My 2month has a horrid cough n she chokes n gasp for breath... can someone....

Samantha - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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My 2 month old has this horrible cough to the point were she cant breath and she chokes and gasp for air i have took her to the ER time after time and to her doctor time after time and all they sayis its just her ajusting to life and things.. they never give me a good answer its either let her sleep sittin up .. give her more water in her formula and so on yet nothing has worked she sitll coughs like crazy... im startin to get worried and im tired of takin to doctor after doctor .. any advice

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Kristin - posted on 03/28/2010

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They may be right. At her age, reflux is really common and if she slumps a little could be choking a bit. How does she do if laying down, but with the head of her bed elevated? My youngest used to scare the hell out of me with this too. It does pass.

Christina - posted on 03/29/2010

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My baby had the same problem when he was born. It started out with congestion and wouldn't go away. Then came the coughing and weezing. I'ma tell that baby probably has asthma or bronchotis. Because that's what my baby was diagnose with. They gave him abuterol but that wasn't working by itself so then they placed him on a steroid along with the abuterol and that helped a lot. He still coughs when it's a little too cold. But me and my fiancce just have to adjust the temperature a little in the house. Ask your doctor about this maybe they are missing something. But it has to be something with the lungs. But please check to make sure she doesn't have what my little one has. Just the thought of a child going through something is heartbreaking and I know it is for you especially when the doctors are going in circles. Hope everything goes well. God Bless!!!

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Have her tested for a wheat allergy.. she may need to be on a gluten free diet when she is able to start solids.. take her to see an allergy specialist.. or switch her to soy formula and see if that helps her

Angela - posted on 03/31/2010

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I feel it would be worthy of wondering if you have any mould in your home?
Also, invest in a vapourizor, or a humidfyer, I believe a Hymidfyer is better because It turns the water into sanitized water and then puts moister in the air. I hope that this has become helpful and perhaps her cold can be improved by the air quality, even if there is no mould. Try some vicks too! ♥ Good Luck :)

Karen - posted on 03/31/2010

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hi i haven't read all of the post that were sent to you but i was thinking it sounds like whooping cough, if the dr.'s are saying it is reflux have you put her on a diffrent formula. i used nestle good start in the orange can, it was great. i don't know too much about the reflux, hehe except for adults. haha. but if the dr. isn't doing anything you need to demand all of the previous options be checked. i will be praying for you and your little one. there is nothing worse then a sick baby and being a new baby at that is stinky too. good luck.

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Felicia - posted on 10/16/2013

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my baby has been doing the same for a month of his life. he has this really bad cough and it sounds like he could throw up any minute sense he coughs all the time and gasp for breath like he doesnt have any air i took him to the er and they said nothing is wrong with him.. but i dont think its normal and it worries me.

Rona - posted on 04/01/2010

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Did you have her vaginally or c-section? My youngest son (16 months old now) did that very thing and no matter what I tried he would cough like he was congested. I would even worry at night that he wasn't breathing (even while sitting up). I just kept in mine what his pediatrician told me the day he was born..... with C-section babys, it takes a lot longer for their lungs to throw off all the mucus (plecenta and other fulids from the water bag) because it doesn't go thru their digestive system and then come out in the "tar" diapers the first week or so that they're born. Kinda makes sense I guess.... anyway by son spent the first 6 months coughing and wheezing like he either had asthma or a chest congestion. But each trip to the doc, er, and even calling his nurse they would all tell me the same.

Laura - posted on 03/31/2010

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oh yes, almost forgot to add... turned out she was also lactose intolerant... I switched her to soy milk for a few months and THAT was amazing too (she has outgrown this by the way and is fine with dairy now)... my doc told me that milk intolerance is actually not at all uncommon in little ones and, for the record, dairy also promotes growth of mucus which might contribute to all her poor choking and coughing...

Laura - posted on 03/31/2010

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I agree, get another doctor... and take some questions in to them from these posts. My daughter has acid reflux and for almost a year they had her on Prevacid for it, the stuff is amazing. We took her in after she screamed and cried all night, keeping us up, after a series of rough nights, and I was scared. Put her on Prevacid, and within 24 hours she was a different child. That, combined with giving her smaller meals more often (less to flux up), and keeping her upright for 30min after eating, helped her through the worst of it. She's off meds now... go to a doc, ask questions, and see if they'll give you some of the dissolving tabs of Prevacid just to try.

