January 31, 2008,
J.H. asks from Saint Paul, MN on January 25, 2008
My Baby Has Been Coughing for 5 Weeks - Help!
I brought my 5 month old to the doctor the beginning of January because she had been sick with a nasty cough since the middle of December. She ended up having an ear infection that we treated but the cough was "nothing." I accepted that because it is winter... Well she is STILL coughing/gagging/choking on all of the secretions she is coughing up. I am a little worried that she could aspirate her secretions or have other serious respiratory problems. None of this seems to be bothering her thankfully. She is a happy little girl. I talked with pulmonologist at my work and he was surprised that they havn't done all these tests. I guess I am in the middle, I don't want to ignore it if it is a serious problem but I don't want to put her through a bunch of testing for "just a cough." Oh, this is her 5th cold, and she is only 5 months old :( Have any of you had any experience with this type of thing?
J.R. answers from Minneapolis on January 26, 2008
If your kids go to daycare I wouldn't be surprised if they are sick all the time. Everyone sends their kids to daycare when they are sick and the germs just fly. We used to go to playgroup at ECFE and my kids were constantly sick and that was only once a week. I would ask your daycare provider, if you use one, if lots of kids have been sick.
Otherwise, my youngest was a baby he had a terrible "smoker-like" cough when he would sleep and it was reflux.
Mom to 4, going on 5
S.A. answers from Minneapolis on January 26, 2008
my gr.dauther has had 9 colds 7 ear infection and she had the surgery and had had one after that. i have heard many parents that they children have had many things in the passes few years. i guess it is because of the weather her doctor told my daughter she has to work thought it and bring her in if you feel you need to. their system has to work thought it.
C.O. answers from Minneapolis on January 26, 2008
My first son had one cold after another, all with nagging coughs that took a long time to go away. The worst was a horrible cough that would make him throw up when he was 6-months-old. It lasted 6 weeks. The doctors kept telling me it was nothing but one finally gave me Albuterol and the cough went away.
My second baby has been diagnosed with athsma (the symptoms started with a cold). Now I'm wondering if my first maybe had it, too, although not as bad.
You should ask your pediatrician to give your daughter a nebulizer treatment of Albuterol and see if it helps.
Some home remedies that work for my kids are using a humidifier when they sleep, Johnson's vapor bath (it smells like the Vicks vapor rub), and the baby vapor rub. Of course, taking them in the shower with you helps a lot, too.
J.L. answers from Minneapolis on January 26, 2008
I guess my question is have you taken her back to the Dr's since the beginning of January????I'm sure as a nurse you know things can develope into more serious conditions as time goes on. As a Mom you also have to go with your gut instinct, if you feel something is wrong you have to be your childs advocate. I would take her back to the Dr.
A.S. answers from Minneapolis on January 26, 2008
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R. answers from Minneapolis on January 26, 2008
Listening to kids cough is the worst. My second child had a nasty cough for the first year of his life that we were able to attribute to really nasty reflux. I saw you are a nurse so I am sure youve listened to her lungs... Are her lung sounds clear? If lungs are wheezy, gunky I would be more concerned than if they are clear. If it seems to be more upper airway I am wondering if reflux would be a possibility. Just a thought.
C.M. answers from Minneapolis on January 26, 2008
i take my children to dr.khorey at children's pediatric in woodbury,mn. they are very attentive. they also have an after hours clinic. most doctors at allina arent good pediatricians in my opinion. and general practioners have no idea what to do. the medical community is a machine pushing people in and out. you have to FIGHT for decent healthcare. it is your responsibility to push until she is well.
S.S. answers from Minneapolis on January 26, 2008
A pediatrician-approved home remedy that works for us is to put Vicks Vapo-rub on our son's feet, then socks or footie pajamas before going to bed. After an hour or so, he quits hacking. We might have to repeat once in the middle of the night, but it helps him get better sleep.
As for the cough, does he seem to have runny noses? Is it clear or green/yellow? I find that when my son is teething, his nose tends to run clear, and he's drooling a lot more. The drool makes him cough as much as a cold, but we're starting to figure out the difference.
Trust your instincts...if it still doesn't seem like "nothing," then push someone to look into RSV or asthsma. For what it's worth, I think there is a lot of this going around right now. Good luck!