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DS cough sounds like choking

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7dayslater · 04/12/2019 19:30

I've posted in AIBU for traffic.

I don't know if I'm just being overly anxious or not, hence I'm posting. DS 18 months has had a cold with a cough over the last 4-5 days. Earlier this afternoon DS sounded like he was choking. I quickly leaned him forwards and patted his back and then he vomited a bit. He immediately wriggled free to go play. DP reassured me that DS is fine, just coughing & lots of mucous etc (which I know can cause vomiting in small children).

Since then DS has been fine in himself but sometimes as he coughs it sounds as though he is choking or clearing his throat, it's hard to describe. It doesn't last long, or seem to affect him but each time it gives me a fright.

I'm after reassurance I think. I'm a worrier and have phoned 111 many times, I don't want to waste precious NHS time. Has anybody experienced similar?Sad

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Nessaofbarry · 04/12/2019 19:32

I think the fact he’s wriggling to go play is a good sign. I’d take him to the docs in a couple of days if he gets no better but I doubt it’s anything serious


CatToddlerUprising · 04/12/2019 19:32

Out of hours doctor or appointment via 111. It may just be a virus, but it may not. DD has had multiple hospital admissions through it just starting as a cough. Better to let a doctor listen to his lungs to check


FlaviaAlbia · 04/12/2019 19:34

My DS's always did this with a cold, they couldn't blow their noses so snot went down the back of their throat as well as having a runny nose.

As well as vomiting it up every so often, their nappies were grim while it lasted.


Unicornhamster · 04/12/2019 19:36

Could it be croup? One of my twins had it a few weeks ago and he sounded like he was choking, it was much much worse in the evening. We called 111 the nurse could hear it over the phone and sent us to A&E, they gave him some steroids and we were home a few hours later.


ChaiNashta · 04/12/2019 19:40

Maybe just call 111 or see your out of hours GP to listen to his chest just in case. My LO started off like this and now we're in hospital as it's turned out to be bronchiolitis which the doctor said is a very common virus for under 2's at this time of the year.


7dayslater · 04/12/2019 19:54

Definitely not croup, DS also had croup a few weeks ago and had to have steroids. Hope your DS recovered quickly.Thanks

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7dayslater · 04/12/2019 19:57


I don't think DS has bronchiolitis as he had it last year and he doesn't have the same symptoms. It's so horrid. I really hope your LO is on the mend soon!

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MegaBlock · 04/12/2019 19:58

My 2 year old is exactly the same. Doctors wouldn’t see her, thankfully she has improved after a massive load of sick seemed to have got the majority of the stuck phlegm up. I’m a worrier too and she’s prone to febrile seizures so I’m extra alert I think.


Sleepdeprivationistorture · 04/12/2019 20:05

My 13month old is exactly the same tonight! I put her to bed an hour ago and she’s already woken up coughing/choking three times already!
It’s so hard because there’s not much you can do to help, I find running the shower really hot and sitting next to it with dd to steam her helps to loosen the mucus!


PixieDustt · 04/12/2019 20:21

You're not wasting NHS time but phoning 111 for advice.
I'd call 111, they are going to be the best at guiding you what to do/where to go even if someone can have a little listen to his chest.


PixieDustt · 04/12/2019 20:21



lobsteroll · 04/12/2019 20:27

My youngest is doing this at the moment too (4 month old). It's horrible but I do think it's just the mucous getting stuck in the throat. You know your child best though and if your instinct is that there is something wrong then call for peace of mind.


7dayslater · 05/12/2019 23:54

Just wanted to update, DS has been fine & seems to be on the mend today. Thank you for all of your reassurance. Smile

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