Two weeks after all of this started, I took her to the ped. who determined that there was no sign of infection and said she prob. had a cold. Two weeks later, I took dd back when there was no improvement. We have a family history of allergies and asthma, and I thought that dd's symptoms seemed similar to Reactive Airway Disorder. Her ped. dismissed the idea and said it seemed as though she may have a dust allergy. She prescribed Zyrtec, which I gave to dd but discontinued after a week- it didn't work at all. We have a hepa filter, and went out and bought dust mite free mattress and pillow covers. We also had someone come and clean all of the dust out of our central air unit. No change in dd's cough. Her ped. sent us to an allergist, where they immediately wrote prescriptions for skin cream (even though there is no visible eczema on dd- they simply asked if she has ever had it and I told them yes, although it was a year ago) and steroid nasal spray without determining the problem first. I was very up front and let them know I would not fill any prescriptions until we had a better idea of what the cause of her cough was. We scheduled skin tests for dd, although I had some reservations, and the results indicated no allergy whatsoever. The allergist wasn't sure what the cause of dd's cough was, and said simply that it could be any number of things. I get the impression that asthma and allergies are not easily diagnosed in toddlers, but that no one wants to admit it, because then they lose a profit. In the meantime, my little bug still coughs like crazy every night, although she seems to have made a little improvement over the last week or so (on no meds). I would really appreciate it if anyone who has been through this could share their experience, as well as suggestions for natural remedies. Thank you for reading this if you made it this far.
MY allergies were going nuts this year so I expect my dd has them too. Mine got better and so did hers so I am hoping it's a spring time thing. It's bothersome though. I totally understand. They wake themselves up coughing and stuff. One cold bug she had was so bad that I think it went into her ears and her throat and that's maybe why this lingered and lingered and lingered. My dh wondered if she had some kind of smoking habit and was sneaking off to smoke a pack of Marlboros or something. It was that irritating a cough. Dry. Like a smoker gets. It happened mostly at night.
I think you may have to wait this one out a little. If she is not otherwise uncomfortable. I gave my dd some ordinary cough syrup on particularly bad nights. The Triaminic Nighttime formula. Not every night but on the nights when she could not seem to stop. Give it another month.
Good luck mama. It's a worrisome thing. I know.
Jish, I have been leaving my ceiling fans on at night- I wipe the blades down regularly, but never thought of them as a potential problem. I am going to turn them off and see if it helps.
It sounds like you've gotten some good advice about allergies and asthma prehaps that is what is causing your dd's cough. Hopefully your dd will be doing better soon.
Mom to two boys, 2002 and 2004 and a bouncing baby due in June, 2012!
Mine has the same thing going on. It went away but last night I heard the "seal cough" again. I thought it was bronchitis the first time. Does this sound like everyone else's cough? Like a barking seal? It's not pertussis. My pedi says "allergies" but no one in my family or beyond has allergies and no one has asthma, either. My son does have eczema, though. She has no fan in her room and is only 3.5 so a pillow seems too advanced for her. She coughs primarily at night and in the morning, too. Does that cough sound on track for the post nasal drip issue?
DD was in respiratory distress a couple times before being diagnosed (chest and neck retractions) but running around and playing, and just breathing rapidly. The second time it happened it was worse. But it's scary because she didn't have the words to tell me what was going on. But when she got the mask treatment in the ER and did not fight it and fully cooperated, that told me it was a relief to have treatment. Night coughing was also an issue (and waking her up). Since being on regular steroid inhaler she has been sleeping better at night and has not had a repeat of resp. distress. I'm normally all for natural treatments....but this medication could very well save her life by preventing a severe airway reaction next time she gets a cold.