2 year old neverending cough

User - posted on 11/18/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi. I have a gorgeous and energetic 2 year old. His first year of life was pretty sheltered (not much outside influence) so he was never really sick, but since the playgroup/swimming/soccer started it seems like he is always either coming out of a virus or catching a new one. Problem is, every single time it turns into the nastiest cough that keeps him awake and makes him choke and vomit. It is really heartbreaking! The last one has lasted about 8 weeks and I am going out of my mind. I've been to 3 different Doctors and it's always the same thing `let it run its course`. He's been treated for croup 3 times this year! I don't think he is ashmatic but I already suggested to a Dr that he might have bronchitis, and once again `oh well, take him home and wait until it's better`, BUT it lasts, and lasts and lasts.



I guess I am just wondering if anyone has the same issue and if it turned out to be something worse than just a viral cough, if I should take him to see a specialist, or is this normal as the Doctors say?

Do you use any OTC cough syrup - expectorant or suppressant (I am a bit scared as I know the FDA doesn't recommend children under 6 to have them anymore) but I am almost buying some to give the poor little guy a break. It breaks my heart to wake up with him coughing sometimes for 1 hour on and off trying so hard to sleep and not being able to!

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Patricia - posted on 12/03/2012

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My daughter also had the same thing. I kept her very sheltered and when she turned 2 I decided she needed to be with others. Then I got smart and said no more because after having to spend 8+ hours in the Er several times a month it got old. I think his health should come first. I would take him out of these programs for awhile until he can build up his immunity.



Our Daughter at 10 1/2 years old still has many allergies, intolerances and a low immunity.



I say just give his body some time to heal before throwing him back in there.

Arwen - posted on 12/02/2012

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Glad they figured it out! If you ever feel the need to " give him a break" try honey not cough syrup. Local raw honey is best but any works,

Megan Karrle - posted on 11/20/2012

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With all the small outbreaks of whooping cough and how harsh bronchitis can be on children, I would most likely opt to see a specialist if my insurance allowed it without a recommendation. If they want you to have a recommendation from your regular doc, then see him and explain as best you can that you would like him to recommend you see a specialist just to give you peace of mind at the very least. You would want to see a Pulmonologist which is a respiratory/lung doctor. At the very least you could start with an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor and check for sinus drainage and asthma or allergies. That's what I would do if it were my daughter and I had the option to. I'm not an authority on the subject or anything but I believe that it's always better to be safe than sorry. I wish you the best and hope that your son gets better soon and that it's nothing too serious.

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User - posted on 12/15/2012

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Arwen, I tried honey and even Vick Vaporub rubbed on his feet (thought it wouldn't hurt), but it didn't do a thing!

User - posted on 12/15/2012

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Hi Vikki. I gave him some cough supressant before bedtime during the worst of it because he would wake up coughing 5-6 times and it would persist for about 20 min to 1 hour before he was able to fall asleep again. Sometimes he would cough so hard he would vomit. He was super tired and cried in frustration because he couldn't sleep. I know Doctors don't recommend cough supressants BUT I can't lie there for nights on end seeing my baby suffering like that, I find it cruel, so I medicated him, I gave him the recommended dosage of a Pholcodine dry cough syrup and that worked as a charm and helped him catch up on his sleep. Unfortunately it took 4 trips to the GP before he was given a strong enough antibiotic to fight the chest infection. I am now giving him a vitamin gummy bear with echinacea, vitamin C and zinc everyday. It could be a coincidence but the last virus he caught didn't do much damage at all, just a runny nose. Maybe the vitamin works? Fingers crossed.
Patricia, thanks for the tip, he obviously stays away when sick but he is a very energetic, hyper little boy and I find that if I don't give him plenty to do he drives me bonkers. :)

Sarah - posted on 12/02/2012

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We had similar issues with Sam- our 3 year old. She was didn't do daycare for the first two years then I went back to work and she went to familys. When she was almost 3 we put her in daycare and she was sick for 6 months straight... to the point of hospitalization. It was determined that she had asthma. Every single time she gets a cold it turns in to this horrendous cough. She is medicated on a daily basis with a steroid inhaler and has nebulizer treatments when the inhaler isn't quite enough. But we also use honey. It seems to help her sleep.... night time is the worst! She coughs and coughs until she throws up. I really wish you the best in this journey! It took us several months to get things figured out and get her medicated so she was sleeping.

Heather - posted on 12/02/2012

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My daughter had a nasty cough when she was younger that wouldnt go away and it turn out to be allergies so that is something else you might check on if it happens again.

Vikki - posted on 11/29/2012

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My 26 month old daughter has had a chesty phlemy cough for over a week now, no fever ok in her self but its constant & driving me mad as well as her is there anything i can give her to help ease this cough i'm from london by the way

User - posted on 11/22/2012

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Just an update in case anyone is having the same problem. It turned out to be a chest infection! Amoxilin double strenght now and hopefully he will go back to normal!

User - posted on 11/20/2012

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Thanks for your reply. I am taking him to the Doctor this afternoon and we'll see what he says! My little man is expectorating a lot now but he's also got that phlegmy sound in his upper respiratory area which worries me, but other than that he is fine and even got his appetite back!

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