Good luck!

Melanie - posted on 03/31/2010

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when she breaths is the top and bottom of her chest getting sucked in if so get her to the ER straight away. is she vomiting up and flem? dont give up keep taking her to as many doctors as you need to. my 11mth old jst spent a week in hospital with a UTI it took me 2 days of trying many diff docs before i got one that would listen to me she had a temp of 40 but they were all saying she was fine anway the head paed at the hospital told me i was lucky i got her here when i did (even though i had already taken her there and ER just sent me home)

Alyssa - posted on 03/31/2010

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Let her sleep in a bouncer and see if that helps. Find a doctor that you can go to that isnt in the ER. She may have the croup. Id get her check out for it.

Bobbi - posted on 03/31/2010

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All the other mothers are giving you sound advice... All I would recommend is to buy a vicks vaporizer. Its an humidifier made by Vicks, you ad the vicks vaposteam liquid to it with the water and it smells like vicks. It helps us alot. My 10 year old was diagnosed with asthma this past year but shes had strep throat at least 5 times a year since shes was born. She had RSV when she was 3 weeks old. My other daughter had to have and upper GI series of tests because the little flap in your throat that opens and closes when you breathe and eat would stay open all the time. She would have projectile vomit all the time. Ask the NEW drs to do one and also test for the whooping cough. If she has it she will sound like a seal when she coughs.

Desirae - posted on 03/31/2010

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I had the same problem with my son. I took him to the dr. 3 times and they wouldn't help me. You might try setting up a humidifier where she sleeps. That really help my son get over it. Also if she's phlemmy suck her throat out with a bulb-sucker. She'll absolutely hate it but it get that stuff out of there.

Lesley - posted on 03/31/2010

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Have you tried steaming up the bathroom and sitting there with your baby or young child i had to do this a few times when my children were younger they are now teenagers and one is 25 years.

Nicole - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son had a cough when he was born too. It turns that coughing is a sign of reflux. He never threw up so I had no idea he had reflux. Talk to the doctor about putting your baby on some reflux medication (AXID). I was against this at first and tried everything not to put him on it but in the end it was the best thing.

Mary - posted on 03/30/2010

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my youngest daughter that is now 4 monthes had the same semptoms when she was born. She would keep me up all night and would scare the crap out of me. She would cough all night and was so congested. It seemed she was choken on her on spit.The doctor said it was reflux and put here on a medicine called ranitidine. So i started to give it to her 3 times a day like it said. I stopped the medicine and 2 weeks later she started coughing agian. I noticed every time i stop givin it to her it comes back. I asked the doctor and he said to just keep giving it to her that she will grow out of it. So i give it to her for a couple of days and it goes away. He said every child is diffrent; some stay on it longer then others but that it would go away. She is still on the medicine. The last time she started coughing and being congested was about 3 weeks ago.

Tabitha - posted on 03/30/2010

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maybe try a humidifier and vicks vapor oil thing that you leave in the room i cant think aboiut the name of it right off the top of my head but it is a thing that vaporizer there. you use the oil and see if maybe that works cuz chances are it is mucus making her choke

Donna - posted on 03/30/2010

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yep Iclean alot t, have to with 3 children, my lil boy has started coughng again, cold be the chane of temp in my house again , from wrm to cold thinking about it.

Tymbre - posted on 03/30/2010

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hi, i just wanted to share this with you. when my daughter was 2 months old she and i caught Pertusis. at first the doc saidd it was croupe, well with meds and it didnt get any better then he changed the diaognisis to Bronchitis put her on a nebulizer. a few wks later she was no where near better and one night she gought to coughing soo bad she turned blue we rushed to the ER at shands and they ran a test and found that she had contracted Pertusis. its a very scarry illness and it was hard espically if you yourself has it too. not saying that is what it is but sound pretty close. i think you should get other Doctors opinions and dont stop pushing till you are completly satisfied with the care your daughter is getting!! God Bless!!!

