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Chronic cough in 2.5 year old

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  • Posted By: ashleymoon
  • April 29, 2008
  • 00:36 AM

My son is 2.5 and has had a Chronic "barking" cough for over a year now. We have been seeing his dr over and over since January 2007. He has been treated for asthma with an inhaler and steroids which made his cough tremendously worse. So we stopped that treatment. We started treating and still do for allergies with benedryl or clairton. He was allergy tested for 47 different inside/outside allergies, food allergies etc and only ONE came back, dust mites which was a 2 on a scale 1-6(being the worst). He has been on and off anti-biotic, which i HATE! We did a sinus x-ray and he had a chronic sinus infection so we treated that with SIX WEEKS of anti-biotics/ (Omnicif). What was weird was that his cough was GONE while on the anti-biotics and about 2 weeks of being off of them his cough has now returned at full force. The dr called in a prescription for acid reflux. (My son was born with acid reflux but we never had his tested to see if he had "grown" of out it, the dr thinks that the acid could be irritating the esophagus causing him to cough) I have been thinking of getting a second opinion but i am not sure any other dr will be able to see anything different! I am at wits end! My son was coughing so bad last night i was in tears, not because it was keeping him and I up but because i felt so bad for him. There have been times where he will cough so hard he will throw up! Finally I went downstairs with him gave him a tums, a bottle of warm milk and a cough suppressant(which usually NEVER WORKS) and he stopped coughing and went to sleep. I don't know which one worked but something did. FYI i did at one point cut ALL milk products out of his diet and that didn't help one bit. I have tried almost every cough suppressant over the counter even prescription and they don't work. cough meds nothing works! I think i covered everything. If anyone out there has had a similar situation and maybe knows the cause or what to do please help!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you in advance. Ashley

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