/21/2012

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could be a gluten allergy. gluten makes your body produce excess mucus. may be it, maybe not. but worth a try! talk to a naturopath, they might have answers when the doctors run out!! good luck!

Tina - posted on 02/21/2012

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my son had a cough from the time I weaned him at 10mths. I took him to an allergist. Turns out both my kids have a dairy intolerance. Now using long life milk and have no problems (until they visit their dad and he uses fresh milk). Allergist did mention that wheat and potato can have the same effect. It could be worth following.

Serafine - posted on 02/21/2012

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Careful, eucalyptus not good for babies!

My son had the same problem, and after much stress, medication, x-ray of lungs, etc. we found out it was due to mold in the house. So check that out if nothing else seems to make sense. We eventually moved and it got better (expensive solution!) I would avoid inhalers and certain kinds of cough syrups that cause dependence and create chronic illnesses.

Lori - posted on 02/21/2012

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I would take her to a pulmonologist and have her looked at. My son, when he was little, coughed alot. Especially at night. After years of this, we discovered he actually had Asthma. Some asthma just has symptoms of a cough. If you aren't happy with what your doc says, find another one or ask for a referral. (If you need one, otherwise just go).

Thao - posted on 02/21/2012

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I've used inhalers and breathing treatments for my daughter since 15 months, they were not a permanent solution. She caught a cold every 2 weeks, she was on antibiotics every 2 weeks. Finally, I asked myself, why is she on antibiotics for every cold? She was using the breathing treatments and inhalers so often, I saw her little hands and body shake from the side effects of the medication. That's when I decided to find alternative treatments, this isn't normal. It doesn't make any sense. She couldn't fight it off the cold her own, she had the squeaky/barky cough and had trouble breathing with every cold. We've done acupressure too and it helped some, I also spent a lot of money trying to figure out her problems. Now, we do a lot of steam with eucalyptus oil, I rub tea tree oil on her chest for the coughing. I find she is responding better, I steam her w/ eucalyptus oil as soon as I see a cold come on. We've been working with naturopathics/homeopathics and after over 4 years I have it under control. We use the breathing treatment when I see her breathing is out of control, this hasn't happened for 2 years. I hope this helps you, their body can only handle/suffer so much.

Tami - posted on 02/21/2012

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Does it sound like a seal barking? If so, she has croup. My daughter gets it about 2-3 times a year and she is 8. She got it the first time when she was 6 months old. She gets it when the weather changes from warm to really cold. It's harmless but if it gets bad enough where she is struggling breathing, take her to the emergency room. We have found that humidifiers works best for her as do steam showers or the really cold air. It sounds so much worse than it is. In fact, my daughter is old enough now that she will cough in the mornings to freak her brother out and by the time she goes to school, it has usually subsided. good luck!

Annie - posted on 02/21/2012

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Hi,my 4 yr old daughter has had a similiar problem,when she was little it was worse and so scary!The doctors also reassured me that she was fine and in the end ,fed up with me,the gave me anti histamines to calm any allergies...I too don't like applying short term band aid treatments and i have turned to homeopathy with reassuring results.Every cold she gets does turn into an irritating cough(nasal drip i think) but it seems to not be so chronic anymore and goes away quicker.i see a homeopath every six weeks for her(other issues too) and all i can say is it has been an amazing help.I think i am lucky to have found an effective homeopath that i trust,maybe you could research this?Hope this helps...

Autumn - posted on 02/21/2012

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Oh my! My daughter has the SAME thing. I can't tell you how many times I've taken her to the doc only to find out that it's just a couch...no problems with her lungs..etc. What do you do to relieve the symptoms? My doc tells me to give her Wal-zyr, the Walgreens brand allergy med. BTW, my daughter is also 5.

Heidi - posted on 02/21/2012

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has she been checked for reflux? My daughter coughs ALLL the time from reflux! And because she's coughed for so long it has irritated her bronchai and caused the barking! Check into it! Best of luck!