Samantha - posted on 03/30/2010

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well i been up all night wit her she hasnt ate a full bottle since about 5 30 and she has only ate about 2 ounces since then and its bout 4:22 and she hasnt slept at all

Jane - posted on 03/30/2010

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well, been there done that.....i spent the first 4 mths of ninas life sleeping sitting up in the recliner with her laying on my chest just so she could get some sleep.....she did all the same things you are going through...everytime i layed her down, or put her in her carseat, she would wake up screaming and coughing.....she never slept more than 2 hours at a time..... she just made 2 in december, and it wasnt until october before she slept through the night....i actuallly woke up checking on her i was so scared.....we had the breathing treatments, told it was croup, it was a virus....etc.etc.etc.....she has also fought vomiting and diarhea, off and on through out this ordeal.....we are now about to see a GI specialist as the diarhea and vomiting have been lasting for about 3 mths....hardly eating......etc....she is doing a little better, but we think it is either bad acid reflux or gluten intolerance.....she cant drink milk and is on the enfagrow next step soy formula....thank goodness for wic....also, when she was about 2 or 3 mths, we put her on the enfamil AR.....it has rice water in the formula....the rice water is good for colicy babies.....you just boil rice, and take about 2 ozs of the water in a bottle and it helps settle their tummies.....it helped until she was about 7 mths, when the diarrhea got really bad, and we had to eliminate all milk products....it has been a long hard road......i am not young, i am 48, and this is my granbaby.....not only was up all nite with her all this time, but i also had a 4 yr and 3 yr old at the time i was also having to take care of ....they live with me....so i was always exhausted.....hubby works offshore, so when he was gone, it was really hard on me.....when he was home, it was hard too, cause he wanted to sleep....lolol....he would joke he needed to go to work to get some rest....but seriously, i hope it all works out for you....try to get them to let you see a gi dr and see what is really going on...reflux is really dangerous....the reason reflux causes coughing, is not just because it is in the throught, but because when you lay down, it can back up into their lungs....that is wyh it would sound like the croup.....and also in the sinuses.....thus the runny nose......good luck, let us know what the dr says.....

Chelle - posted on 03/29/2010

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Definitely see a different doctor, there are unfortunately no shortages of cases where doctors have misdiagnosed. Our little man has currently developed a cough. It could have started from congestion with teething- as he is 17mths old. We were told he has a virus and there is nothing we can do to treat it. So we have raised his mattress, put a humidifier on in his room over night, kept him rugged up and put vicks on his chest as well as try to get him to drink as much water as possible. He seems to be making good progress with these things. I understand how scary it would be for you though! I hate it when my little man is sick and with the cough he sounded so squeaky!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/29/2010

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I'll keep you in my prayers... i have no additional advice that hasn't already been added. Our 10 month old son has gotten a bad congestion cold twice now, the first time they told me saline drops to help break up the mucus, and sent us away- but after three more days of his throat being raw because of the coughing and gasping for air, and the runny nose, and crying we took him back. Then they gave him an in office breathing treatment of Abuterol, and a prescription for an antibiotic, & liquid Abuterol. And i propped up his mattress with extra blankets rolled up, and used a humidifier. I wish you luck.

Jennifer - posted on 03/29/2010

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Have they tested her for whooping cough and or commonly called now days as pertusis-- its hard to diagnois but i myself caught it from a 6 month old and i spent 34 days in the hospital at age 25 with it its very dangerous and is what u described- i would cough till i almost turned blue and couldnt get my breath and would wheeze or whoop in between coughing spells- I SO hope this is not the case but it would be worth asking about --- the only way to determine if its whooping cough is by bloodwork that takes a couple days to get back and it can be treated with ivs antiibiotics hope this helps

Christina - posted on 03/29/2010

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from what you just said you sure she doesn't have strep throat. That could be something serious.

Samantha - posted on 03/29/2010

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thanks everyone me and my mom decided tommrrow were takin her to a diffrent doctor cuz tonight it got so bad that she wasnt crying it was screaming and it sounds like her throat it burnign her and the last time she ate was at 5 and she wont eat so im hopin wen she wakes up she will eat if not its off to the er for us tonight and it just scares me cuz she gasp for air in her sleep and i don get any sleep cuz i stay up makin sure she is still breathing

Christina - posted on 03/29/2010

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I forgot to tell you also it was a neubilizer for breathing....but also the doctor might tell you to elevate her so that the gravity can pull congestion or anything downward instead of upward.

Samantha - posted on 03/29/2010

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oh deff no mold in my house lol my house is like spik and span lol i clean ALOT but yea i been thinkin about gettin a diffrent chest to put her clothes in

Monica - posted on 03/29/2010

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When my daughter (1month) had her coughing fit, and was all congested I took her into the bathroom turned on the hot water, and sat with her so the steam would calm her down. Hope that helps.

