Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Beryl | 2011-05-22

Q.

Wet cough

Dear Doc

My daughter is 2 and a half. She seems to have phlegm on her chest. Her voice is husky at times and when she coughs it sounds " wet" .

I have had symptoms for about a month now and have had 2 separate courses of antibiotics. Although it is highly likely that she picked her " issue"  up from me, she also started crè che on 2 May.

The pharmacist advised me to give my daughter Benilyn cough syrup for wet coughs to loosen / thin the phlegm. Is this the best that I can be doing for her? I assume that since she does not have a fever, an antibiotic is not required?

Many thanks for your advice!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your daughter has recently had a chest infection probably an illness known as bronchiolitis. This is a virus infection caused by the RS Virus and may persist for as long as 6 weeks before your child recovers. Being a virus infection antibiotics do no help at all, so the 2 courses of antibiotics would have had no effect on her chest infection.Keep her nose clear by using Salex nose drops twice daily. Give her Mucospect twice daily to loosen the mucous still on her chest and give her a good probiotic such as Probiflora for 10 days. As she is now in a creche and she has not a good start there with a chest infection in her first month, she should be on Creche Guard daily.Do not give her the Benylin Cough Syrup.

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