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unable to breathe due to stuck phlegm in throat

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 14, 2009
  • 04:04 PM

My son has been waking up in the middle of the night unable to breath. It's a very scary scene as he holds on to me for dear life with his eyes popping out of his head. We've been to the doctor a few times and gotten an xray. The xray came out ok and they gave us different versions of cough medicine and an inhaler. None of them worked. My son does not have a cough, cold, runny nose or anything like that though he has minor allergies. He is fine during the day and has been going to school. However at night, he chokes on phlegm that he cannot spit out. This can last for a scary while until he is able to clear his throat. I have not had a good night's sleep and have missed a lot of days at work since I don't know when I am gonna hear him gasping for air again. Please help!!! It's been 3 weeks!!!:(

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  • I am so sorry to read your son is going through this. I wonder if it has been resolved since it is a year later. I have gone through this myself as well as with my son. I wanted to offer some advice. First if it is really blocking his air, SMALL sips of seltzer water of club soda might immediately cut some of it. Second, after alot of ent back and forth, I found children's zyrtec and or astrotech nasal spray to be very effective in drying throat mucus.The nasal spray is different from the steroid sprays (ie rhinocort) because it is an antihistamine that stops the nose from creating too much mucus which drips down the back. I never had a stuffy nose nor did my son-it was almost always the back drip that is very thick and hard to move. I hope this helps and I hope you have found a good ent to help him. Again-keep some unopened seltzer or club soda by his bed and have him sip a small amount and see if that helps a bit. I am not a nurse or doctor but a mom who has seen this as well as experienced it. Take Care.
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