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Child sounds like he has a smoker's cough --w update

post #1 of 13
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Hi guys. My almost-2-year-old sounds like he's hacking up a lung here. For about a week he's had several short coughing spells a day. My hunch is it's allergy-related. Our air is very bad here -- we get all of our pollutants as well as the pollutants from the Bay Area. We're moving in a matter of weeks. But I wonder if this cough could be something else that I need to attend to. If it's allergies, I think our best bet is moving. His lifestyle is good otherwise. But if it could be something else that needs attention, I don't want to let this go when he could be getting treatment. TIA

Amanda
post #2 of 13
You should probably have him checked for asthma. In a lot of children the only sign of asthma is a cough. It could be his allergies also, but asthma is a very good possibility and one that needs to be checked out ASAP.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Good idea. Doesn't asthma have a wheezing sound associated with the cough? This cough is more of a mucous cough -- you know when you have a lot of drainage and have to clear your throat? That gurgling sound. Could that be asthma? Asthma rates are super-high here as you might imagine.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
His coughing doesn't seem to be associated with his activity. He does cough during the night here and there. And he does snore. But about 6 weeks ago he started having a lot of mucus draining from his nose -- allergies I assume since it lasted about four weeks and he had no other symtoms. About a week ago the cough started and the drainage improved, but starting today he has a runny nose again. So the snore may be from the allergies or it could be asthma. Perhaps I should call a doctor.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by CK'sMama

ETA: with the gurgling, maybe it is post nasal drip from allergies.
That seems right to me based on his behavior.

OK. We're moving. We have already bought another house and my mom is there now supervising the clean-up. We have our house for sale by owner, but we're going to call an agent to get this show on the road. The agent (who just bought my mom's house across the street) can take care of business while we get settled into the new place. I really thought our lifestyle would protect him more from the toxins here, but thank God we're making good decisions or he could be a real mess.
post #6 of 13

this sounds like my daughter

I was checking out the boards to figure out why (in the last week mostly) she has this hacking cough. She coughs mostly after running/biking and especially in the middle of the night for about two hours. She is so tired in the morning for school.

She does have allergies to cats/dust mites/grass. Should I just go get a seasonal allergy remedy? Is this what it is? How can I help soothe her cough? I feel bad for her. Thanks.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
Karon,

it could be seasonal allergies, but I would have asthma ruled out just in case -- especially since she coughs more after physical activity. Though I had bronchitis growing up and coughed while running, so it doesn't mean it's asthma.

Amanda
post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
Liz,

Thanks again for your help. We do have an air purifier, but we've already moved it to the other house. LOL. And now it's warm enough that doors and windows are open, but perhaps I'll bring it back and use it at night until we move.

Our house was listed on the MLS last night and we've decided to spend about 4 days a week at the new place for now to give Frederick's lungs a break.

Amanda
post #9 of 13

What kind of air puifier do you have?

Gale Force,

We are looking into air purifiers for our bedroom. Which one do you have? How do you know what is a good one?

Before we knew she was allergic to cats; she was around one for 3 days and started wheezing. This is what prompted us to take her to an allergist. So I guess this means she does have asthma but so far it has only been to being around cats.
post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Liz,

It's been so long since we bought our air filter, I don't even remember what the features are. Perhaps you should start a thread and see if people have recommendations.

It sounds like an allergist has determined that your daughter has allergies. But it is possible that she also has asthma, that's what I'd have her checked out for specifically.

Amanda
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Update:
We saw our doc's PA last Wednesday and she checked him out for asthma -- just listened to his lungs for wheezing. None. Thank goodness. He looked great otherwise and agreed it was a good thing we are leaving this toxic air.

Thursday morning we headed to our new place in the mountains and after about two days his sinuses had cleared significantly. We are back now, but are leaving again Wednesday morning. I plan to spend most of my time up there with him now because of this. Internet access is a long distance phone call until we get set up with satellite, so I don't really get online there.
post #12 of 13
Gale Force,

We lived an hour from The Bay area when my dd was a year old and since moving to the Seattle area her "allergies" have seemed to pop up. I am wondering if the change in climate affected her. It was hot and dry there and wet up here. Hmmmm.

That is good he does not have asthma. I have been looking into exercise induded asthma as well. When she runs she ends up coughing; no wheezing though. I need to read more about asthma to understand it.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Just another quick update -- he's definitely responding to the change in environment -- he gets stuff only hours after returning to the valley. My chiropractor says that the air quality is so bad here that it's like having a 2-pack-a-day habit -- by the summer it will be even worse -- equivalent to 4 packs a day.
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