Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nicolette Croucamp | 2011-10-20


Persistent cough, no success with antibiotics

Our two-year old boy has had a persistent cough for about two months, it appears sinus related, gets worse at night, when he lies down or runs around - reacting with a choking cough from the collecting phlegm. He has finished two courses of antibiotics and the cough still persists, as does a high to low-grade fever, runny tummy and lack of appetite. We are at a loss now. Please help, we need advice and a light...

Expert's Reply



Your little son sounds as if he has whooping cough. He now has the side effects of all of the antibiotics. Give him a probiotic for 10 days such as Probiflora.Whooping cough is very difficult to treat and no cough mixtures or medicines seem to help. Unfortunately this cough can last for up to 3 months sometimes.Try giving him an old fashioned antihistamine called Aterax syrup 2.5ml at night and see if this helps.

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