Posted by: Maria | 2011/06/13


Constant coughing

My daughter is 9. For the past month she has been coughing and snotty most of the time. I treated with OTC meds, and finally took her to the doc on Monday the 6th. Doc prescribed Zithromax for 3 days, a mixture of Betanoid and Bisolven 3x per day and Budeflam inhalar caps twice a day. In addition I gave Demazin and Ponstel when I felt it was necessary.

Saturday the 11th we were back at the doc and this time we went for blood tests and a chest x-ray. Doc also prescribed Singulair. Doc called with the results on Monday and said to continue with current meds. Her blood tests were fine, x-ray showed no pneumonia or bronchitis, but a narrowing a the airways causing wheezing.

I''ve tried to keep her indoors and quiet as much as possible, and when she went to school made sure she didn''t do sports. She has drunk an entire bottle of ViralGuard over the last couple of weeks.

Although she isn''t deathly sick - no fever, occasional complaints of headache - she is also not getting better and has a constant irritable cough as soon as the meds wear off.

Should I take her to an ENT for another opinion? The gp says ears are fine but she is hearing impaired and any upper airways infection makes us worried.

Is there any other OTC remedy that we can try?

I have also been sick for the same period of time, and have gone through 3 courses of antibiotics as well as a course of cortisone. Are we reinfecting each other all the time?

Expert's Reply



It seems that your daughter's illness is being prolonged by a constant post nasal drip. The most important single thing you need to do for her is to keep her nose as clear as possible.Use a Sterimar nasal spray twice daily every day until her nose is much clearer.She has had a recent quite severe viral infection and most of the medicine she is on including the antibiotic will not help her to get over this illness. She may take as long as 3 to 4 weeks to clear up completely. Give her a good probiotic for 10 days to boost her immunity and also give her Scotts emulsion daily for the same reason.You can keep her on the Singulair every night but the other medicines will not help at this stage.

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