Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Fia | 2011-08-04



Our baby of 11 months old is coughing now for 4 months without stopping. She initially got flu and after several doses of antibiotics and penisilin, different cough medicines and allergy medication she just does not stop coughing! Can it be sinus that causes these coughing? What medication can be used in this case?

Expert's Reply



You do not mention whether your baby is at a creche and whether she has had more than one chest infection.I am concerned that your baby girl has been coughing for as long as 4 months. She also does not respond to treatment for her cough. It is possible that she has a reflux problem with aspiration of tiny amounts of her food or some other reason for her persistent cough. It would be best to take her to be seen by a paediatric pulmonologist so that a proper diagnosis can be made of the cause of her coughing. There are experts in all the main centres in SA.

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