A.W. asks from Zeeland, MI on February 13, 2008
Should I Seek Second Opinion for Persistent Cough?
My daughter is 13 months old. It seemed like she had a constant cold from Sept - Jan with a short break in Dec. Her cold in January ended with an ear infection, and she transitioned from the ear infection into a nasty, full-body rash brought on by an apparent allergy to Amoxicillin! She's finally normal again, but she's still got a cough that hasn't really gone away since Thanksgiving. It seems like a "throat" cough - it doesn't sound like it's in her chest, and it sounds mucusy, like she's just clearing her throat. She wakes a few times at night coughing, then goes back to sleep. Her doctor didn't seemed worried about it, even though I have brought it up every time I've had to take her in. I'll probably take her somewhere else for a second opinion, but I was wondering if any other moms had similar experiences with their babies and a persistent (although seemingly harmless) cough. I've thought maybe it had to do with teething, but it sounds more like she's coughing up mucus than "choking" on saliva. She is not exposed to any cigarette smoke, either.
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Thanks for all the great responses! I have done some online research of Cough-Variant Asthma as well as Acid Reflux and how it relates to asthma and coughing, so I now have a lot of specific questions for the doctor. I'm having trouble finding a doctor who will see my daughter strictly as a "second opinion" - they all want me to switch to their office as our PCP, which I am not willing to do at this time. I think I will make an appointment with the current Pediatrician specifically for the cough, and see how it goes. If he still shrugs it off, it may be time to switch to another doctor anyway :) Thanks again for all the help!
L.U. answers from Grand Rapids on February 14, 2008
I have 2 children my self an 11 and 8 year old. My 11 year old had the same problems and I had to take him to an allergy specialist and found out that he was allergic to cats and mildew and dust. Tell the doctor you want to see an allergy specialist and if the doctor doesn't want to do that then I would seek another doctor.
L.C. answers from Grand Rapids on February 14, 2008
I received an email about putting Vicks Vaporub on the bottom of both feet. My husband and I compared it to all the active ingredients in Walmart's similar salve and it works. Rub the salve on both feet at bedtime and put a sock on each foot. See if that helps. People who have had a bad cough had a very peaceful night with very little coughing and got much needed rest. One of my friends tried this and it was a tremendous help.
My children are all grown up but I have a 13- year old and 11- year old granddaughter and I put it on one of them and it helped.
P.L. answers from Detroit on February 14, 2008
Allergies would be my first guess but I would take her to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor. My youngest who is 8 is having the same problem so that is my next step also.
L.N. answers from Benton Harbor on February 13, 2008
I have a 13 month old also, and it sounds like you are describing him! Both of my younger kids were sick every winter, all winter. The 3.5 year old outgrew it, but now needs to have his tonsils/adenoids out. My 13 month old has yet to have his 1 year immunizations b/c he always has this cold. Dr. finally started him on Singulair 4mg daily through the whole winter and it does seem to help keep the pneumonia at bay and stop the wheezing. We are hoping that he, too, grows out of it. As a medical professional, I say if you are in question, take your child in to the doc. The worst that can happen is they will tell you she's okay and set your mind at ease. If you think they are missing something important, try another doc! Your ped should at least acknowledge that your daughter might be one of these kiddos who is sick all winter, and keep an eye on her for something more significant.
B.J. answers from Detroit on February 14, 2008
You should get a second opinion whenever a cough wont go away. Have you considered allergies? Do you have a cat? I had a similar situation when my son was a baby and we found out from an allergist that he was allergic to our cats and he was producing too much mucus. Just a thought...hope she gets better!
E.M. answers from Detroit on February 14, 2008
My 19 month old has it too, I call it the day care cough. I brought it up at his check up's and they are not worried about it. I have several friends who say the same.
Both my husband and I have allergies so I am starting to think it may be the beginning of his.
K.W. answers from Detroit on February 14, 2008
This sounds very similar to my 13 month old daughter. It's hard to tell sometimes because we are often in between colds and teething as well. But I discussed it with out pediatrician and we think she might have some allergies (her 3 year old brother deals with seasonal allergies). Some people/doctors will say they don't have allergies that young but my doctor said it's not impossible. We have an older home and try as I do I can never keep it dust free. Regardless her cough has seemed minor enough too that we have not wanted to put her through allergy testing or to medicate her. We are condering an air purifier with a hepa filter.
E.R. answers from Kalamazoo on February 16, 2008
sounds like asthma or allergies and they are linked together. Get a allergy test. Read an article about COPD findings, over 75% of American population has COPD and doesn't know it. COPD is emphasema and chronic bronchitis, brought on by allergies and asthma. It is not detectable. You don't have to be a smoker to be exposed. Even the RADON in your home can do that. Check around on this. I am not an expert, I have COPD. A pulmonary test, is a test that meaasures your breathing capacitiy. Good luck!
G.K. answers from Kalamazoo on February 14, 2008
You could ask her Dr. to test her for pertussis or whooping cough. The cough can last up to 90 days. Just a possibility. If she has it, they would prescribe antibiotics. Sounds like she would be over the worst of it by now. I hope you find answers soon ; )
A.M. answers from Detroit on February 14, 2008
K.K. answers from Detroit on February 14, 2008
If you are really concerned about it, I would go for the second opinion. I would try and see a pediatric pulmonary specialist. My daughter(7) had a persistent cough when she was younger and has since been diagnosed with asthma - a cough variant type. She mainly coughs and only wheezes when it gets out of control.
Good Luck and a second opinion can never hurt!