Childhood Diseases

Posted by: MattsMom | 2011-02-18




My son (5) has had a cough for the last 2 weeks or so that won''t let up - he has been on a course of antibiotics and was initially given Sinuclear to use. Well, the Sinuclear has finished and he is on Flusin now. He''s nose doesn''t run but he does have the bad breath smell assosiated with a post nasal drip. He is not feverish and does not look sick but does complain that his back is sore??

What concerns me however is that this cough of his seems worst in the mornings and again as soon as it get''s dark - surely that is indicative of asthma? He was with a pediatric pulminologist when he was younger due to the reoccuring broncipneumonia (sp) he was experiencing. (premmie, born at 29 weeks, 1.4kg at birth)
The pulmonologist however said it wasn''t asthma but he was put on seritide, a cortizone syrup and used a pump for a short while. This cleared up quickly and he hasn''t really been sick except for the odd cold here and there.

We have a lot of alleries in our family (my side) with asthma. Any light you can shed on this would be most helpful.

Thank you

Expert's Reply



It is difficult to say if your son does have asthma despite his strong family history of asthma. He has only been ill for 2 weeks this time. His illness appears to have started off with an infection as he was put onto antibiotics. He was diagnosed as having a post nasal drip which may have come from sinus infection. Following this kind of mainly upper respiratory infection, many children develop a cough like you describe here due to a condition called 'tracheitis'. This is a dry cough which is irritating and can last for up to 6 weelks. The main thing you need to do now is to keep your son's nose clear. Use a Sterimar nose spray twice a day. It will help him to give him a safe cortisone syrup such as Prelone Syrup 5ml daily for 5 days to help to heal his tracheitis.

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