Toddler with a Chronic Cough!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!!!

Vivien - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi all you lovely Moms... My 3 year old has had a cough for close to two years now. He only gets better two or three days at a time, then he'll start coughing again. He usually coughs at night once he's fallen asleep. We've tested for allergies and we keep his room dust-free and he's got all kinds of anti-allergy things (bed, sheets, pillows, etc). He doesn't have asthma, even though I hear a wheezing in his breath when he gets a cough attack. The doctors just seem to keep thinking it's a bug... virus or bacterial and they keep giving him antibiotics. Surely, he can't be on antibiotics for ever! Has anyone been through a similar situation? His sleep is constantly interrupted and therefore so is mine!! I think I'm going to go crazy soon.... please help!

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Lara - posted on 03/08/2013

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My son got an ear infection at 2 months for the first time and that's when he started coughing for the first time. He is now 17 months and has a wet cough all the time. He has taken 9 times antibiotics till now for ear infections and after the end of the 10 day antibiotics treatment, cough is gone but 4 days later, it reappears (without him being congested or anything) and this happens every time he takes antibiotics. I do not know what to do anymore. He is on the waiting list to put tubes in his ears. Will also be doing a sweat test next week. He also takes the pump to clear his airways. He had pneumonia and finished his antibiotics for his last week and wet cough reappeared out of nowhere a few days ago.

Amanda - posted on 04/18/2010

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Hi there, It seems you have everything medicaly, and it all sounds good.. my son 3yrs old, has the same issues, I only consult homeopaths, and the ONLY thing that works is to cut out ALL dairy for 7 days, milk, cheese, yogurt, everything that contains milk, If there is a improvement, do it for another week, by now there sould be a good improvement. Nathan has a no dairy, no sugar diet and he has no more cough issues.

Kelly - posted on 04/18/2010

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Yes, that is exactly what is happening to me right now. I've been listening to my son cough all night long. I finally got up at 4am. He is still sleeping but I don't know what to do to help him. Any suggestions?

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2013

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You need to see a pediatric pulmonologist who can prescribe your son with a nebulizer. My son has had a chronic nighttime cough since he was six months old (he is now 2) that only occurs during the winter. In the summer he is the picture of health. We use a nebulizer treatment called "pulmicort" twice a day, and if he wakes in a particularly bad fit or has a cold, we use a nebulizer treatment called "xopenex" to open his airways. He is virtually the same as your child, no asthma or allergies. He did have chronic ear infections too, but he had tubes put in his ears last May and hasn't been sick (needing antibiotics) since. He is happy and the cough doesn't seem to bother him much. Sometimes he'll cough during the day, too. I like to get him outside into the fresh air which also seems to help.

Wendy - posted on 02/25/2013

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I can't get my daughter to stop coughing she just threw up all over me because she is coughing so hard. Help!!

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Steph - posted on 02/01/2013

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Would love to hear if u found anything out! We r dealing with this right now :(

Steph - posted on 01/27/2013

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This post is very old but im going through this very thing and hoping u are still part of this site and that we can talk!

Michelle - posted on 04/18/2010

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I understand you have seen the dr's about this but it definitely sounds like allergies, my son is like this and has been since he was little. My suggestion is buy some childrens liquid benedryl it is what I give my son and it really helps him and it has helped make the cough less noticable we still hear him at night but it is not as constant. I also give this to my daughter who is 1 years old.

Anne - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hi disturbed mom.I had the same problem with ma little gal who is now 4 years.The problem has subsided now .Thought it would go away as the baby grows up but just to be on the save side,Let the baby checked how his heart is.\there could be some connection although we hope for the best,we cant rule this out.Go to specialists my dear n all the best.Cheers

Karrie - posted on 04/08/2010

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I would also ask your doctor about reflux since it occurs when he is sleeping and maybe look into seeing a speech therapist it could be that he may have some sort of issue swallowing when he is trying to sleep and thus accumulating saliva causing him to cough, just some off ideas the can cause coughing. And the doctors should definitely be looking beyond antibiotic treatment at this point so maybe look at seeking a different pediatrician.

Vivien - posted on 04/06/2010

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Thank you so much, everybody! I hadn't considered RAD, but I will ask the doctor. Like you say, Burnadette, doctors are a bit in the dark these days with all the "new" diseases of this hi-tech, hi-additives, hi-everything age! He does have a humidifier in his room, but it doesn't do much :(..... Yes, he's seen about four different doctors, a GP, an allergy specialist, an ENT and a pediatrician. They've all prescribed different things, antibiotics, inhalers (which give him nightmares), nose sprays, etc... The ENT says the next step may be looking down his throat with a camera..... My son is usually very healthy, and during the day he appears to be fine. It's at night that the cough kicks, in which is really strange. He eats really well (veggies, fruit, fish, meat, dairy, all except eggs and nuts). He goes to kinder twice a week and day care once a week... yes, I know kiddies get sick all the time, but when he gets over colds and bugs, the cough persists. The journal idea is great, thank you so much! That way the doc can see exactly what's going on here. Thank you all so much. xoxoxo

Danielle - posted on 04/05/2010

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My niece has some breathing problems. She doesn't have asthma in a continuous sense but is more susceptible to becoming sick. When she does it's because her airways narrow and because of inflammation that she has trouble breathing in an "asthmatic" sense. I'd try to take her to another doctor. Asthma medication might help with breathing constriction. I've heard of kids being chronically ill. Do you stay home or is he in day care? If your son doesn't have a well developed immune system it could just be that day care is whooping him all the time. Despite our best efforts, kids are kids and that's dirty :). Start a journal and shove that in the doctor's face. Show his daily routine, eating, digesting, waking up. They'll have to face that if not you, good luck!!!

Serena - posted on 04/05/2010

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Does your insurance allow him to see another doctor or a specialist? I would get a second opinion, it may be something simple that was overlooked and it never hurts to have "new eyes" assess the situation. My sons get chronic coughs each time they get sick and it usually points to bronchiolitis or bronchitis and heals up with antibiotics. But I do understand your fear of too much antibiotics, I am the same way. Good luck though

Burnadette - posted on 04/05/2010

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My son went through the same thing for the first year of his life fortunately for me it seems at this point to be allergies he suffered alot with breathing problems as a baby alot having to due with the fact when he was born all the amniatic fluid went into his lungs. Try a cool mist humidifier that helps my son alot. Doctors this day dont know squat if u ask me maybe he needs a steroid possibly his longs arent mature enough which my sons were not.

Kristen - posted on 04/05/2010

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He could have reactive airway disease (RAD). Its worth checking with a doctor about it. Don't really know much about it but i've heard of it and I guess kids who have it tend to have a chronic cough. Good luck :)

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