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5 yo with hacking cough every winter?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 26, 2006
  • 11:38 AM

We had her tested this spring for allergies and none were found. This cough usually is accompanied with a stuffy nose, which none of the over the counter decongestants work, and none of the allergy meds work to decongest either. Rarely has there been a fever. The history seems to be that she had a few ear infections as a baby, had croup(sp) at 9 months of age during the winter, and has since had these symptoms every winter. We've also tried humidifiers at night time, which don't seem to work either(cool mist ones). The children's musinex seems to work a little bit. If anyone has any other ideas, please help.

Thank you,
Concerned mommy

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  • My kids have asthma. Cough is usually the only way it shows up. If it gets severe then they wheeze, but it usually is just a cough. They tend to cough if they have a cold, if they have been running a lot, if they have been in the cold, or if they are around things they are allergic to. If your child tested negative for allergies, that does not mean it is not asthma, or reactive airways as they like to call it in kids before knowing whether it will turn into asthma or not. There are lung function tests to diagnose asthma, but a 5 year old is probably unable to do it. The easiest test is a trial of Albuterol inhaler. When our kids are sick, and we want to know whether the cough is from the cold they have or from their asthma made worse by the cold, we just give them a puff of their inhaler. If it helps, it was asthma. If not, it's the cold. Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 05:02 AM
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  • Just because your daughter tested negative doesn't mean she does not have allergies. Some doctors do not do very good testing. Maybe try another docotor and see if there is a highly sensitive test they could do. Also, follow up with a docotor that specializes in upper respiratory conditions. Do not see a pediatrician see a specialist they know more about that area. Good Luck! Keep going to different docotors until you get an answer it may take a while, It took my friend 2 years and 10 different types of doctors later before she was properly diagnosed with a very serious condition! Other docotrs kept saying nothing was wrong and it was all in her head. She is better now.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2006
    • 10:24 PM
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