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#1 of 6 Old 07-20-2005, 11:12 PM - Thread Starter
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My son (7) has had a very light and lose cough for most of the summer on and off. When I saw the doctor in early June she checked his lungs and they were fine. She suggested that it may be an allergy which I find hard to believe. The cough eventually subsided but has been back for a week at least. It is very lose and he does not have any other cold symptoms such as a runny nose or a sore throat. Could this cough be due to pollution. We live in a big city in the Northeast. Has anybody experienced similar symptoms?

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#2 of 6 Old 07-21-2005, 10:49 AM
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I wonder why you don't think it could be an allergy?
My older DS and I both have been that way off and on this summer, and it's happened in the past...allergies.
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dd had a chronic cough on and off for months and she was diagnosed with asthma. She has just recently been diagnosed with allergies too.
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Have you thought about using something to strengthen your son's immune system?

Pycnogenol is a terrific immune system builder, and usually is able to eliminate most seasonal allergies. Of course, there are lots of others as well.
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My daughter had a cough for months and nothing I tried would get rid of it. We then gave her Congaplex from "Standard Process" supplements, and that got rid of it in literally 2 days! You can get a chewable form of it. Some kids don't like the taste, but luckily my daughter liked it. It might be worth trying!

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I love Mothering... whenever I have an issue I'm tempted to start a thread about, I do a search and ususally find the exact topic I had in mind!

For the last two winters in a row, my DD has developed a cough that lasts for about two months at a time. Both of those times, it was a dry cough, and happened in the Real Winter months. I took her to her ped. to check in, and he wasn't concerned. It just faded away very gradually.

About two weeks ago, the cough came back.
It is not winter quite yet, and this time she sounds a little raspy. As it slowly gets worse, she's having fits that sound like barking, with harsh gasps for air in between. Just like before, though, she has no other symptoms at all, and feels fine when she's not coughing.

Does this sound like asthma or allergies to anyone?
Would a family practitioner be likely to pick up on it if it was, or should I seek out someone else?
She has an appt. with our FP in two days. (I'll ask about whooping cough too- any experience with that, anyone?)

bbb- I've never heard of Pycnogenol. What is that? Where do we find it?

kdandq- is that supplement geared toward this specifically? where did you get it?

We've tried some herbs, natural cough syrup, and are still upping her Vitamin C... no change. I feel badly sending her to school, even though I've discussed it with everyone and they're okay with it, since it's her only symptom.

Help! Thanks.

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