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My 3yo. DS had a 103.5 temp 4 weeks ago today. He had it for one night and then his only symptom was a dry cough for the next 3 weeks. This past week it has been more productive, but we are still battling it.
We have been doing:
vit d 1,000/day
mercola multi
sodium ascorbate
childrens dha
and Chestal- Homeopathic cough syrup- for the past week.
Today, I feel something deep within my chest. I am about to start mega dosing and hopefully will continue to avoid this nasty bug.
I know a lot of you have had experience with the cough. When did it finally go away, what did you do that you feel made a difference, etc.?
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My 8yo has had this. She had suspected swine flu starting oct 15, we went to the dr last thurs because the cough just would not quit. They gave her amoxicillan and still after a week, the cough was even worse. We went back, and she had a coughing fit in the office, and the dr was able to listen to her lungs while coughing. Without cough, her lungs sounded normal, but when coughing, she was crackling. She ended up having walking pneumonia. She was given a Zpack, and a nebulizer with albuterol. It seems to be working- she has been on the zpack since fri, and this morning the coughing is noticeably lessened.
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Oh, and this is considered a secondary infection to the h1n1 flu,.
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Same here, it's been at least 3 weeks for me, maybe 4 and I'm still coughing. I'm really healthy, so this surprises me. I'm taking all of the things you listed pretty much. The thing that is helping me now is actually drinking water when I start coughing. That didn't help at first, but now it is. It's really strange to me that it seems to be going between dry to productive whenever it wants, and forget about exercise, when I do I have a huge coughing fit! I think it is part of a virus (perhaps h1n1), and that it just has to take its course. I've heard from so many people about lingering coughs that I'm not going to do any sort of antibiotic unless I feel sicker.
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The cough for us didn't go away until we took so much sodium ascorbate that we had diarrhea.

Don't forget a little bit of zinc.
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As for the really healthy- my dd is my healthiest kid- she's had antibiotics once for a really bad infection when she was 3. She's 8 now. Otherwise she gets run of the mill stomach bugs or a cold, but nothing that makes her SICK. And the swine flu hit her the hardest of all.
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One more thing I thought of is flavonoids to go with your vitamin C.
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She ended up having walking pneumonia. She was given a Zpack, and a nebulizer with albuterol. It seems to be working- she has been on the zpack since fri, and this morning the coughing is noticeably lessened.
This sounds like DD.

She is 19 months old. Had a bad fever, sore throat and dizziness about two weeks ago, must have been H1N1 (7 days AFTER her shot, so she got it in the window where she wasn't immune )

After she recovered from her fever, she had a dry cough, I thought things were improving, and then this weekend she got a fever again, at night, and her cough is worse. Sounds crackled.

I am convinced this is a secondary infection.

I will take her to the Dr. this week.

WHAT are they going to put her on? She has only ever had ibuprohen.

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This sounds like DD.

She is 19 months old. Had a bad fever, sore throat and dizziness about two weeks ago, must have been H1N1 (7 days AFTER her shot, so she got it in the window where she wasn't immune )

After she recovered from her fever, she had a dry cough, I thought things were improving, and then this weekend she got a fever again, at night, and her cough is worse. Sounds crackled.

I am convinced this is a secondary infection.

I will take her to the Dr. this week.

WHAT are they going to put her on? She has only ever had ibuprohen.

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They originally gave her amoxicillan, but that did nothing for her. They switched her to a Zpack, and she has one pill left, and the coughing has slowed down, but not stopped.
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Looks like the cough has settled down the last few days. Not sure if it is 100% gone, as it seems like the virus causing it seems to stick around and flare up. We still have congestion and fatigue.
We are at 5 weeks now.
The thought that people have gotten this repeatedly is weighing me down. I hope we have kicked this to the curb for good now!
I hope all of you are healing and on the mend.
mommytomaya- how is your little one?

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She is finally doing better. She ended up needing a steroid to calm her extremely inflamed airways, so that she could finally stop coughing. She is also on a maintenance inhaler in addition to as needed nebulizer treatments. She got the prednisone on monday, and is just now slowing down A LOT on the coughing- instead of coughing for like an hour once she coughs once, it is one or two coughs every so often. She only needed one nebulizer treatment yesterday.
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mommytomaya- so glad she is better! this bug is nasty!
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Yikes! It's back again!!!!
DS coughed for about 5 weeks at which point it went away for about 4 days. Well now it is back and the coughing has increased in frequency. This time he also has a lot more congestion and itchy eyes. He also has the classic "sick eyes", his under eye areas are dark.
Our first go around I was pretty sure it was viral- high fever and dry cough, this time seems to be more of a cold, maybe bacterial. My poor little guy seems so exhausted from being sick for SOOOOO LONG ! He is still in good spirits.
Hoping my doc can fit us in tomorrow afternoon to check his cough and lungs- main thing that worries me.
Thinking we may need to do a course of antibiotics- he has never been on them. My dad was just treated with them for his long cough and it knocked it right out. Ugh, I hate to think of his poor little gut.
How is everyone else doing?
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Try ginger baths and ginger cough syrup. My dd had a really bad cough, deep in her chest. I was getting worried that it was going to turn into pneumonia. On the suggestion of someone I gave her a ginger bath (epsom salts, and dried ginger in a hot tub try to keep him in for at least 20 min). I also made ginger cough syrup. I took ginger and grated it and squeezed the juice out of it and mixed that about 1:1 with honey and gave her small spoons of that (she is 21 months) twice a day. I started this at bedtime figuring I would be taking her to a clinic the next day (out of town visiting family at the time.) Her cough changed and although it wasn't instantly better is was much less and quickly went away. I kept up the nightly baths and twice daily cough syrup until she was nearly 100%

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Thanks momma! Off to make some ginger syrup now. I really appreciate the suggestions. Glad your LO healed quickly.
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OP, I hope the appointment is helpful. I'd take him in too at this point.

