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6mo DS's cough is driving me nucking futz!!

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ElphabaTheGreen Wed 05-Dec-12 02:45:51

6 mo DS has had a cough for at least six weeks now, following an initial cold. He has it during the day, but it seems worse at night and it's making his godawful sleep even worse. Been to the doctor three times about it - first time, he said his chest was clear; second time he said he heard some crackles and gave him antibiotics, most of which got spat out; went back a third time today and was told by (a different doctor from the last two times) that his chest is completely clear. He is totally healthy, if a bit perpetually snotty, otherwise and has never had a temperature during this, or any of the other two or three colds he's had in his life. I have tried, and am continuing to try:
- raising the head of the cot - if I do it any more, he'll be standing up
- saline drops in his nose
- running the hot shower full blast during his night time bath so he's sitting in a steamy room
- Vicks
- Decongestant plug-in which I've now switched off because I can't help but feel it's making it worse.

What the hell is causing it and what can I do about it??

Themobstersknife Thu 06-Dec-12 08:53:23

That's really interesting. Am now wondering if that is what DD2 had as she was doing that gagging thing.

bellarose2011 Thu 06-Dec-12 09:03:36

When my dd coughed for weeks and weeks on end the doctor also mentioned the 100 day cough. It really is a nightmare but it will clear up.
What about one of the plug inns? I think you can get vicks ones.
I doubt it would cure the cough but maybe ease it a bit?

bellarose2011 Thu 06-Dec-12 09:05:16

Sorry just noticed you had already used a plug in.
Hope you had a better night last night

toosoppyforwords Thu 06-Dec-12 11:12:02

Hello. My 4 yr DD always had a persistent dry cough. It was much worse at night and nothing we did seemed to ease this, prevent it or stop it once she was coughing. SHe could be coughing for literally an hour at a time with a short respite only for it to start again.She and the whole family were exhausted as this could go on for weeks at a time.
We kept taking her to the doctors who said she was fine, chest clear etc and we were at our wits end
However, about a year ago after reaching our wits end with it we took her back to the doctors - saw a different one who straight away said Cough related asthma. I tihnk there are conflicts of opinion in the medical profession as to whether this exists (my mum btw has this also) as there is no associated wheeze like with traditional asthma so it gets dismissed.
My daughter was put on a variety of inhalers and since then we have not had the problem anymore. Cough is very infrequent now and as soon as we notice it the inhalers are out and we manage it. SInce this, we have not had the persistent night coughing.
Hope you manage to get to the bottom of it, it is awful

carocaro Thu 06-Dec-12 13:41:30

Totallly the best thing I have ever bought for my two chesty/asthma prone DS's - get one now!

Also an anti histimine helps, like Piriton, please check the age limit as I can't remember off hand.

PLus look into post-nasal drip.

ElphabaTheGreen Thu 06-Dec-12 15:30:48

You guys are awesome - thank you so much. thanks

Caro That's exactly the humidifier I bought! grin

Themobstersknife We're in Lancashire, but thanks for the offer! smile

Adding linctus to the ever lengthening list of remedies tonight assuming he doesn't spit it out like everything bloody else that might help.

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