How terribly frustrating it is when our little ones are sick and we can not help them. It is a utterly helpless feeling that you can not make things better for them.
The thing is, we can, we do, and we always will. We are their mothers after all. Thank goodness they created this site so that other mothers can give your an opinion of how they would handle things, or what steps they might take, that we never even were able to think about. Technology is a powerful tool.
My oldest middle child (Bryce) suffered from a wet cough from the age of 2, up until last year. This has been the first year that we have not experienced a wet cough from him from September - April.
At first we were given a diagnosis of Asthma since he would wheeze and have difficulty catching his breath when playing. He was prescribed an inhaler and we did "preventative" nebilizer treatments each night to try and help him. For the most part it did nothing but cause a big problem when it was time for treatment or the inhaler. Each one made him feel "funny" in his words at 2.
From there we did a series of allergy testing. I think this was worse on me than my son. Each week we would go into the allergist and they would stick him in each arm 100/150 times with a host of different foods and such to see what he was allergic to. But after a about 10 visits, we found he was not allergic to ANYTHING! He has some slight allergies to dust and mold, but nothing serious by any means.
He was then tested by his pediatrician for a host of different illness... like Cysticfibrosis and such, just to rule them out. Nothing came of any of the tests (Thank God).
At the age of 3 he began a monthly routine of throwing up violently and causing major dehydration. He pretty much was hospitalized every month this happened as I was just not able to keep the fluids in him well enough. He went through a year of testing with that as well, to have nothing turn up.
I think the part I found most frustrating, was that I was not able to clearly communicate with him to figure out what else was bothering him or even to come to a conclusion of what was wrong.
At the age of 4 we finally figured out the throwing up was due to Migraines he was getting and it was his bodies way of handling the pain.
Because I am a mother, my mothering took over and made me begin a research project. This was also due to some of my own medical concerns.
Which I call MamaJenns Mission. This led me to change our lifestyle to a Organic and natural lifestyle. We first changed our foods, then about 6 months later we switched our laundry, personal care and cleaning products to Organic.
For us, it helped clear up my own medical concerns, as well as help with my youngest (at the time) sons asthma that began to develop. But still was not making too much of a "Dent" in Bryce's cough. (after time we found the migraines were consistent with my monthly deep clean of the house).
Finally last year, I began a morning series of 2 tsp.Tahitian noni juice (a preventative natural juice from Noni plants), 20 drops of a tincture of "kids Cough" made by Whole Foods (a herbal supplement that supports the respiratory system) and 2 tsp of Sambucol Berry flavored kids. when is cough would get bad enough for it to hurt his throat, I would spray 2-4 sprays of Seagate Olive Leaf Throat spray and 1 spray of Colloidal Silver Throat Spray No more than 10 days consistent use!!!). At night I would give him all of this, and an extra added boost of B&T Cough & Bronchial Syrup with Zinc (Natural homeopathic). Most of these products I purchase online!
Every 8 weeks I would have him take a break from it for a week. (as you should with anything you are taking regularly). I
made sure his school had extra water on hand to keep him hydrated during the day and keep that "itch" out of his throat. I can not get him to drink Lukewarm or hot tea.. so this was what I found best to work for him. Last year and this year I have provided all the boys teachers with cleaning supplies to be used in the classroom around them. I provide the cleaning wipes, the cleaning sprays, the hand sanitizers and the soap. (Just a small cost to trying to keep the kids healthy) (although it is not too much of a cost since I have changed the lives of 2 teachers with the products I provided (they now ask me for the products)).
So, not sure how if any that helps you. Just my 5 cents (inflation included) worth of advice for you on the path that we chose to take in life to help our little one. Like I mentioned before. This is the first year we have not experienced a wet cough from him and it is now December (knock on wood). Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have... just send me a short note and I will send you my personal email address. Cant post it on here since I get enough junk email (winks). Have a great day!
Mama Jenn - Bealeton, VA
Step mother to Nich~16 Christian~15
Mama to Bryce~9, Austin~7 and Taylor~almost 2