Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Tanya | 2009/04/08



Hi Doctor- just needing advise. My son is 5yrs old, weighs 21kg, is healthy looking, but in the past 2 weeks has had " coughing fits"  that has made him vomit - he has gorging eyes, and ear drum slightly protruding. I started off with him on the sinuclear thinking he had a post nasal drip 2 weeks ago, but this did not help. on the 1st April 2009 took him to a G.P who gave him Prelone 7.5ml daily, Deselex 5mls daily, and naso spray 1spray daily each nose. By Sunday I took him back to the G.P who then gave him Singulair 1 tablet nocte' , ventolin pump 3xday/prn, and more Prelone 6mls daily. he coughed the whole of Sunday night i was in tears and so desperate I gave him adrenaline nebuliser which helped him a lot and he slept the whole night no coughing. Took him to my paediatrician on the Monday 6th April, he examined him, and feedback was lungs clear, gorged eyes -chronic coughing, bulging ear drum from coughing, no infection, chest clear, concluded he had spasms due to season change, and put him on a nebulising plan, Duolin 6hourly for 2 days then 12hourly for 2 days, and pulmicort 12 hourly for 2 days.-ith 12mls prelone just for 2 days ,already been on this for 6 days. Pholtex cough syrup 5mls just in the eveningas .Today is Wednesday, and he is still coughing a lot, more during the day, and on intervals in the evenings - is this too early to be paranoid? Should I go back to my paediatrician or should I go to a pulmonologist - Please help me I have become desperate, and feel so sorry for this little boy - who now doesn' t want to eat much - " in case he vomits"  Look forward to your feedback - and thanking you for such a great service.

Expert's Reply



Your son has the typical symptoms of whooping cough. I am surprised that this diagnosis was not made with such a clear description of his symptoms. This is a difficult cough to stop and may persist for as long as 3 months in some cases. Stop all the medicines listed here as they will not help your son. Ask your pharmacist for Aterax Syrup and give your son 10ml at night. This will enable him to cough less and to get some sleep.The cough will then gradually subside.

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