Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Malie | 2011-06-08

Q.

Cough

HI Doc, my son is 2 yrs 1 month, he has been coughing for the past month, he got medication from the clinic and then i took to the doctor as he was still sick. he finished his treatment but still coughing so i started giving him calpol, this has been going on for a while now. i though it was the milk as he has developed an allergy for lactose at 9 months, i changed his milk then to a lactose free, when he was 1yr 2 mnths i gave him NIdo 1 which has lactose and he was fine, he doesn''t refuse the milk but since he is been coughing i cut down on the dairy products including his milk, but still coughing, i really don''t what to give now as he does like all other kinds of food, i do give him vegetabel soup but what else can i feed him? and what other milk can i give a 2 yrs old?should i take him for allergy testing?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your little son's cough does not sound like an allergy. It only started about a month ago and if he was allergic he probably would have shown some symptoms earlier.His cough may have started off with an infection probably a viral infection causing an illness such as bronchiolitis.Another possibility is that he has whooping cough as there is a lot of this illness going around this year.I do suspect whooping cough as your son has not responded to any of the treatments so far.The cough of whooping cough can continue for as long as 3 months and is worse at night. You can ask your doctor to prescribe Aterax syrup 2.5ml at night for about 14 days to see if this helps to reduce your son's coughing.

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