asthma

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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can anyone recommend a good nightime cough medicine for a child with asthma? He is 5 years old and can't sleep at night he's coughing so much

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Fran - posted on 09/10/2009

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Well, it all depends on why he is coughing. If is the asthma that is causing the cough, no cough medicine with work, because asthma constricts the airways, and he is coughing because he can't get enough air. I would suggest discussing this with your doctor, before giving him anything. My daughter has asthma, and we were finally able to get her on a maintenance program with her puffers, but this was done, by working with her doctor and tracking her cough.



If he is coughing due to a cold, or phlegm in his throat, the pharmacist can recommend the best cough syrup for his age and type of cough. Try using a vapourizer in the room, to help keep his throat moist overnight.



Good Luck.

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Laney - posted on 12/17/2013

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My son developed a horrible cough at only 2 months old...and as a new and young mother I freaked and took him to the doctor. At that time they told me that it was just a cold...and in due time that he would get over it. Well needless to say it didn't not get any better and he spent more time coughing then he did eating or sleeping....it kept him up at night and at nap times...and he would not eat like he normally would. For 13 months doctor visit after doctor visit...4 different doctors....multiple times of explaining the cough and how bad it was and that it was not just one thing that set him off...and that it was so many different things. I finally pushed for something more to be done for test to be ran....I told the 4th doctor in that doctors office that if they did not look into this cough more then what they had done in the last 13 months that I was going to be taking my 15 month old at this time to see a different doctor and that we would not return to the office ever again. after looking over his charts and talking with the other 3 doctors they decided to send him to have a full chest x ray which showed his lungs where hyper-inflamed and started him on the rescue inhaler that day. he also had a breathing treatment before leaving the doctors office for the x ray because I had them check his oxygen levels and they were extremely low. A few weeks later they started him on a preventative inhaler twice and day and also singular at night and the rescue inhaler as needed. He is now 3 1/2 years old and still suffers from asthma and almost anything sets it off. when he gets a cold which is normally minor for most kids his is 3x as bad. I have to use his rescue inhaler every 3-4 hours until all cleared up. Which sometimes last anywhere between 2 weeks and 8 weeks. If its asthma related check with a doctor before giving a cough med...cause the asthma could be much worse then you or they thought....and you made need to change the meds or dosage....good luck I know it was a long process for my family and I. Hugs and well wishes

Charleen - posted on 02/21/2012

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dimetapp works for both my kids the generic equate one lasts longer because the amount is more but that works on 6 yr old and 2 yr old.

Chey - posted on 02/21/2012

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My asthma and allergy specialist prescribed Robitussin dm 1 tsp as needed for my son. It is an adult formula but it is the only thing that works. I usually only have to give him one dose and the cough is cleared up. My son was five when he prescribed it. Hope it helps.

Amber - posted on 02/21/2012

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He needs to be seen about his asthma and put on a different inhaler. Cough medicine really isn't recommended even at 5 years old unless 100% necessary and they like to rule out other problems first. The problem with Cough meds is that if your child has any mucus in their lungs and you give those cough meds it will increase risk of pnemonia.

Jill - posted on 02/19/2012

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With my daughter, if she is coughing persistently at night because of her asthma, we do breathing treatments,via nebulizer ( with Xopenex or Albuterol) right before she goes to bed. Then, we give her daily asthma dose 15 minutes later, once the airways are opened up. If it is more a coughing virus/cold, we have had good luck with Delsym.

Jodi - posted on 09/10/2009

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Both my kids had childhood asthma My daughter still has problems with it occasionally), and I found a vaporiser in the room, and a puff of ventolin before bed helped with the night time coughs. Also, I found the coughing was worse if the air in their room was cold, so I kept a thermostat heater in their bedroom at night too.

Liz - posted on 09/10/2009

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Sometimes asthma is from gastric reflux and when sleeping, the reflux irritates the airway causing cough. To answer your question a great suppressant is Delsym, a 12 hour suppressant available over the counter, low cost, 1 tsp every 12 hours. But I agree a Provider check is in order, if it's asthma, it's not controlled, perhaps due to reflux, perhaps an allergy (dust mites love bedding and if your little one has asthma due to an environmental allergy like dust then an antihistamine might be the best answer).

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