Donna - posted on 03/29/2010

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yeah my health visitor and doctor have both said the same to me as my son had the same problem and he's 5weeks, i've done the propping, never the water in the feed, who gave you that advice that's a bit bad of them. The only other thing is make sure your babies clothes are not damp or the bedding and keep chest coverd with nice fitting clothes, as the cold could be getting to him/her, annd check to make sure he/she not slepping next to mold on the wall. Hope this helps.

Samantha - posted on 03/29/2010

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thats wat my mom says that we should go to someone else and get another opionon

Amanda - posted on 03/29/2010

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If you belong to a group practice try talking or seeing a different pediatrician. It doesn't hurt to get a second opinion. Trust your gut!

Abbie - posted on 03/29/2010

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steam might help a bit if you take little one with you let them sit in their baby chair when you have a nice hot bath the steam might help to open up airwaves then prop them up when sleeping hope it helps a bit x

Samantha - posted on 03/29/2010

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see its stupid the doctors never even bother to check anything but her eyes nose and throat and then her chest and they say her lungs sound fine and say send her home just give her some mylicon she has reflux yet we do that and do wat they say and have her sleep up right yet it still hasnt stopped so i prob takin her to a diffrent doctor this week im tired of them blowin her off just cuz they are lazy



the sad thing is the frist time we took her to the ER they gave us a persctipiton and wen we went to fill it out the pharmacy was like this is for a 5 year old they had gave us someone elses perscripiton these ppl are just lazy its sad

Amanda - posted on 03/28/2010

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I like the other poster's suggestion of trying another doctor!

To elevate our little ones' crib mattresses when they have congestion, we place a folded blanket or two under one end of the mattress.

When you take her to the ER make sure they are checking her oxygen level. They use the portable blood pressure machine and wrap a bandage like thing with a red light around a finger or toe. It measures percent of oxygen in the blood (something to that effect?). At any rate, it should be 97-100. Also, ask to speak to or have your child checked by a respiratory therapist.

In addition to the bluish tint in the finger & toe nails, the area around the lips would be bluish or grayish if she's oxygen deprived.

We've been through RSV & similar, and I have learned that I am the mommy and if I think something is wrong, I know best about my child!! Trust yourself! Wishing you the best for your little one,
God's blessings to you!

Yordanos - posted on 03/28/2010

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My 3 month old had the same thing and her doctor gave me a nebulizer machine for breathing treatments. 4 days later her cough stopped.

Samantha - posted on 03/28/2010

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yea like right now were tryin to get her to sleep and all she has been doin is screaming bloody murder and coughin and she cant sleep i feel so bad and i worry all night so i haven got like any sleep and i been thinkin about changein her doctor cuz they just tell me to go home cuz its just her adjusting..



but i prob will take her and ask them to check her fingers and toes thanks you guys this has been soooooo helpful i been so worried and still am

Kristin - posted on 03/28/2010

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When she's in her bassinet, can you tilt the whole thing safely so that her head is elevated a couple of inches? I don't know what kind you have but think breaks on and use large books (not paper backs). She needs to be elvated and not folded for about 30 minutes to an hour after eating. Slightly smaller, more frequent feedings can help too. Save bigger feeding for before bed (about 30 - 60 minutes) and night time, as you don't want to mess with her sleeping.



Anne was dead right to check her fingers and toes. Oxygen deprivation is not good. Use your instincts and pester the doctor as you feel you need to.

Samantha - posted on 03/28/2010

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well see she was coughin but it got worse wen she layed in her abssinett but i live in the country lol

Anne - posted on 03/28/2010

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Has is just started recently? Could it be croup, allergies, maybe something in the crib or pet dander? I would be horrified. Do u live in or near a big city, I would take her to another ER. Check her fingers and toes too if you aren't getting enough oxygen they will have a bluish tint. My advice would be when in doubt get her checked out. Moms always know when something isn't right, so don't second guess yourself. ; )

Samantha - posted on 03/28/2010

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well thats wat the last doctore said that she had reflux and it got worse wen i had moved her from her carseat to her bassinet i just started puttin her bak in her carseat and sittin up.. but wen she lays flat she wakes up every two hours from coughin and chokin her self

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