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Fran - posted on 09/10/2009
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.
Chey - posted on 02/21/2012
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
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
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
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
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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