Toddler coughing for two months
DR91 · 27/01/2023 23:49
My almost 3 year old has had the usual onslaught of nursery germs this winter, luckily mostly just mild colds but we’ve never seemed to fully get over one before the next arrives.
He has now had a cough on and off for around 2 months, I’d say pretty consistently for 1 month. I feel like the cough in the day has got better (as in still there but less frequent) but at nighttime we’re still totally stuck, he’ll be settled for a few hours and then once he starts coughing he will be up and down for hours having quite bad coughing sessions (to the point of wretching at times).
We’ve tried every trick in the book to help him.
We went to the docs last week who asked us to wait a few weeks to see if he improves by himself, otherwise she said they may refer him for a chest x ray, but I’m wondering why they’d offer this and what they’d be looking for. He displayed like this a few years ago when he had a chest infection and antibiotics sorted this out, so I’m wondering why this hasn’t been suggested this time.
Toomuchinfor · 27/01/2023 23:53
Coughs can go on and on unfortunately as inflammation can take ages to go. I can only think the other markers of infection aren't there and they're trying to save costs. But you can ask for a referral to a paediatric respiratory consultant or pay privately to see one and they can check everything. GPs are notoriously ill informed about how to treat viral wheeze etc long term.
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