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#1 of 17 Old 10-05-2007, 02:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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The history: My almost 14 month old DD has had, for a great deal of her life, a cough. Just before she was three months old she had a bad cough and we went to the ER, did a bunch of tests, turns out, it was "just a cough and a slight fever". A coupld of months or so later, coughing a lot. Every day and especially at night. Her ped thought it was a symptom of reflux, so we did Zantac, then pepcid. Her cough didn't really go away, but got better, I guess? Then around 5 months or so the ped thought she had a strep rash on her booty, so we gave her antibiotics. Interestingly, the cough completely went away right at the exact same time. Connected? Who knows.

From six months of age until now she has had long periods of time where she has a cough. Right now she is going on week, oh, eight, I think, of a daily cough. In the last eight weeks she has had three colds, but a constant cough. It interferes with her sleep, as well. She wakes herself up coughing. I took her to the ped a couple of weeks ago and they had me try a nebulizer, but it didn't really do anything for her.

I am at a loss. I feel like every time I call the ped, she's at a loss, as well. We just keep trying different things and nothing is working.

Please, mamas, I beg of you, if you have any ideas for me, please send them my way. I don't understand how to help my little DD, I don't understand why she has been coughing for so long.
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Could this be allergies? I personally cough when my allergies are active- and some times that is my only symptom. My DS1, had reflux and allergies had a cough for the first 5 months of his life- we put a pot of water on low on the stove with a little eucalyptis (sp) oil in the water. We also ran a humidifier. This really sounds like it could be an allergy induced irritation.

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Thanks, mama. I know nothing about allergies, but I always assumed they manifested in red/itchy eyes and sneezing. I will ask the ped about allergies. We have tried running a humidifier in the bedroom, but not every night. Maybe I should do it every night?
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I had a constant cough as pretty much my only symptom of a sensitivity to dairy. It started out as just clearing my throat constantly, and escalated until I was having daily coughing fits. Flonase and Zyrtec helped a little, but not a lot. I cut out dairy almost 8 years ago, and after the dairy cleared my system, haven't had a coughing fit since. After a year or two I was even able to add some back in, just not nearly to the level it had been before. If you want to test this theory, you'd need to cut dairy out of both your diets if you're still nursing - my daughter reacted quite strongly to dairy in my milk.
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Thank you for the idea on the dairy. I will bring this up with the ped, as well. We are still nursing, and will likely be for a while. Oh, how I bristle at the idea of dairy elimination!
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No advice, but I've had to eliminate dairy completely and just wanted to say that you CAN do it if you need to! The first week or so was tough for me, I got some serious cheese and yogurt cravings; but after that it was ok.

I've been dairy-free for nearly a year now, and it's really not that bad
Just a warning, it can take a few weeks to completely clear your/her system, so don't give up if you don't see results right away. It's worth a try!

I hope you can get this figured out really soon!
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poor baby! so young and so much medicine.

is she vaccinated?

if it were my child, i would absolutely not give her any more medicine (of course we don't vaccinate either) but would instead use the natural healing aids that we are familiar with.
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Thanks mamas. She has only had two each of DTaP and Hib. I won't do any more vaxes until we know what's going on.

I'm so annoyed with the ped right now, as well. I called again and got a call back from her PA saying to keep her head elevated on a pillow at night (which I already do), give her Robitussin at night (which I don't want to do), give her chamomile tea and sit with her in a steamy bathroom before bed. And to call on Monday if it doesn't get better. Apparently the ped was "not very concerned".

Am I over-reacting? I don't know, I would think a small child coughing that much would be a concern.
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Has your doctormentioned asthma as a possibility? Seems like it could be.

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I would also question whether its Asthma. Dairy allergy could also be a culpert too. I know dairy makes my brother cough and cough till he throws up. Same with corn. He can't eat anything with corn in it.

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If it were me I would get a referal to a allergist and a lung specialist (not sure the name of that one) and find out what is going on. Obviously your ped hasnt a idea what is going on so it is time to get a fresh perspective on things.

It sounds like asthma is a real possibility to me since often asthma kids will cough at night as a symptom.

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Thanks mamas for your insight. I think I am going to call my doctor and ask her to see my DD. I am not feeling very confident in the ped at this point.

I was reading The Baby Book this morning and it also said that coughing for a long period of time could be allergies. I guess I want to see if there is any way to further pinpoint what the allergy could be before we start going at it willy-nilly. Could it be a food allergy? Allergy to the cat? To mold? To pollen?

I am very interested in the asthma question, as well.
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It could be a allergy to almost anything. The only way to tell would be allergy testing. My dd had the testing done when she was just shy of 2yo and it really helped get things under control for her. Asthma and allergies often go hand in hand.

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A Pulmonologist deals with lung issues.

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Perfect. I will ask about a referral to a pulmonologist. Hopefully there is a pediatric one I can find that can help.

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When I had daily, noctural coughing for nearly 4 months straight, it turned out to be asthma. For some people, wheezing isn't the main symptom - coughing is.
And if a cough is persistant/constant and resistant to medicine, it sounds real likely to be asthma/allergy-related.
Like you said, there are so many things to possibly be allergic to, and it can be hard to narrow it down... seeing a specialist is a great idea.
For me, dust mites are my main allergen. I treated my asthma with a steroid inhaler once I determined that it was, indeed, asthma, and changed my environment as much as possible to reduce dust mites. I moved to a new apartment with no carpeting, replaced as much upholstered furniture with wooden as possible (vinyl and leather are dust-free options, too) and have nothing upholstered in my bedroom. I wrapped my entire mattress and boxspring in heavy plastic, and buy a new pillow every 6 months.
It's work, but it helps.
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bronchitis?

illnesses are important, especially in this highly dynamic time in your toddler's development...hard and often heartbreaking, but important nevertheless...
I would always first hand go to a doc, as you did, to find out what he/she thought it was...I would then go into naturopath mode, finding what herbs work for that illness...homeopaths would come into play, too, hopefully offering a good acute or constitutional remedy....
regardless, for cough like that (asthma-like) I always go to mullien and thyme tea....with honey, it just melts that brick-in-the-lungs feeling away...mullien also aids in sleep with those uncomfortable feelings.

check into any kind of seasonal perversity or allergy, of course as well

best of luck!

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