July 18, 2010,
K.S. asks from Farmville, VA on July 16, 2010
Hello moms...please help,
My daughter just recently turned one and weighs about 23 lbs, I have a scheduled appointment on the July 20th with her doctor. With that information i want to ask what other moms have found that help with a cough that is most likely caused by allergies. I have been giving her 1/2 tsp of zyrtec everyday and it doesn't seem to be making a difference. Her cough sounds flemmy and she wakes every morning with a stuffy nose that diminishes by mid morning. Her cough is on and off throughout the day, but seems to get worse while she is trying to fall asleep once asleep i don't hear much from her. My husband doesn't believe me that there isn't anything else that we can do for her so i am using this as my last resource. Please Moms help, my poor baby girl is suffering with this and i don't know what else to do, is there anything that you have done that has helped relieve some of the congestion or dry them up.
K.H. answers from Washington DC on July 18, 2010
J.C. answers from Richmond on July 17, 2010
My daughter has the same issue with drainage causing a cough that never ends. I also use zytec. But find that when she still has the drainage it works to use a nasal spray. She is using a generic for flonase. That always does the trick and she won't cough at all. Good luck
S.L. answers from Washington DC on July 18, 2010
Most allergy meds are approved for children over 2 because that's the age they were tested on and proven safe. Unfortunately children don't always wait until they are 2 to have clinical allergy symptoms. As a pediatrician I personally object to the post that states the most likely reason the doctor prescribed the medicine was some financial incentive from the drug rep. Whenever I use zyrtec or Claritin off label I make sure parents understand that it hasn't been approved in this age group and the potential side effects. I also review methods to reduce allergen exposure such as those mentioned by others. There are problems with skin and blood testing for allergies that limit their usefulness in isolation. You have to look at the entire patient to help interpret the results and determine how to adjust someone's lifestyle. If testing indicates an allergy but on repeated exposure there have never been any problems or if the test is negative but after exposure there is a life threatening response you have to go with what the body is telling you. Most allergist would delay testing until there's enough exposure to affect the test which is typically after 2 unless there is a life threatening response.
I'd say try some of the methods others have recommended but keep the dose of antihistamine at half a teaspoon (you could see if there's a better response to loratadine/Claritin). If no major improvement after daily use after 2 weeks you should go back to the doctor.
C.W. answers from Indianapolis on July 17, 2010
Also ask your doc about reflux. This is common with young ones. When she lays down at night, if the reflux is coming up high enough it will cause a cough and morning stuffy nose. People don't realize if reflux is bad enough it can come all the way up to the throat and nose when laying down. So don't just assume it's allergies.
L.D. answers from Minneapolis on July 16, 2010
I've been there and also recommend the allergy testing. There could be a pet or food that is causing her to cough. With the flemmy cough and stuffy nose, it sounds like she has some allergic rhinitis going one. They might be able to give her nasonex, an allergy nose spray that helps dry her up as well. If you find a good allergist, I'm sure you'll get help. My son is 3 and I've spent a ton of time reading and researching this area, not to mention countless visits to specialists. One other thought is a pediatric pulmonologist is another doctor to consider, also very helpful. Your daughter will be fine, keep us posted and feel free to email if you have any questions.
G.F. answers from Richmond on July 18, 2010
Ask the doctor to help you determine the presence of any food allergies. Some serious culprits are: dairy, additives, dyes or wheat. Evaluate what she eats and try to observe any reactions in her following various foods like crankiness, mood changes, sleepiness, etc. Also, it would behoove you to use sheets with allergy guard and wash her bedding frequently. If you don't already give her vitamins, she needs them to give her body internal fortitude
to fight back. She needs a lot of green vegetables and bright yellow or orange, to give her foods to boost her alkalinity. If you need to supplement this, respond, I can give you some pointers. Hope you find your answers.
S.C. answers from Norfolk on July 17, 2010
Wait until your see her doctor to try anything. It could be allergies(environmental and/or food) but it can also be an early sign of asthma. If she is stuffy in the morning you can use a plain saline nose spray and bulb syringe to help clear it.
She could be sensitive to something in her room so clean all bedding, remove stuffed animals, dust, and if there is carpet have it cleaned. If you have pets make sure they stay out of her room. A humidifier and/or air cleaner may help.
N.P. answers from San Francisco on July 16, 2010
When you visit your doctor, ask for allergy tests to be ordered for your daughter or a referral to an allergist. You need to find out the cause of the congestion so you can eradicate it instead of just trying to treat the symptoms. I've suffered from allergies my whole life and my mother took me to get a skin patch test when I was very young. Turns out I'm pretty much allergic to all life on this planet. Sucks to be me!
Maybe you'll find out your daughter is allergic to a particular animal or plant she's coming into contact with and you can remove the allergen from your home.
It gets better though. I was a miserable snot nosed little booger factory growing up but now I have two cats, a bird and even some indoor plants and no congestion! Some allergies just get outgrown I guess.
Another thing that helped a ton when I was all stuffed up and miserable as a kid is a humidifier with a reservoir for some vicks vapo liquid. Set it up to run at night but make sure to air the room out during the day and wipe down the window sills so you don't get mold growing there.
J.B. answers from Los Angeles on July 17, 2010
she could also be asthmatic. my daughter was the same way at her age. use a full tspn as long as the dr approves it. i used childrens benadryl (with dr ok) because it does the same thing as the zyrtec and its cheaper. get a cool mist humidafier in her room and suction her nose out really well before bed. i only say asthma because my daughters airway gets inflamed and sounds really wet and flemmy but also note that my daughter never wheezes and her lungs are always clear and she is asthmatic. deffinately voice your concerns with her dr. good uck