Dd2 (5) had had a cough for 2 weeks, it mainly effects her in the mornings but today she seems to be coughing more, it doesn't sound chesty (just your avarage cough), she's had a slight temp (37.5 maximum) on and off, again mainly in the mornings. She seems happy enough, just a bit quieter and tired than normal. She's unable to tell me if her throat hurst as she has ASD and is almost non-verbal. I don't usually take her to the GP unless she stops eating and drinking (then i know she's unwell). How long should a cough last? Should i take her to the GP tomorrow? I'm reluctent to take her as there seems to be so much going around and i dont want to come back with something worse than a cough .
DD had a persistant cough and I did see a gp but he said in absence of any fever, secondary infections etc it was normal and could go on for up to a couple of months. It lasted nearly 4wks in the end and at the end the cough was almost habit.
If you are concerned I'd go for peace of mind but with no temp and no problems eating/drinking, no undue lethargy I would think it just viral.
Thank you, i will leave it and see how she is in a day or 2, was just worried as it seems to be getting worse not better but some coughs do seem to do that dont they? I think i'm in for a bad night as she is coughing and waking herself up .
I wait until they're asleep and put my ear to their chest. If you can hear persistant wheeze or (I think it's worse) a squeak as they breathe then you definitely need to check it out. However the cough is actually a sign that the body is reacting against the infection, the cough is clearing the mucus from the lungs which is good. Dd1 had really bad pneumonia and hadn't coughed at all until the antibiotics started clearing it and the doctor said the cough was a good sign.
Thanks DeWe, i will have a listen to her chest in a minute when i go to bed, she used to get a lot of throat infections but hasn't had one for a while, have checked her throat and it doesn't look too bad. I dont really want her to have antibiotics if she doesn't need them (as they often make her very poorly), my gp seems to hand them out for every cough or sniffle.
Thank you, she seems worse today, lathargic, lying around (is usually hyper), i'm popping her in to the gp just to check her throat and ears, temp was 37.8 (still not really high), just want to check she has no infection because it usually takes a lot to make her poorly and stop running around.
Hope she's better soon. Depends on the child as to whether I look at low grade fever as a temperature. Dd1 I wouldn't worry at all about it. Dd2 is fine on that sort of temperature, but if it starts rising much, then there can be problems, because if she gets to about 38.5 it starts shooting up and is really hard to get down, so I keep an eye on it. Ds I would get checked out as it usually means he has an ear infection which may well burst shortly. He doesn't get much temperature with them though.
GP checked her throat and said 'its very sore but not infected' so just a virus, pleased we went though as GP said dd2 has Impatigo (sp), i thought it was just a spot that she had picked. So she now has antibiotic cream for her chin and we will give her calpol for her throat.