non stop coughing 3 year old advice needed

Jen - posted on 09/30/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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i took my near 3 year old son to the doctors last tuesdsay as he tore his rectrum and was coughing now and again well the doctor said he was little bunged up and he should be better but the last two day he has got a serious runny nose and wont stop coughing he hasnt a fever or anything do i take him back because the doctor was like he doesnt look poorly im sure he will be fine and if he is still playing his not that ill. ive tried parcetmol and simple lictus and today ive brought some bennylin praying this work. where i am we are having crazy wheather its october tomoz and we are having a heatwave this week so i dont know if it thats affecting him.

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Jen - posted on 09/30/2011

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thanks ladies i got an appointment on tuesday for him the doctor didnt check his ears last time he just listened to his chest and checked down his throat

Katherine - posted on 09/30/2011

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I agree with Cynthia and the others...take him back. He could have something else now. A simple cold can turn into an upper respiratory infection rather quickly, I've had it happen with my daughters. Well daughter. My oldest. She got a sinus infection. I don't mean to be gross, but is his mucus clear? Or is it green or yellow? If it's colored that's a sign of infection.

Cindy - posted on 09/30/2011

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I would take him back to the doctor. The runny nose and cough could be allergies/sinus and if not treated it could turn into a sinus infection. My SD had the same thing two weeks ago. The cough could also be from the mucus getting into his lungs. It can also be from post nasal drip.

Liz - posted on 09/30/2011

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That's the reason that US docs don't give it to children under 4, as it is notorious for not working. If he's not showing any of the danger signs and the doctor has recently checked his ears for signs of infection, then try not to worry too much.

I know how harrowing it is to listen to a youngster with a terrible cough, especially at night when it stops them from settling (and us too, right?) but if you're taking steps to ease that cough, help his breathing and you know his ears are okay, then it might just be a watch-and-wait game for a bit.

Sending you hugs, as I'm going through similar at the moment too.

Jen - posted on 09/30/2011

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elizabeth thank you but im from the uk and simple lictus is want the doctors has gave him on lots of occassions it doesnt harm him but doesnt help much either they changed it to the one up to that but tht dont work on my son either.

Liz - posted on 09/30/2011

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The advice we're given here in the States is also that no child under the age of 4 should have any kind of cough medicine, even simple linctus, because all it really does is make them drowsy. I'd avoid that if I were you.

Liz - posted on 09/30/2011

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Did the doctor check his ears? A lingering cough is often a sign of ear infection in infants and toddlers. There is a risk of this after even as little as 5 days with a cough.



My daughter (20 months) was recently diagnosed with a double ear infection that required prompt antibiotic treatment, despite her only symptom being a cough. She wasn't cranky, was still playing, didn't have a fever and wasn't tugging her ears, but her eardrums were bulging.



At the end of the antibiotic course, her cough came back with a wheeze and now she has bronchiolitis. She has only just narrowly avoided needing to go to hospital and yet has been happy and playing the whole time, in between short bouts of irritability that we'd put down to 'the terrible twos'.



If it's a week or more since you saw the doc and the cough is continuing, then yes, you should take him back, in case his ears are now infected and he needs antibiotics.



In the meanwhile, continue with paracetamol, try a spoonful of honey to ease his throat (note to any other moms, no honey to a child under 1 year old due to the risk of botulism), elevate his head a little when sleeping if you can do this safely. We have a mist humidifier for my daughter's room, because we know she's prone to this kind of thing due to her prematurity, but even if this is the only serious cough your son has had it might still be worth investing in a humidifer. When room air is dry (this happens especially over winter, but could already be an issue when lungs are sensitive) it massively exacerbates a cough.



When he's having a really bad coughing fit, try taking him into a really steamy bathroom and letting him breathe in the steam for a while.



The danger signs to look out for are:



- rate of breathing. At his age, he shouldn't be breathing faster than 40 times a minute. More than 50 or 60 could be signs of respiratory distress.



- nostril flaring and retractions, which are when the skin at the top of his chest and around his ribs appear to concave when he is breathing, due to the extra effort;



- any signs of blueish tinge around fingernails, lips or eyes in particular - this would be due to lack of oxygen and would necessitate a trip to the ER.



At the end of the day, go with your gut instincts. It really doesn't matter if your doctor or the staff there think that you're paranoid. It's better to be safe than sorry, especially if your son is in distress with this cough.



I hope he feels better soon. Good luck.

Connie - posted on 09/30/2011

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this time of year my little one suffers from allergies and has a cough, runny nose...i keep lots of kleenex on hand and got her some claritin chewables they take them once a day and it helps immensly. good luck and God bless!

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