Itchy eyes and congestion sounds possibly allergic? Is that possible? Or maybe an unrelated cold. I hope. Either way he needs looked at to rule out secondary infections and viral asthma and the like so I'm glad you're going (well, I wish he was better and you didn't need to go of course).

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OP, I hope the appointment is helpful. I'd take him in too at this point.

Itchy eyes and congestion sounds possibly allergic? Is that possible? Or maybe an unrelated cold. I hope. Either way he needs looked at to rule out secondary infections and viral asthma and the like so I'm glad you're going (well, I wish he was better and you didn't need to go of course).

Thanks for the support! I was thinking allergies at first as well. However the only thing that has changed in his environment is new grass at school and he has never showed any sensitivities to other grasses or allergens (except legumes). If anyone knows, with an allergy to grass or other environmental allergen do symptoms cease when there is no exposure?
His cough has just gotten so much worse overnight and today, that I am thinking it is a cold/secondary infection. Although, I haven't looked into viral asthma. I can't wait till this cough is kicked to the curb for good!
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my son has this too.. it will go away for a day or two sometimes, too, or seem like it's getting so much better, but then it comes back. he's had this since the week before halloween.
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Thanks for the support! I was thinking allergies at first as well. However the only thing that has changed in his environment is new grass at school and he has never showed any sensitivities to other grasses or allergens (except legumes). If anyone knows, with an allergy to grass or other environmental allergen do symptoms cease when there is no exposure?
His cough has just gotten so much worse overnight and today, that I am thinking it is a cold/secondary infection. Although, I haven't looked into viral asthma. I can't wait till this cough is kicked to the curb for good!
My husband has to take a benadryl every time we cut the grass. He doesn't even cut it...just being outside around fresh cut grass gives him a reaction.
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It is pneumonia.
He ran a 104 temp last night and I took him in 1st thing this morning.
He has a fever, congestion, sick eyes, major cough.
They gave him antibiotics. I hope they work.
Also, when do I give probiotics...is it two hours after antibiotics?
My poor little guy, he seems so miserable.
Any words of advice?
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That's great that you listened to your instincts and took him in. He is in good hands with you. If the antibiotics don't work, they can prescribe a different one or maybe a z pack. I hope someone answers your questions about the probiotics. I think is like 2-3 hours after? And keep them up for a while. I did this last time I had antibiotics, and I didn't get yeast which I'm prone, too. It will be fine.

YOu might want to ask your dr about vitamin c with the antibiotics. I heard it helps them work faster. I read that in Raising a Vaccine Free Child. I forget what the exact mechanism was...extra white blood cells maybe?
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sorry to hijack.. but ds has had the same symptoms as the pp since october- one night of a fever and then just a cough.. however, his cough is not bad- usually it's just occasionally during the day, and it has not slowed him down one bit. i put a humidifier in his room which has helped his nighttime coughing. however,during the day i still hear some rattling in his lungs. i can't get a drs appt until next month, but i'm wondering if this could be asthma? i don't know what to do. i've talked to dh about taking him off of sugar and gluten for awhile since i've suspected problems with those for awhile.. is there anything else i should do?
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sorry to hijack.. but ds has had the same symptoms as the pp since october- one night of a fever and then just a cough.. however, his cough is not bad- usually it's just occasionally during the day, and it has not slowed him down one bit. i put a humidifier in his room which has helped his nighttime coughing. however,during the day i still hear some rattling in his lungs. i can't get a drs appt until next month, but i'm wondering if this could be asthma? i don't know what to do. i've talked to dh about taking him off of sugar and gluten for awhile since i've suspected problems with those for awhile.. is there anything else i should do?
Could be asthma. Could be pneumonia (even without fever). Why no doctor until Jan? Is there any clinics you can do now? If it's asthma you need an inhaler or nebulizer to kick it. If it's pneumonia going on this long he likely needs meds.

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For a cough that long, I can't believe they won't see him immediately! I would go to the er for that, not wait yet another month.
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I would definitely try to take him in to a clinic or the er if you can't see the doctor- especially if you can hear it in his lungs! My DS has pneumonia and I only heard it if I pressed against him and listened really well.

Also, getting a handle on whatever is going on will help his immune system recover, especially since we are heading into winter and maybe another H1N1 spike.

Chest percussion's in the shower are working well for us. Sit and steam up the bathroom for 10 minutes and then lay child across your lap with upper body lowered (for drainage). Cup your hand and pound on their back for 5 mins. or so. 3-4 times a day is what we have been shooting for and it reallly helps to loosen stuff up.

Hope you get some answers and your little one heals quickly!
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we just moved to this area and that's the earliest i can get an appointment with someone as a new patient.. i can look into clinics..
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yeah, I would definitely look for something immediately if not last week. Lungs are nothing to mess around with- once they are damaged once, you are way more prone to chronic problems.
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Ds has been slowly recovering from pneumonia and one symptom that has really stuck around- itchy eyes. I have been going nuts trying to figure out what it was. This morning I noticed red bumps on both feet and then some on his legs. I then found them on his wrists and faintly on his cheeks. I put aloe on them and decided to monitor them throughout the day. Around 7 I decided to call my girlfriend who is an ER doc and told her about his newest thing. She came over and thinks that is most likely measles. Supposedly the worst is over know that we are seeing the skin rashes? No, he has not had an MMR.
I am so tired of having a sick little one!
Mommas- advice or words of wisdom would be so appreciated- I am feeling so overwhelmed !
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Measles? Yikes! How is your LO doing?
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