Posted by: kerry | 2009/09/01


bad cough

hi Dr. my son is 16months. he had a dry cough which turned into a wet cough and the dr said he had a bit of bronchitus so put him on anti biotics for 5 days which finished 10 days ago. after stopping anti biotics for a week the cough has now come back. it affects him mostly when lying down and at night but he is also coughing a bit during the day. he has these coughing fits where he coughs and coughs until he makes himself gag or vomits. it is a very wet cough. on sat my Dr gave us deselex and singulair sachets. he hasnt gotten worse but also isnt any better. he isnt otherwise sick, no fever and is eating well. when should i be worried? or take him to the paed?

Expert's Reply



Your son has a form of whooping cough called 'parapertussis'. This is a very difficult cough to treat and can be long lasting, sometimes as long as 3 months in duration.Antibiotics do not help, nor will Deselex or the Singulair. He would do best on an old fashioned antihistamine called Aterax syrup. The dose is 2.5ml at night. Speak to your pharmacist.

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