Lynn - posted on 02/21/2012

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Could be post-nasal drip that is making her cough... check out her sinuses for congestion... going through this right now with my 5 y/o DD! Could be an allergy if persistent or sinusitis. Good luck

Christine - posted on 02/21/2012

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Before you invest in any drastic changes in and around the home you might want to take your 5 year old to an Allergist. My 3 year old was diagnosed with Asthma at 18 months - come to find out its because of 8 things in and around the house she is Allergic to and some of it can be eliminated others unfortunately is not in our hands but it really helped to find out why our little one is chronically miserable.

Barbara - posted on 02/21/2012

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It sounds like an inflamatory response to something that is infesting in your child's system, particularly in the bronchial or tracheal area, or that he is breathing in. Keep your child free from dairy products, and also eliminate all sugars as best as you can. Your child may be experiencing a yeast overgrowth, and this can contribute to the chronic cough. Diet and environmental factors are the major cause of most inflamatory responses. So a combination of eleminating those things as mentioned, and I would also invest in a good air purifier system, to keep in your child's room. You might need to do some checking around that there is no mold growing around. Where there is moisture there could be mold. Also cover the child's pillow and mattress with special covers that don't allow dust mites to get in. All these things can help dramatically.



Barb R.N. and holistic health pracitioner, and most important a mom.

Tanya - posted on 02/21/2012

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My 5 year old has the same problem. Has your daughter been tested for allergies? My son is allergic to everything and when he gets a cold it turns into bronchitis. He also gets this barking cough when he is around camp fires because he is allergic to trees. He does have an inhailer because his allergist calls his cough is an allergy induce asthma. They usually prescribe him an allergy pill until his cough goes away. It usually shows up certain times of the year.

Becky - posted on 02/21/2012

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My daughter has had the same thing. Her Dr. suggested giving her Dimetapp Cold & Allergy (helps her sleep, and part of the reason she was coughing was the back drip when she laid down) Also, and I know this will sound weird but it REALLY works, put Vapor rub on her feet and cover them with socks when she goes to sleep. This will stop the coughing at night. I promise!!!!!

Debi - posted on 02/21/2012

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sounds like it could be exercise induced asthma if it occurs after playing/activity. If she has a fever associated with it, it isn't asthma.

It could very well be allergies also... is she around anything that could be causing a problem (parent smoking in the home, animals in the house, hay for hamsters/guinea pigs etc)... you may need to take her to an allergist to rule out allergies. Hope she is able to get some relief from this! :)

Kristel - posted on 02/21/2012

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I took my kid to five different docotrs til we got the results of what was causing her cough for two months... Bacterial pnuemonia. They thought she was clear too til they saw her chest x-ray again almost a month later. I felt so bad because pnuemonia is painful and I did everything I could. My husband even thought I was crazy and it was a hormone thing because I was pregnant. Hope you figure it out.

Judi - posted on 02/21/2012

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We have found that we have wheat allergies in our family that caused the coughs. My husband and sons didn't really respond to inhalers or other meds, but when we stopped eating bread they all stopped coughing! For us it was wheat. Try that or some other things to see if that's the cause.

Charleen - posted on 02/21/2012

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I have no idea maybe her throat is dry try having her suck on mints or cough drops a lot and lots of water ask for codine for night time with tylenol as I can imagine the cough can get painful and that could help with it. Sorry that I dont have more for you but that might help.

Jackie - posted on 02/21/2012

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My daughter has a similar problem. She gets chiropractic adjustments and that helps. I have started to notice a pattern with her. Her cough acts up when it's wet and damp. Her cough is also more frequent at my home which is in the forest, and is less when at school or grandparents (less woodsy areas). Our nutritionist suggested mold spore & pine allergy. Both are enhanced when it rains in my area. A tsp. of honey works good, occasionally we use benadryl.

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